Access to markets, business opportunities and corporations arecrucial for SMME’s to survive and to besustainable. The BusinessAssociate is an agency of the South African Supplier DiversityCouncil (SASDC). The SASDC is a corporate led movementfor sustainable, mutually-beneficial linkages between largecorporations and competitive black enterprises. It is the first ofits kind in South Africa, and is affiliated with a global network offive supplier diversity councils.The goal of the SASDC is to facilitate business to business linkages between its corporate members and bona-fide BlackOwned Business Enterprises geared towards becoming long-term, qualified entities capable of competing in the national andinternational economicmainstream. The SASDC is for businessowners who are serious about growing a sustainable businessand increasing their supply to corporates in South Africa.The SASDC implements a rigorous black supplier certificationprocess and maintains a database that is approved by theCouncil’s members as a collectively endorsed methodologyand standard for assessing and certifying black suppliers withwhom they would be prepared to transact. Applicant businessesthat are successfully certified are loaded onto the SASDC Black Supplier Information System database.