Senator Brown And Toledo City Council President Lead Effort To Help Local Minority Businesses
State officials to assist in certification process for MBE/EDGE programs
October 18, 2013
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Columbus – State Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo), in collaboration with Toledo City Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson, has invited representatives from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) to Toledo to present a series of workshops aimed at increasing local minority businesses’ awareness and accessibility to State of Ohio government contracts.

“We have many highly motivated and successful minority businesses right here in northwest Ohio. Unfortunately, they have been unable to obtain state contracts, primarily due to a lack of certification,” said Senator Brown. “These workshops will help certify local minority businesses and make them eligible for state contracts that are specifically set aside for them.”

The first workshop will feature a presentation from Todd McGonigle, the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program manager with DAS. Mr. McGonigle will provide a broad overview of Ohio’s MBE program, which is designed to assist minority businesses in obtaining state government contracts. This workshop will take place on Monday, October 21 from 6 to 8 pm at the Kent Branch Library located at 3101 Collingwood Boulevard in Toledo.

The second workshop will be presented by DSA and will instruct attendees through the MBE certification process. This workshop will take place at the Kent Branch Library on Tuesday, October 29 from 6 to 8 pm.

“This is a first step in an ongoing effort to connect our local businesses with state resources,” said Senator Brown. “Increased participation in the MBE program will help bring jobs to our area and I am excited to help make that a reality.”

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