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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…

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…