Category: Publisher’s Note

Publisher’s Note: My reflection of Black History Month

By Ronda Watson Barber OhioMBE Publisher Black History has concluded. OhioMBE published a Black History every day during the month of February on our website and other media outlets.  I learned so much.  I posted information about Black people I hadn’t heard about.  I posted information about Black people who made a difference. I posted…

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Publisher’s Note: Revamp Ohio’s certification programs

By Ronda Watson Barber OhioMBE Publisher Ohio’s Inspector General released a report this week outlining that hundreds of EDGE (Encouraging Diversity Growth and Equity) certified businesses didn’t qualify for the program because the State of Ohio failed to keep tabs on their eligibility. The report found that 357 business certified as EDGE businesses have violated…

OhioMBE Celebrates 10 years of Publishing

By Ronda Watson BarberPublisher Hip Hip Hurrah! OhioMBE is celebrating 10 years of publishing. It is an honor to advocate and highlight small businesses, particularly Black-owned businesses in the Buckeye state. I’m a business owner just like my typical reader. I started OhioMBE on a whim and produced the first issue in 10 days. No…

Happy New Year! New Goals! New Successes!

By Ronda Watson Barber Publisher It’s 2019!  Just like clockwork, a new year is here.  It’s an exciting time.  A fresh start.  Many people resolutions to grow and develop.  What are you working on?  How will you expand or improve your business.  How will your business make a difference for you personally and the overall…

OhioMBE Shopping Challenge

OhioMBE Shopping Challenge By Ronda Watson Barber OhioMBE Publisher The holiday shopping season has started.  Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are approaching. Are you ready? I have been posted a Holiday Shopping Sales Guide on www.OhioMBE.com. Articles posted include: How to sell a ton of gift cards; 50 Best Christmas Small Business…

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…