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Take the CPSD™ Exam following the 2011 NMSDC Conference — November 3, 2011

FOR RELEASE: September 6, 2011

Register now to test for ISM's supplier diversity designation in Atlanta.

(New York, NY and Tempe, Ariz.) September 6, 2011 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), along with the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.® (NMSDC®) have arranged for members of either organization to take the new Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) Exam following the 2011 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair in Atlanta. The CPSD™ Exam will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2011.

The new CPSD™ designation launched by ISM is developed for supply management and supplier diversity professionals who want to strengthen their knowledge and enhance their credentials in the field of supplier diversity. The CPSD™ Exam covers the major areas of supplier diversity and supply management.

NMSDC has been instrumental in working with ISM to include diversity subject matter experts in the development of the new designation. As a supporter of the new CPSD™ program, NMSDC has arranged for the CPSD™ Exam (one of two exams required for applying for the CPSD™) to be available to its corporate members on Thursday morning, November 3.

Registration fee for the onsite CPSD™ Exam in Atlanta is US$180. Non-ISM members who register at the special rate of US$180 will save US$85 from the normal non-member rate. For more information on the CPSD™ Program, CPSD™ Exam specifications, and specifics on the onsite CPSD™ Exam visit Registration for the Atlanta exam closes on October 14, 2011. This exam is facilitated by ISM. ALL questions about the CPSD™ Exam should be directed to ISM via email at

About Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) |
Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals and organizations with an interest in supply management in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) qualifications and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

About NMSDC |
Providing a direct link between corporate America and Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American-owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country's leading corporate membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.

The NMSDC Network includes a national office in New York and 37 Regional Councils across the country. There are 3,500 corporate members throughout the network, including America's top publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The Regional Councils certify and match more than 16,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase their goods and services.

Media Contacts:
Jean McHale |
Manager, Public Relations
Institute for Supply Management™
(U.S.) 480-752-6276, extension 3143
(International) +1 480-752-6276, extension 3143

Kim Brown |
Director of Communications
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc®
212/944-2430, ext. 116