State of Ohio Announces Partners to Help Grow Minority-Owned Businesses

Jun 20, 2017 | News

Morgan Bleich-Lee.
Ohio Development Services Agency.

The Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) has selected seven partners located across Ohio to help develop and grow Ohio small, minority-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses through the Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC) Program.

This program supports minority-owned businesses by offering no-cost counseling, state certification support, and trainings focused on creating jobs and increasing sales. Partners of the MBAC program consist of non-profit organizations, economic development organizations, and educational institutions with strong experience in business and economic development.

The selected recipients of the MBAC program included the Akron Urban League, African American Chamber of Commerce Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Urban League of Greater Cleveland, Columbus Urban League, City of Dayton: Human Relations Council, and the University of Toledo.

Contracts that were extended included the Warren/Youngstown Urban League.

For more information about the Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC) program, visit: www.minority.ohio.gov, then click “Minority Business Assistance Center”.

The MBAC program is managed by DSA’s Minority Business Development Division and is a state initiative to develop and grow Ohio’s small, minority-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses.

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