Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council

Columbus Minority Business Assistance Center presents new Clear Path Forward Workshops

The Columbus MBAC has released the curriculum for the first six-month edition of training workshops and learning sessions, entitled the Clear Path Forward Workshops. The curriculum lists over 80 sessions addressing small businesses at every stage of business ownership — Emerging, Established and Executive levels.  The specific learning paths include:

  • Marketing the Business
  • Financial Health and Wellness of the Business
  • Capitalization for the Business
  • Building a Business Through Contracts
  • Creative Entrepreneur Businesses
  • Executive Level Resources

The classes are free of charge, unless otherwise indicated; and will be held at the MBAC offices located at

The Columbus Urban League
Huntington Empowerment Center
780 Mt. Vernon Avenue (St. Clair Avenue entrance)
Columbus, Ohio 43203

You must first register with the MBAC (if you have not previously done so). Click here to register:
Once you have registered, you will receive email updates of classes that are open for registration (generally, 30 days prior). Within the email you will find a link to register for each class. Alternatively, you can visit our website to register at www.cul.org/mbac

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SDX 2019: Minority Business Owners & Corporations gather for day of networking with impact

Board Chair Elly Bradford greets guests in attendance at SDX 2019 on September 19.

(From left to right) Keynote Speaker Dr. Edward Hubbard, OMSDC President & CEO Jacqueline D. Neal and Eaton Supplier Diversity Director Joe McClain at SDX 2019.

Guests were treated to four MBE caterers at SDX 2019 on September 19.

On September 19 the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council held the 2019 Supplier Diversity Exchange at Cleveland Clinic.

SDX 2019 Welcome & Corporate Presentations

The day began with a welcome from OMSDC President & CEO Jacqueline D. Neal, OMSDC Board Chair Elly Bradford and MBEIC Chair Christopher Che.

“We are thrilled to have you with us today here at this beautiful facility hosted by Cleveland Clinic,” Neal told the crowd of more than 100 MBEs and Corporate Procurement professionals.

“Today’s Supplier Diversity Exchange is a way we make sure MBEs are ready and available to meet the needs of our Corporate Members,” Bradford said. Bradford is the Senior Manager, Procurement – Planning at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. “Our concept here today is simple, yet meaningful: As MBEs, you get to hear directly from Corporations about how to do business with us, the ins and outs of our Supplier Diversity programs, and in some cases the needs we are currently sourcing and will be sourcing in the future.”

Che, President & CEO of the Che International Group LLC leads the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) for the state of Ohio. Serving as the liaison between the MBE community and OMSDC’s Corporate Members, the MBEIC is the avenue in which MBEs certified with OMSDC can become involved in driving the activities of the Council. Che spoke to the value of the MBEIC for Ohio’s minority business community.

“The MBEIC’s vision is to be instrumental in providing input, direction and action to create an environment for minority businesses that fosters growth, sustainability and relevance while creating economic growth in minority communities,” he said.

During the morning’s Corporate Presentations, Supplier Diversity professionals from nearly a dozen corporations and higher learning institutions provided an overview of their Supplier Diversity programs, how to do business with them and upcoming areas of opportunities for sourcing.

SDX 2019 Minority Catering Showcase

Breakfast and lunch were provided by a variety of minority owned caterers in the Cleveland market. These vendors provided guests a delicious variety of culinary options from smoky barbecue to Latin Caribbean fusion.

Cleveland Mofongo Latin GrillLatin Fusion Restaurantclevelandmofongo.com

Sauce The City –  Premier  Hot Chicken Restaurant@SauceTheCity

PearlFlowerSpecial Event Cateringpearlflowercatering.com

Smoky Sweet SoulSoul Food & Barbecuesmokysweetsoul.com

SDX 2019 Keynote Address & Buyer’s Forum

Dr. Myra Hubbard and Dr. Edward Hubbard presented the Keynote address. They own Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc., an international Organization and Human Performance Consulting corporation focused on assisting private and public organizations to strategically manage their human and other resources to obtain maximum performance and measurable results to meet their business plan objectives.

Hubbard & Hubbard’s research-based consulting, training, online systems, and performance improvement technologies strategically address the unique needs of each client using practical, comprehensive methods as well as providing the highest quality customer service.

The afternoon Buyer’s Forum featured corporations hosting MBEs and sharing additional information in a roundtable setting.

SDX 2019 Sponsors

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Ohio MSDC, thank you to the following SDX 2019 sponsors for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Host Sponsors: Cleveland Clinic | RCF Group

Power Lunch Sponsor: Eaton Corporation

Patron Sponsor: Honda

Supplier Diversity Ambassador: STERIS

Lunch With The Board September 25th in Toledo!

OMSDC is excited to join the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and The University of Toledo to host this special event for minority owned businesses in Northwest Ohio! This intimate networking lunch is an excellent opportunity to meet the OMSDC’s Board leadership and connect with supplier diversity professionals. The Board will give insight into how to connect with their corporations’ supplier diversity programs. MBEs should come ready to engage with supplier diversity professionals from a wide range of corporate organizations and share their value.

The event is free to attend, but you must register. You don’t want to miss this!


2019 Business Opportunity Expo A Success!

The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council was thrilled to host the 2019 Business Opportunity Expo: Connecting Ohio June 18-19 in Central Ohio. One of the year’s most anticipated events, the 2019 BOE featured the Safari Golf Classic, networking sessions, workshops, and the Expo.


Keynote Speaker Richard Montañez shared a powerful message with his presentation “One Revelation Will Lead To A Revolution”.


The Business Opportunity Expo is Ohio’s premier conference, bringing hundreds of corporate executives, minority business owners and government officials together each year. Held at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center, the 2019 Business Opportunity Expo served as a vehicle for developing relationships between minority businesses, corporations, and government agencies.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Ohio MSDC, thank you to the 2019 BOE sponsors listed below for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!