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Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC)

Monthly Newsletter | February 2022 | Vol. 3 Issue 05


Hello, from your MBAC Columbus Team!

Congratulations to Tia Johnson and Fresh Bloom Bins!


Fresh Bloom Bins featured in ColumbusCEO magazine as one of 5 companies making a difference in Solid Waste management.

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Columbus Small Business Utility

Bill Assistance Program

Special emergency funding is available to eligible small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the City of Columbus with city water, sewer, stormwater and/or power accounts that are having difficulty paying their utility bills or are at the point of disconnection.

This program offers a one-time matching grant of 50% of the past due amount of an eligible City of Columbus water, sewer, stormwater or power bill, up to a $5,000 maximum. Approved customers will receive a one-time credit on their account. Funding is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to apply online or view brochure with application.

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For Childcare Providers: Announcing the Child Care Stabilization Grant!!

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), Office of Family Assistance, was approved through the State of Ohio Controlling Board and Legislative Appropriation to spend these federal stabilization relief funds. For more information, click here.

Meijer to Hold a Supplier Diversity Event in Search of

Diverse-Owned Merchandise Brands and Service Suppliers

March 29 - 31


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer announced today that it will expand its third Supplier Diversity event to include diverse-owned service providers, as well as retail-ready products for its shelves. The March 29-31 event will give diverse-owned businesses nationwide the opportunity to showcase their offerings for interested Meijer buyers and procurement teams.

Diverse-owned brands with merchandise in the following retail categories can apply for the

event here:

  • Beauty and personal care
  • Over-the-counter and wellness
  • General merchandise
  • Grocery

Additionally, the retailer is accepting submissions from diverse-owned business service providers offering the following goods and services here:

  • Inbound transportation carriers
  • Skilled trades for construction and facility maintenance
  • All business services (Marketing, HR, IT and Financial)
  • Supplies, packaging, MRO and signage
  • Environmental, real estate and new site services
  • Store fixtures, manufacturing and warehousing equipment

Certified minority-, LGBTQ-, woman-, veteran- and disability-owned businesses with products or services in the listed categories can apply by Monday, Feb. 7 for consideration. 

For more information click here.

Need to get certified?

Contact the MBAC at

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The Minority Business Development Division Presents:

"Municipality Day"

Tuesday, February 8 at 11:00 AM

Wright-Patterson Opportunities | U.S. Small Business Administration

Franklin County | City of Cleveland

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MBAC Training Calendar | February

(see details below)

09 | 11 AM | Webinar

E-Commerce 101: How to Start an eCommerce Business

| Priscila Teixeira

16 | 11 AM | Webinar

Combating Cyber Risk

| Sandra Moody & MarKel Snyder

23 | 11 AM | Webinar

Factoring 101: A strategic source of working capital

| Renee Tyack

24 | Webinar

Let’s Get in Front of the Money with Stephanie R. Bridges, Grantwriter, Consultant, MBE

| Stephanie R. Bridges

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Marketing Consultant and eCommerce Strategist, Priscila Teixeira, is a visionary entrepreneur who opened her first business at age 12 and has since then worn many hats including roles of CEO, Founder, Marketing Consultant, Creative Brand Director, Operations Manager and more. She has opened and run a variety of retail stores and multiple eCommerce businesses for the past 30+ years.

Register Here
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Join cybersecurity specialist MarKel Snyder and business insurance guru, Sandra Moody-Gresham as they share the latest news, best practices, technology and resources available to ensure the security of your business. You will learn…

  • Why "World War III" is digital
  • The vulnerabilities in your e-commerce business
  • The fastest growing cyber risks
  • Why you need incidence response and continuity plans
  • The latest Cyber Mitigation Tools
Register Here
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Join Renee Tyack as she shares how to generate cash flow utilizing your accounts receivable. Renée has literally grown up in the cash flow business. Capital-Plus, established in 1992 by her father, specializes in helping businesses streamline their revenue cycle and balance cash flow via customized accounts receivable management and financing programs.

Register Here
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Stephanie R. Bridges, grantwriter, consultant, workshop facilitator and funding source liaison, has helped artists, entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits secure more than half a million dollars in funding. Learn as she shares her experience as a small business owner and MBE, and about the workshops she offers to support small and emerging businesses.

Register Here
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ODOT's Virtual Bonding

Education Program

When | Each Thursday thru March 3, 2022

Time | 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

All DBEs are invited to attend a Bonding Education Program (BEP) brought to you by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Small Business Transportation Resource Center for the Great Lakes Region. The six-week course and will be held virtually. The Ohio BEP will help small and disadvantaged businesses to become bond ready, increase capacity, and ultimately compete for and participate on transportation-related contracts. This will be a great opportunity for those interested in learning more about contracting opportunities on transportation construction projects.

Register Here
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State of Ohio Procurement

Construction Opportunities

Click for more information.

City of Columbus

Bid Opportunities

Click for more information.

State of Ohio

Procurement Opportunities

Click for more information.

Weekly Dodge MBE & WBE Projects

List (18 Counties)

Click for weekly list.

Email Request for Bid Docs.


Procurement Opportunities

Click for more information.

Franklin County

Bid Opportunities

Click for more information.

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Procurement Opportunities

Click for more information.

Westerville Procurement Opportunities - Model Year 2022/2023 Fleet Vehicles Needed

Click for more information.

E Home Street

Area Improvements

Click for more information.

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The Ohio Micro-Loan Program

Designed to stimulate the growth of new and existing MBE & WBE certified businesses, the program provides micro-loans at 0% interest. The loans range from $10,000 - $45,000. Loans will be repaid within five years for permanent working capital and seven years for equipment.

More Information

Women's Business Enterprise Loan Program

Designed to stimulate the growth of existing women-owned businesses by providing loans at market rate or below market rate interest (currently up to 3%). The minimum loan amount is $45,000 up to a maximum of $500,000. Loans will be repaid within 10 years for equipment and machinery and 15 years for owner-occupied real estate.

More Information
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In case you missed it...

Parts 2 and 3, "Yes, You Own it Series" Recap


Minority Business Assistance Center, Columbus Region |

Hosted by The Columbus Urban League

Jesse Mark, III, MBAC Director

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