Business Certification and Compliance

The mission of the Business Certification and Compliance Unit is to ensure equal opportunity access to and fair treatment in government contracting. The unit strives to achieve its mission by maximizing contracting opportunities through certification of minority-owned, women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses, certifying veteran-owned businesses, and enforcing the affirmative action laws and regulations required of contractors doing business with the State of Ohio.


Certification Programs

The unit has the responsibility for implementing the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program and the Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) program. Those responsibilities include:

  • Certifying minority-owned, women-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses, making them eligible to participate in the state's socially and economically disadvantaged business initiative programs;
  • Maintaining a searchable database of certified businesses;
  • Monitoring businesses’ compliance with certification requirements; and
  • Implementing program rules and conducting training.

The unit also has responsibility for certifying businesses into the Veteran-Friendly Business Enterprise (VBE) program.


Demystifying Certification

Ever wonder what happens to your certification application after its been submitted? If so, you aren't alone. In fact, "What's the status of my application?" is our most frequently asked question. 

To provide more clarity, we are making the processes for certification into the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) programs more transparent by posting them online. We hope that by doing so we better explain and prepare you for what to expect after you submit your application.

We also believe that posting this information online helps us advance our mission with integrity. The division exists, in part, to serve, support and find solutions for Ohioans by ensuring equal opportunity to and fair treatment in government contracting. It strives to achieve this mission in a manner that is consistent with the values of due process, fairness, consistency and integrity. Posting our policies and processes should signal our sincere desire to live out these values because it enables you (the public) to hold us (public servants) accountable to them.

Please click the image below to review the division's policies and processes.

 

 


Compliance Programs

The unit has the responsibility for implementing the Construction Compliance program. Those responsibilities include

  • certifying contractors’ compliance with affirmative action programs and equal employment opportunity laws and regulations;
  • reviewing and approving affirmative action plans;
  • monitoring state and state-assisted contracts and construction project sites;
  • implementing program rules and conduct training; and
  • providing assistance to state agencies, colleges, universities and municipalities with the implementation of construction compliance programs.

Team Members Todd McGonigle, Program Manager

Kathy Dabney, EEO Contract Specialist
Paul Holliman, EEO Contract Specialist
Priscilla Smith, EEO Contract Specialist
Alonzo Webb, EEO Contract Specialist
Cathy Armstrong, EEO Contract Officer
Tim Collins, EEO Contract Officer
Brenda Hodge, EEO Contract Officer
Darryl Kershaw, EEO Contract Officer

Charles King, EEO Contract Officer
Donald Stinson, Jr., EEO Contract Officer


THE MODERNIZED GATEWAY IS HERE!

We at EOD are excited to partner with the Ohio Business Gateway Modernization Project in an effort to make doing business with the State of Ohio easier and more efficient. Whether completing a Unified Application for the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) program, applying for a new Certificate of Compliance or Affirmative Action Program Verification, or even completing your monthly Workhour Utilization Reports (I-29s), it is our hope that this improved process will be easy and drastically improve the way your business interacts with state government. 

The modernized Ohio Business Gateway is finally here! The State of Ohio is one step closer to making doing business in Ohio easier and more efficient. For more information and a look at the Gateway Modernization, check out the video below and visit gateway.ohio.gov.

 

General Contact

4200 Surface Road
Columbus, Ohio 43228
Phone: 614-466-8380
Fax: 614-728-5628
Email: das-eod@das.ohio.gov


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