State hosts minority business expo

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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