Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council

Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio RFP to Provide Printing and Mailing Services

SWACO is seeking proposals for printing and mailing services for a variety of items that may be part of community based Recycle Right campaigns.

A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled online, starting at 2:00 p.m., August 5, 2020. The meeting will be held via GoToMeeting.   

Sealed Proposals are due and must be received no later than 1:30 p.m. (EST), August 21, 2020.

Qualified Proposers interested in downloading the RFP documents should go to SWACO’s website at www.swaco.org.  Select the “About Us” menu item, click on “Do Business With Us,” then General Services

From Waste to Resources – Food Waste & Grant Webinars From SWACO Scheduled for June and July 2020

SWACO is pleased to introduce a new monthly webinar series: From Waste to Resources, where we help you hone your recycling, composting and waste diversion skills and answer your waste questions. 

Register and save the date for these upcoming community conversations! 

June 23 at 6:30 pm – Reduce Food Waste at Home

With nearly 1 million pounds of food waste being landfilled each day in Central Ohio, it is more important than ever that we reduce food waste in our community. When we waste food, we also waste environmental resources, money, time, and the opportunity to provide meals for hungry neighbors. But each of us can help reduce food waste at home by cooking with a plan, proper food storage, using up leftovers, and more. On Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 pm, join the SWACO team and local chef L. Fernando Mojica for a free webinar to learn tips and tricks from experts as well as to ask questions about food waste.

Register for the June 23rd Reduce Food Waste at Home Webinar 

July 22 at 1 pm – Community Waste Reduction Grants 

As we continue to navigate these challenging times together, SWACO is here to provide continued waste reduction and diversion programs and services to your organization and the central Ohio community.  One of the programs that we remain committed to offering is our Community Waste Reduction Grant Program (CWRG program).  We are now accepting applications for this grant program for projects occurring in 2021!  Those eligible to apply include non-profits, schools, universities, parks, and local governments in Franklin County, Ohio.

Register for the July 22nd Grant Webinar

MBDA Business Center: Enterprising Women of Color Grant Competition – Register for Pre-Application Conference April 14, 2020


MBDA Business Center: Enterprising Women of Color The Enterprising Women of Color program is a part of MBDA’s focus to promote the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises. The agency program will promote women of color entrepreneurs as engines of economic growth in their communities. MBDA is seeking proposals to fund three Enterprising Women of Color business centers in any U.S. State or U.S. Territory.  The MBDA Business Center: Enterprising Women of Color offices will focus on supporting minority women entrepreneurs to build their businesses, secure contracts and capital, and increase employment opportunities.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted to Grants.gov no later than May 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Register for Pre-Application Conference
The MBDA Business Center: Enterprising Women of Color pre-application conference will be held on April 14, 2020 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST  Register Now.

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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