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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…

Publisher’s Note: Advocate! Resist! Vote!

Advocate! Resist! Vote! By Ronda Watson Barber – publisher It’s that time of year.  Those seeking elected office will be asking for your vote.  There will be rallies, baby kissing and campaign promises.  Business is political.  Our votes have power.  Use your voice and vote wisely.  In the Sept. 1 issue of OhioMBE, I printed…

Publisher’s Note: Advocate! Resist! Are you supporting the NFL Boycott?

Advocate! Resist! Are you supporting the NFL Boycott? By Ronda Watson Barber I have had many conversations about the boycott of the National Football League for its failure to sign quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a contract for the upcoming football season. Last season, Kaepernick kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem. He says, “I…

Publisher’s Note: Advocate! Resist! Questions to ask those seeking elected office

Advocate! Resist! By Ronda Watson Barber – Publisher The events of recent days should have definitely inspired you to get involved. Now is the time to play your part in making a positive difference. Consider joining your local NAACP.  The Columbus Branch is actively engaged and working to provide opportunities for Black businesses.  They can be…