Category: Publisher’s Note

Publisher’s Note: Advocacy has its costs

Advocacy has its costs By Ronda Watson Barber OhioMBE Publisher Advocacy has its costs. Advocacy is hard work and it is not for the weak. There is a price to pay for speaking out against injustices. I was saddened to hear the Columbus NAACP is redirecting its efforts in the nation’s 15th largest city. One…

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Advocacy has its costs

By Ronda Watson BarberOhioMBE Publisher Advocacy has its costs. Advocacy is hard work and it is not for the weak. There is a price to pay for speaking out against injustices. I was saddened to hear the Columbus NAACP is redirecting its efforts in the nation’s 15th largest city. One of the civil rights organization’s…

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…