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DMSCA 2014 
Education & Training 
"The Corporate Mentoring Program (CMP) – Defining Supplier Development”

March 4-6, 2014
Seattle Marriott 
Waterfront Hotel
2100 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Washington  98121



1700 Rockville Pike
Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20852

David J. Burton

DMSCA Mission
Corporate Mentoring Program
The CMP Network
CMP Supplier Engagement Sponsorship & Underwriting


Formerly operating as the National Minority Manufacturing Institute (NMMI), the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA) is a non-profit organization with the mission of developing, creating, and retaining a value-added manufacturing and logistical supplier base capable of competitively performing in strategically sourced global supply chains. DMSCA’s emergence addresses a critical business need to effect successful supplier development programs in an era of strategic sourcing, supplier performance risk mitigation, changing demographics, and global competitiveness.


The formation of DMSCA is rooted in a white paper developed in CY 2001 by David Burton entitled "The Strategic Intervention of Minority Suppliers in the OEM Supply Chain.” The paper served as the basis of a supplier development pilot project in South Carolina funded through the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP); and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The National Minority Manufacturing Institute (NMMI) was formed in 2004 to engage with corporations in the private sector to support the development of a minority manufacturing base using an integrated performance driven model. With support from major founding corporate members, the NMMI Corporate Mentoring Program (CMP) was developed to support achievement of the organization's mission. In 2008, NMMI refined the CMP process further by partnering with the Supply Chain Council to integrate into its process an open source performance metric standard to measure supplier supply chain performance. It also broadened its outreach to include all diverse manufacturing groups and logistics suppliers. The NMMI organization name was then transitioned to the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA).

DMSCA Mission

The mission of the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA) is to provide direct manufacturing and logistics supplier performance improvement and development services to businesses who share our commitment to

developing, creating, and retaining a viable minority manufacturing supply base in national and global markets;

increasing the supply, improving the quality, and reducing the cost of materials produced by minority suppliers in support of strengthening their economic and technological competitiveness;

fostering the retention, development, and creation of jobs provided through minority manufacturers in minority communities; and

stimulating investment in minority manufacturing enterprise capability and capacity development.

Corporate Mentoring Program (CMP)

The performance and quality driven supplier development and supply chain alignment process developed by NMMI and refined by DMSCA is called the Corporate Mentoring Program (CMP). The CMP is now a best practice Supplier Development model that

benchmarks a supplier’s performance against that of its customers and its global competitors;

determines performance gaps and gap analysis at diagnostic levels;

utilizes in-plant assessment and diagnostics to develop a performance-driven improvement plan;

provides improvement plan implementation support and/or assistance utilizing industry best practices;

engages suppliers in performance monitoring and a performance–driven continuous improvement process;

fosters sharing of Key Performance Indications (KPI) and other data via performance dashboards; and

supports capacity development and expansion.

These actions are integrated into a nine phase 22 week supplier development process which addresses the supplier’s development at four different Business Process Platforms: (1) Process Critical Requirements; (2) Supply Chain Performance Benchmarking and Gap Analysis; (3) Customer Critical Requirements; and (4) Supplier’s Business Context and Strategic Objectives. (see below)

Platforms for Supplier Development

Supplier Development Platforms


According to the Supply Chain Council, a focused customer and supplier CMP engagement can result in significant supplier process improvements including cost reductions of 30-35% and average revenue increases of 3-5%.

Learn more about the Corporate Mentoring Program (CMP).

The CMP Network

The CMP Network consists of (1) companies that become either Sponsoring Corporate Members or Basic Corporate Members that embraced the Corporate Mentoring Program (CMP) as its supplier development and supply chain performance alignment model, and (2) the Suppliers sponsored into or self-enrolled in the CMP. Within the CMP Network both Corporate Members and CMP Suppliers

access value-added suppliers

develop existing supplier capabilities

solve supplier development problems

leverage best practices

standardize supplier improvement practices

save time in supplier sourcing qualification

CMP Supplier Engagement Sponsorship & Underwriting

Corporations and organizations may support engagement of suppliers in the CMP in three ways and at four different funding levels. Read more detailed information about CMP Supplier Engagement Sponsorship & Underwriting here.

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