Weekly News & Updates

April 2, 2024 | Vol.9 Issue 12


Greetings Small Business Trade Partners!

This announcement is to invite you to RSVP for the outreach event we are hosting this week, Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm EST for DBE/DBP networking for the Wet Utilities, Dry Utilities, Roadways, Traffic Striping, Roadway Signage, Traffic Control, Signalization, and Earthwork scopes of work.

Location: Huntington Empowerment Center

774 Mount Vernon Avenue

Columbus, OH 43203

We are looking forward to providing access to the large bidders for these opportunities.

All bidders are required to provide a 25% DBE/DBP participation plan.

Also, we will have light refreshments, so looking to understand the head count.

Thanks in advance for your RSVP (Link below) and see you this Wednesday!

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Marketing Plan Workshop

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 @ 6 PM

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How to Fund Your Business - Webinar via Zoom

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 @ 1 PM

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From Posts to Profits: Social Media Posts That Turn Followers Into Customers

Monday, April 8, 2024 @ 3 PM

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Benefits of Volunteering with SCORE as a Business Mentor

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 @ 1 PM

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2024 GovTech Summit

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 @ 9 AM

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Accelerate Success: Mastering the Go-to-Market Strategy, Product-Market Fit, and Capitalization

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 @ 11:30 AM

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OhioX’s Tech @Night: Columbus

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 @ 5 PM

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We are proud to support the Initiative for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (IIE), an effort to build a comprehensive ecosystem to grow diverse B2B and B2G suppliers, aligned with the historic $10B State Small Business Credit Initiative.


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