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Certified MBE/EDGE Business Tool Kit

Listed below are a few tools to help you make the most of your MBE/EDGE certification. Please check back as we continue to provide more assistance to help you and your business succeed!


Business "Tool Kit"

Outreach Events

To be determined.


Agency MBE Projection Plans

View MBE Projection Plans to review what agencies, boards and commissions project spending with MBE vendors:



Agency MBE/EDGE Contacts



Use the list of MBE/EDGE EEO Officers that have been identified by each agency to monitor and ensure MBE/EDGE spending.

Click the image above to download the contact list in Excel.

DAS Office of Procurement Services

Contracting Opportunities

Below are links to some primary contracting agencies.



Ohio Business and Career Expo

Ohio Business and Career Expo

A Job Fair and a Business Fair in One!

Sept. 6, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ohio Expo Center, Cardinal Hall
717 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

Thank you to all who attended!

We hope you enjoyed this unique opportunity for minorities, women, veteran and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and businesses to connect with employers and procurement officials from the State of Ohio and more!

If you were unable to attend, or attended but were unable to break away to attend a session, below are the trainings presented at the Expo. 

We would like to thank all of the agencies, universities, organizations, apprenticeships and community partners who participated in the Ohio Business and Career Expo. We look forward to seeing you at the next one!



Job seekers had an opportunity to learn the benefits of state employment, how to apply for State of Ohio careers using the state's new career portal (including setting up a user profile, searching for jobs and setting up alerts) and work one-on-one with human resource professionals to review resumes and LinkedIn profiles for recommendations, participate in mock interviews, get a LinkedIn head shot photo taken (to be emailed post-event) -- and more!
Below are some of the agencies and organizations who attended:
  • State of Ohio agencies, boards and commissions
  • Attorney General's Office
  • Central Ohio Transit Authority
  • Columbia Gas, a NiSource Company
  • Columbus Division of Fire
  • Columbus Regional Airport Authority
  • Franklin County Human Resources Department
  • Franklin County Sheriff's Office
  • InGenesis
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • OhioHealth
  • Ohio State Highway Patrol
  • Public Employees Retirement System
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission

For business owners,  networked with procurement officials and attended workshops in how to do business with the State of Ohio as well as many other valuable session on how to develop and grow your business. This year, there were several large corporations and prime contractors participating because 1) they either have supplier diversity programs themselves and they're looking to increase their direct spend with diverse businesses or 2) they have subcontracting opportunities for small, minority, women and veteran businesses. 

Below are just some of the agencies and organizations participating:

  • State of Ohio agencies, boards and commissions
  • American Electric Power
  • Central Ohio Transit Authority
  • CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc.
  • City of Westerville Purchasing Department
  • City of Columbus
  • Columbia Gas, a NiSource Company
  • Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Columbus Regional Airport Authority
  • Deloitt Consulting
  • Dynamix Engineering
  • Elford Construction
  • Franklin County Purchasing Department
  • IBM
  • InGenesis
  • Knowledge Services
  • Navigator Management Partners
  • OhioHealth
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Smoot Construction Company of Ohio
  • The Ohio State University
  • Turner Construction
  • Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Youngstown State University

Have you heard about the amazing opportunities that a career in the trades can provide? We had several apprenticeship programs available to explain how you can earn money while learning a trade. You can walk into a new career -- debt free!

There were also multiple career and business resource organizations available; resources who have several programs available for free or minimum cost. 

Below are just a few of the apprenticeship programs and resources registered to attend:

  • ApprenticeOhio
  • Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Columbus Construction Trades Council
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Department of Commerce, Division of Unclaimed Funds 
  • Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 50
  • Hispanic Chamber of Columbus
  • Ironworkers Local 172
  • Minority Business Assistance Center(s)
  • Ohio Laborers Apprenticeship, Laborers' District Council of Ohio
  • Operating Engineers Apprenticeship and Training
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center(s)
  • Sheet Metal Contractors of Central Ohio and Columbus Sheet Metal Workers Apprenticeship
  • Small Business Development Center(s)
  • United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • and more!

Available Business Assistance

Archived Event Materials

MBE- and EDGE-Event Reference Materials

Thank you to everyone who has attended previous community networking events. Below are reference materials distributed at various events.

Please feel free to contact our office directly should you have any questions or concerns.