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Business Certification and Compliance Unit

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.

Ohio Administrative Code Updates

Proposed Ohio Administrative Code 123:2-14

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All interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard at the public hearing as part of the public comments period of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) process. Those persons who wish to provide oral testimony are encouraged to contact the Department of Administrative Services through sharon.jennings@das.ohio.gov, no later than August 25, 2020 at 5 p.m., and may be given preference in the order of their testimony.

All interested persons providing written comments in lieu of oral testimony are encouraged to send their comments, no later than August 26, 2020 at 5 p.m., to: 

The Department of Administrative Services
Office of Legal Services
Attn: Sharon Jennings / Paul A. Russell
30 East Broad Street, Suite 4023
Columbus, Ohio 43215
sharon.jennings@das.ohio.gov
paul.russell@das.ohio.gov

Proposed Rescissions Minority Set-Aside Review Board

Available documents for your reference:

All interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard at the public hearing as part of the public comments period of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) process. Those persons who wish to provide oral testimony are encouraged to contact the Department of Administrative Services through sharon.jennings@das.ohio.gov, no later than August 25, 2020 at 5 p.m., and may be given preference in the order of their testimony.

All interested persons providing written comments in lieu of oral testimony are encouraged to send their comments, no later than August 26, 2020 at 5 p.m., to: 

The Department of Administrative Services
Office of Legal Services
Attn: Sharon Jennings / Paul A. Russell
30 East Broad Street, Suite 4023
Columbus, Ohio 43215
sharon.jennings@das.ohio.gov
paul.russell@das.ohio.gov

 

Business Certification and Compliance

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.


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
Tim Collins, EEO Contract Officer
Brenda Hodge, EEO Contract Officer
Darryl Kershaw, EEO Contract Officer

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


Ohio Business 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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