As we reflect on our achievements and blessings, I extend my heartfelt wishes for a prosperous holiday season. As your advocate in the minority business community, my message today is one of empowerment and growth. Your contributions are vital to our community, and your success is our collective triumph.
As we bid farewell to 2023, let’s share some crucial updates. Regrettably, the City of Columbus has withdrawn funding for the minority planroom and related services that we’ve proudly offered since 2017. However, this is not a setback but a stepping stone. We’re actively seeking new partnerships with organizations aligned with our vision and mission.
At the Ohio Business Development Center (OBDC), we stand apart from the political landscape. We are not political appointees, nor do we engage in political games. Our focus is solely on our expertise and long-standing commitment to supplier diversity. For years, we have dedicated our professional careers to empowering and training Black-owned businesses. This dedication is not a recent development; it is the core of who we are and what we do. Our work in the supplier diversity space is driven by knowledge, experience, and an unwavering commitment to the businesses we serve.
OBDC remains steadfast in supporting Black businesses and other underrepresented entrepreneurs, especially amidst the unprecedented construction boom in Central Ohio. Remember, your voice, your business, and your concerns are pivotal to us. We are committed to inclusion and diversity, unapologetically advocating for Black business interests.
In the spirit of giving, I humbly ask for your consideration in supporting our non-profit initiatives. Your donations are instrumental in helping us help you. Donations can be made at https://givebutter.com/obdc.
For updates on our December training schedule and more, please visit OHBDC.org.
Wishing you all the success and happiness this holiday season.
just my thoughts…rwb