The state of Ohio will host an outreach event Oct. 27 in Columbus to support the effort to expand access to state contracts for small and minority-owned businesses, according to a media release.
The MBE/EDGE Business Expo will be held from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus.
The free event is co-sponsored by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services and the Ohio Development Services Agency.
“State procurement professionals are interested in meeting Ohio minority business owners one-on-one to discuss how we can work together to provide the goods and services the state requires,” said Robert Blair, Ohio DAS director, in a statement.
During fiscal year 2015, Ohio reached the goals of its MBE program for the first time by purchasing a record 19 percent of eligible goods and services through minority-owned businesses while spending a record $228.5 million, state officials said.
Ohio’s MBE program, established in 1980, mandates that state agencies set aside 15 percent of their annual purchases for goods and services for certified minority-owned businesses.
To register or for more event information, visit the website at das.ohio.gov/eod or call (614) 466-8380.
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