SDO Organizational Partnerships

The SDO actively partners with the following organizations to provide certification services and/or to provide outreach and engagement services to diverse and small businesses.

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Certification Partners

Organization Name



Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE)

SDO cross-certification partner of Women Business Enterprises (WBE). Helps women business owners and aspiring women entrepreneurs launch and grow their business by providing access to resources, tools and support.  


City of Boston Equity and Inclusion Unit

SDO cross-certification partner of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MBE and WBE). Promotes inclusive economic growth, including ensuring that Boston residents, women, and people of color share in our City’s prosperity.



SDO cross-certification partner of Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBE). Provides resources for business disability inclusion worldwide and expands opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises.  


Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC)

SDO cross-certification partner of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE). Expands business opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), and creates mutually beneficial links between corporate members and Minority Business Enterprises.


National LGBTBE Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

SDO cross-certification partner of LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBE). Advocates for expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people.


VetBiz/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

Helps men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces achieve the American dream of owning and successfully operating their own businesses.


Community Partners

Organization Name


Amplify Latinx

Collaborative convener advancing Latino civic engagement, economic opportunity, and leadership representation.

Asian Business Empowerment Council

Coordinate and unifies a vibrant community of business owners, entrepreneurs, service providers, and advocates to build a strong collective voice for the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) business community across Massachusetts.

Black Advisory Commission

Advises the Administration on issues relating to the economic prosperity and well-being of the Massachusetts Black community.

Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA)

Advancing the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations, and residents in Massachusetts through advocacy, business and leadership development, and strategic partnerships.

Boston Impact Initiative (BII)

Focused on impact investing and economic justice, investing in opportunity for all people, especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system to lead a dignified and productive life.

Foundation for Business Equity

Builds collaborative ecosystems and programs that remove structural barriers, identify, invest, and expand approaches that will foster an environment of support, inclusion and growth for Black and Latinx businesses.

Global Initiative for Indigenous Advancement, Inc (GIIA)

Advances the social, health, education, and economic status of Indigenous people worldwide.

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Independent, non-profit organization that is the convener, voice, and advocate of our region's business community by connecting business leaders to build meaningful professional relationships.

Health Connector for Business

Health Connector for Business provides small businesses in Massachusetts (under 50 employees) with access to affordable, quality health insurance, with opportunities to save money through lower premiums, tax credits, and the ConnectWell wellness program, while giving employees the unique opportunity to pick their own plan.

Latino Advisory Commission

Advises the Administration on issues relating to the economic prosperity and well-being of the Commonwealth’s Latino community.

Lawrence Partnership

The Lawrence Partnership is a collaboration of business and civic leaders committed to building a local economy that benefits all people in Lawrence by helping to grow businesses.

Massachusetts Asian American Commission (AAC)

Advocates on behalf of Asian Americans throughout Massachusetts to recognize and highlight the vital contributions of Asian Americans to the social, cultural, economic, and political life of the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus

Defines, highlights and analyzes issues and concerns affecting people of color in Massachusetts; seeks to develop a sense of political awareness among constituents and to make the political and legislative process accountable and accessible for those who have been disenfranchised.

Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Cultivates inclusive relationships between LGBT-owned businesses and the corporate sector to drive economic impact throughout the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Massachusetts Veterans Chamber of Commerce (MassVCC) mission is to provide all military, veteran, and spouse business owners with the tools, resources, and network they need to strengthen their families, communities, and our economy. We are committed to achieving this mission by helping you tap into the power of MassVCC's network, attend our events, workshops, get assistance, and take advantage of our procurement risk assessment.

Small Business Strong

Small Business Strong is a non-profit organization empowered to help women and minority-owned small businesses navigate the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Small Business Strong provides expedited, pro-bono resources to small businesses ranging from access to capital to consulting, business restructuring, business growth, digital marketing, and customer engagement plans.

U.S. Haitian Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Promotes and empowers Haitian American businesses by creating a platform where they can showcase their services to the communities in Massachusetts and beyond.

Work Without Limits

A network of employers, educational institutions, employment service providers, and state and federal agencies with a goal of increasing employment of people with disabilities and contracting opportunities for businesses owned by people with disabilities.

Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England

The VBOC of New England provides information on small business ownership to service members and military spouses by facilitating and instructing Boots to Business, offering individual counseling, training, technical and financial skill development, comprehensive business assessments, and community building with veteran entrepreneurs. Jenniefer Murphy -, Phone: (844) 404-2172, Address: 69 Milk St Suite 217, Westborough, MA 01581

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