Minority Business Assistance Center September 29, 2021 | Vol. 2, Issue 35
Bid Notices

Due: Varies

Due: Varies
New Projects Available!
Upcoming Events
Fall Kick-Off & Open House
Food, Vendors, Radio One Live Remote and more!

  • Find out how to start, expand or finance your business
  • Learn about CUL entrepreneurship programs
  • PPE Giveaways for your business
  • Tour Fifth Third Bank's Financial Empowerment bus

When: Tuesday, October 19

Time: 10A - 4P

Where: Columbus Urban League adjacent
Save The Date!
Executive Education Series
This Growth Wheel series dives into the 4  
main business categories.

Look at what is working and what should  
be working to help you grow your  

Who: MBAC - Columbus

When: Every Wednesday

Time: 11AM

Where: Zoom
"Introduction to Grant Writing" Workshop
Join us for this very special Grant Writing workshop in collaboration with Arts Wave and the Cincinnati Public Library! We will be covering the basics of grant applications. This is a class you do not want to miss!

Who: MBAC - Cincinnati

When: Thursday, October 14

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Zoom
Small Business & Neighborhood Improvement Loan
$25,000 – $500,000
Small businesses and healthy neighborhoods are critical to the economy. Investment in neighborhoods reinforces property values and contributes to overall quality of life. To support small businesses and facilitate investment in low-to-moderate-income neighborhoods, the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority (CFFA) created the Small Business & Neighborhood Improvement Loan.
The program provides low interest, fixed-asset-based financing to qualified applicants. Loans may be used for:
• Purchasing land, building and/or building renovation
• Purchase of machinery and equipment

Please contact Patty Huddle, PHuddle@ColumbusFinance.org or 614-427-0394
Columbus Franklin County Finance Authority
Pace Financing $200,000 to $8,000,000
PACE financing may be used for cost-saving energy efficiency improvements to existing buildings or new construction. Financed amounts range from $200,000 to $8,000,000 including all project-related costs.

Many types of energy-saving technology may be financed. Through an ASHRAE Level 2 energy audit, a certified contractor or engineer will identify opportunities for potential energy saving improvements. Common examples include LED lighting, HVAC, air filtration, energy management systems, and roofing.

Contact Jeremy Druhot, Manager of Programming and Projects, to learn how the Finance Authority can be a partner on your next project.

Selling Your Products and Services to the State of Ohio
Hear the latest information on how your business can sell its products and services to the State of Ohio. Ohio Office of Procurement Services officials will give updates on OhioBuys and other information including how to register your business in this program, and take your questions.

When: October 6th
Time: 10:00A EST
Where: Webinar
 Doing Business with ODOT  
This workshop is designed to inform businesses on opportunities with Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) including highway infrastructure projects (construction, consultant services) and non-construction goods and services.

When: October 14th
Time: 10:00A EST
Where: Webinar
$2.45 Million Available for Industry Sector Partnerships

The Ohio Industry Sector Partnership Grant helps fund collaboration between businesses, education and training providers, and other community leaders who are invested in improving their region's workforce. These collaborations create a more...

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Financial Planning Course Available to Ohio Businesses

Starting and running a business is always a challenge, given the failure rate of 50-70% in the first four years. The economic volatility of recent COVID-19 disruption has only amplified confusion, anxiety, and fear. Profit Mastery is an...

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Small Business Relief Office | Development Services Agency

Review your financials and cash flow. How long can you "make it through" in case of a quarantine, lost wages, employee absenteeism (when you are paying for sick leave AND not bringing in revenue). What do you need to bridge the gap?

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News & Updates
How to Establish Business Credit for the First Time

Access to cash and credit is a business's lifeline. Business credit allows a company to to borrow money that can be used to purchase products or services. It is based on the trust that payment will be made in the future.

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Attention Women Business Owners! WBE Certification is now available!

For more information, or to apply, contact the MBAC office at mbac@cul.org
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners recognizes the benefit of competing for opportunities to do business with the County and the advancement of economic inclusion improves equity, economic mobility, and quality of life for all Franklin County residents.

Over $1 million to support minority-owned small businesses still struggling because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Additional funding of $950,000 will go toward low-interest loans to assist businesses that have been unable to secure conventional financing for new or expanding operations.
Both programs will be administered by the Columbus Urban League and will build on a Business Growth and Equity Alliance