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Equal Opportunity

It is the mission of the Equal Opportunity Division to serve, support, and find solutions for Ohioans by ensuring equal opportunity to and fair treatment in government contracting and state employment. The Division strives to achieve its mission by implementing and enforcing the state’s affirmative action and equal employment opportunity policies, and implementing and monitoring the state’s procurement preference programs for minority-owned, women-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, our office staff is working remotely to continue to serve your needs. Customers needing to submit documents may continue to do so through email, U.S. mail, or delivery services. Additionally, our phone line is open (614-466-8380) and we are also responding to inquiries via email ( Please be aware that while we are able to receive mail deliveries, those materials are routing for processing every few days. To reduce processing delay, submission via email whenever possible is encouraged at

Leadership Team

Administrative Unit
Eric M. Seabrook, Deputy Director and State EEO Coordinator
Stacy Cornett, Program Administrator

Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Unit
Jennifer Adair, EEO Program Manager

Business Certification and Compliance Unit
Todd McGonigle, EEO Program Manager

Research, Reporting and Recruitment Unit
Bobbi Bell-Bartholomew, Program Administrator


Ohio Administrative Code Updates

Proposed Ohio Administrative Code 123:2-14

 Available documents for your reference

The public comment period on the proposed rules or the Business Impact Analysis during the Common Sense Initiative process has expired. Thank you to those who provided feedback. 

Proposed Rescissions Minority Set-Aside Review Board

Available documents for your reference

The public comment period on the proposed rescissions or the Business Impact Analysis during the Common Sense Initiative process has expired. Thank you to those who provided feedback.


Resources for COVID-19 Economic Support:

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a great strain on the nation’s healthcare system, but it’s not come without it’s economic difficulties as well. State leaders are working to ensure resources are readily available to Ohio businesses and workers to ensure we all weather this difficult time, remembering we are all in this together.

The links provided on the Ohio Department of Health's website will connect you with local, state and federal resources and funds for the following impacted categories:

  • Small businesses and non-profits: economic disaster loan program, bar and restaurant relief, daycare ratio updates and more.
  • Individuals and families: unemployment resources, health insurance relief, school meals and more.

Please click here to learn more.

These additional reference materials were made available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) specific to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL):

Minority Business Owners:
Ohio Certification Can Help Grow Your Business

Ohio is strongest when as many Ohioans as possible have an opportunity to share in our state’s growing economic strength. One way that state government does this is through the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program. The MBE program seeks to expand options for state purchasing by encouraging MBE-certified businesses, both small and large, to do business with the state. At the same time, state agencies are directed to source a portion of their goods and services from MBE-certified vendors. The state also provides a wide range of business development resources to help businesses grow and compete in the public and private markets. Below is a graphic representation of the dollars spent by state agencies with MBE-certified businesses from Fiscal Year 2008 to Fiscal Year 2019.

Click here to see how individual agencies performed in Fiscal Year 2019.

Click here to learn about the benefits, criteria and processes to certify your business with the MBE program.


Gateway Step-by-Step Video Tutorials

Wondering how to locate the forms you need to complete on the Ohio Business Gateway? Here are some tutorial videos the Gateway team put together to help you log in and add service areas (and forms) to your profile.