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The July 2018 OhioMBE Procurement Fair was hosted by the City of Columbus Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Businesses traveled across Ohio to meet with:  ODOT, Columbus City Schools, CMHA, City of Columbus Dept. of Development; City of Columbus Dept. of Public Utilities, Columbus Libraries, Wesbanco Bank and Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

The next OhioMBE Procurement Fair is August 16 at the Columbus WBC.  Welty Building Company, The City of Columbus Dept. of Development and Elford Construction will be attending.

Register at www.OhioMBE.eventbee.com


The OhioMBE Procurement Fairs introduces small, minority and female-owned businesses to area purchasing agents.  During this fun fast-paced session, small businesses are allocated 15-minute appointments to meet one-on-one with represented companies/agencies. The goal of the OhioMBE Procurement Fair is to engage minority businesses and small businesses with contracting opportunities.

OhioMBE is published by The 912 Group, ltd.  The paper features business profiles, news, information and bid notices.  The bi-weekly newspaper has over 10,000 online subscribers and distributes 5,000 hardcopies statewide. The 912 Group has established a stellar reputation of reaching the minority and small business community in Ohio and assisting companies in meeting their good faith contracting efforts.  The 912 Group produces a weekly e-blast for both OhioMBE and www.OhioDiversityNetwork.com

The focus of OhioMBE and its programming activities are to provide access to contracting opportunities. The newspaper hosts a monthly procurement fair where purchasing agents and small businesses are introduced to one another.  Seminars are offered on a weekly basis to educate small business owners on the certification progress.

Past Participants: Groveport City Schools, City of Columbus Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Rockford Homes, Quandel Construction, Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority, Ruscilli Construction, Gilbane Construction, Ohio Heating, AEP, Medical Mutual, Webanco, HH&M Construction, Ohio Dept. of Administrative Services, City of Westerville, Ohio Dept. of Education, U.S. Bank, Telhio Credit Union, Licking Memorial Hospital, Dunlop & Johnston Construction, C.J. Mahan Construction, Elford Construction, Setterlin Construction, Scioto Downs Racino, City of Newark, Thomas & Marker Construction, Robertson Construction, Walsh Construction, Ohio Dept. of Public Safety, Gahanna City Schools, Columbus City Schools, ODOT, Kokosing Construction, Franklin County, Hollywood Casino, Park National Bank, Ohio BWC, Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, OhioHealth, City of Columbus Recreation & Parks, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation & Corrections, Columbus State Community College, COTA, The City of Canton, Ohio Job & Family Services, Community Properties of Ohio,Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, City of Columbus Dept. of Utilities and the Columbus Zoo.

Click here to register for an OhioMBE Procurement Fair