"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.   Intelligence plus character  -  that is the goal of true education."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Northwest Mountain MSDC Scholarship Fund

Every year, the Northwest Mountain MSDC awards over $25,000 in scholarship dollars to minority-owned businesses, primarily as a result of donations received at Council events and fundraisers. Over the last 9 years the Council has provided over $235,000 in Minority Business Scholarships.


The Scholarship Fund Supports:

  • Minority business development
  • Minority executive education
  • Conferences, workshops and seminars
  • Business engagement sessions
  • Subsidized MBE participation in national and regional events

Ways to Donate to the Scholarship Fund:


Become an Annual Sponsor.

Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Emerging Sponsorship


Secure Donation via PayPal.


Donate by Mail:

Make checks payable to:  Northwest Mountain MSDC

Northwest Mountain MSDC
Attention: Mayra Rivera
545 Andover Park West, Ste. 109
Tukwila, WA 98188

Annual Sponsors

Bank of America Executive Education Center, Michael G, Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Bank of America Executive Education Center, Michael G, Foster School of Business, University of Washington

MBEP | Program History

The University of Washington is well positioned to offer minority executive education programs due to the Consulting & Business Development Center. For ten years, the Center has linked students, faculty, and staff from the UW Foster School of Business with a racially and ethnically diverse business and nonprofit community to expand students’ knowledge and skills, help small businesses grow, create and retain jobs, open educational opportunities for under-represented minority students, and stimulate innovative economic development research.

Executive Education and the Consulting & Business Development Center have created a strategic partnership with the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (NW MTN MSDC) to launch the Minority Business Executive Program (MBEP) which has been designed to increase the competitiveness of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs).

For more than 38 years, NW MTN MSDC has been an advocate for minority businesses by working with corporations and public agencies that understand the importance of having a diverse supply base that reflects their customers, as well as today’s global economy. The organization currently serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

A major component in launching the MBEP is the generous financial support from our Founding Corporate Partners: The Boeing Company, Microsoft Corporation, Nordstrom, Inc., and Zones, Inc.  Their financial support and expertise allowed for the development, specialization and launch of this program. The Foster School of Business wishes to acknowledge and thank them for their support.

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2016 MBEP Group at Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle. 

2016 MBEP Group at Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle. 

Executive Education Programs


Minority Business Education Program (TBD)

Seattle, Washington

This accelerated one-week intensive program is designed to assist minority and women business leaders in facing current and future business challenges. Participants will learn to utilize financial tools to make more effective decisions, develop and understand long-term strategic plans for growth and sustainability, learn how to market their products and services more effectively, manage their processes and projects more efficiently and develop their leadership skills. They return to their business with new skills, a renewed personal energy, and an invaluable network of fellow minority and women business leaders.

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Building a High-Performing Minority Business (TBD)

Hanover, New Hampshire

Over the course of this five-day program, you’ll develop the skills it takes to help your business thrive. The case study for the week is your own business. You’ll evaluate your overall business strategy in the context of rapidly-changing markets. Diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of your operations. Analyze a balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. Develop an effective marketing strategy. Improve your ability to communicate your vision and inspire your team. And strengthen your professional network through the relationships you make as a member of the Tuck minority business alumni community.

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Growing the Minority Business to Scale (TBD)

Hanover, New Hampshire

During this five-day program, you will join a group of other successful minority business leaders in assessing your business strategy and exploring how your core competencies can be redirected to provide a growth trajectory. You’ll learn the foundations of innovation and how they apply to your company. And you will gain a better understanding of how to adjust your capital structure.

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