Publisher’s Note: OhioMBE celebrates nine years of publishing

OhioMBE celebrates nine years of publishing

By Ronda Watson Barber

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 being a part of the development and growth of microenterprises.  I’m inspired and impressed by the energy, creativity and the drive entrepreneurs’ exhibit in an effort to succeed.

I am pleased that my small business, The 912 Group has helped improve the business climate in Ohio.

We have assisted businesses obtain certification credentials via our monthly classes in partnership with the Women’s Business Center of Ohio.

Last year, through the activities of the OhioMBE Procurement Fairs, over 500 businesses had access to over $350 million dollars in contracting opportunities.

The OhioMBE Awards highlight the good deeds of business and community advocates.  We recognize the inclusion efforts of corporations and honor stellar small businesses in Ohio. Most importantly, we present local students with the Frank W. Watson Scholarships to assist with post-secondary education.

As publisher, of OhioMBE and OhioFBE, I appreciate our readers.  I am very grateful to the organizations that help sustain our efforts.  Many thanks those who advertise bid notices, employment opportunities and their products/services in the OhioMBE.

OhioMBE will continue to advocate for inclusion in contracting opportunities. Our ultimate goal is to make a positive difference, to pave a path for economic success and empowerment.  You are encouraged to join OhioMBE in this mission. You can help by attending an OhioMBE Procurement Fair. or sending  us a press release highlighting your business successes, for possible publication. Consider advertising your business in OhioMBE.  Purchase products/services from those who advertise in OhioMBE. Post a business or cultural event to  Attend a networking event.

Cheers to nine years! Small business is good business!

Just my thoughts…rwb

Published in OhioMBE – Jan. 15, 2018 – pdf