Category: Publisher’s Note

Check out the organizations attending the June 21 OhioMBE Procurement Fair

Get your ticket TODAY for the June 21 OhioMBE Procurement Fair, hosted by Columbus City Schools. Don’t miss your chance to meet with: Columbus City Schools City of Columbus Department of Development Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Franklin County Board of Commissioners American Electric Power is interested in meeting with the following vendors: 33392    Material Handling…

Publisher’s Note: Be an informed voter

Be an informed voter By Ronda Watson Barber Publisher   Early voting has started.  Those seeking elected office are out canvassing and campaigning asking for your vote.  Our votes and dollars have power.  Use it wisely.  Ask questions.  Don’t just check a box because someone has an “R” or “D” behind their name or are…

Publisher’s Note: Wakanda Forever!

Wakanda Forever! By Ronda Watson Barber – Publisher Black Panther fever has hit the planet.  The blockbuster film directed by Ryan Coogler and starring some of Hollywood’s elite Black actors have topped $700 million in ticket sales worldwide. Presently, it is the 20th all-time highest grossing movie. Folks are flocking to movie theaters, some in…

Publisher’s Note: Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month By Ronda Watson Barber Publisher Black History Month is a time to celebrate the world-wide contributions our ancestors have made.  We stand on strong shoulders.  Our fore-folks face unimaginable obstacles and they succeeded.   They didn’t give up or give in.  Through slavery, Jim Crow, Segregation and a Civil Rights Movement, Black…

Publisher’s Note: OhioMBE celebrates nine years of publishing

OhioMBE celebrates nine years of publishing By Ronda Watson Barber Publisher OhioMBE is celebrating nine years of advocating, informing and promoting small businesses.  I take pride in publishing Ohio’s largest Black-owned business newspaper.  It has been a wonderful journey empowering small business owners with news, information, access and opportunity. I love small businesses.  I enjoy…

Publisher’s Note: Happy 2018!

Happy 2018 By Ronda Watson Barber OhioMBE Publisher Happy 2018!  As you reflect on last year and embark on 2018, what are your goals? How will you grow your business?  How will you exercise political power? How will you empower our community? Last year, the themes of my columns were “Advocate! Resist!” The political and…

Publisher’s Note: Advocate! Resist! Unite!

Advocate! Resist! Unite! By Ronda Watson Barber OhioMBE Publisher Throughout 2017, I have used the theme Advocate! Resist! for my columns.  I strongly believe that collectively we are powerful. Our votes are important.  Our spending power matters.  United we are strong. There is a bunch of crazy going in our country and communities from the…

OhioMBE Publisher’s Note: At This Time of Thanksgiving

At This Time of Thanksgiving By Ronda Watson Barber – Publisher At this time of Thanksgiving, I am abundantly grateful to OhioMBE’s advertisers, subscribers and distribution outlets.  It is an honor to provide access to purchasing opportunities to Ohio’s small and minority-owned businesses via our bid notice distribution services, monthly procurement fairs and certification classes. …

Publisher’s Note: How are you protesting?

Advocate! Resist! By Ronda Watson Barber Publisher The rallying cry continues.  There has been so much in the news recently about injustices and inequities. Folks are expressing their rights to protest and voicing their opinions.  Ours is not a perfect union and as responsible citizens we have the obligation to make it better.  Protesting is…