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Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council

Certification Information Related To COVID-19

Date: April 6, 2020

Certification Information & FAQs Related To Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Maintaining the safety of our OMSDC network is our utmost priority. Currently, OMSDC is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and its progression. In the spirit of safety, OMSDC will take extra precautions to reduce exposure of our employees and members to COVID-19 by utilizing virtual technology for meetings and working remotely as needed.

During the current health crisis, there may be concerns as to how the recertification process will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to keep MBEs well-informed, the OMSDC has produced the following answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Is OMSDC still certifying MBEs?

Yes, we are!  The certification application is available on our website www.ohiomsdc.org.  Questions regarding the application can be directed to Lynn Louis at llouis@ohiomsdc.org or Terrell Knight at tknight@ohiomsdc.org.

Do I have to have a site visit due to COVID-19?
The information obtained from the visit allows OMSDC the opportunity to gain a better understanding of your business operations.  At this time, the site interview will be conducted virtually, and you will be contacted by an OMSDC certification staffer when it is time for the interview.

How will my site visit be conducted?
A site visit or interview is an integral part of the MBE certification process and at this time, the visit will be conducted virtually, and you will be contacted by an OMSDC certification staffer when it is time for an interview

Will my certification be affected by COVID-19?
The certification process is ongoing, and at this time, is not affected by COVID-19.  The necessary site interview will be conducted virtually, and you will be contacted by an OMSDC certification staffer at the appropriate time.

How will the virtual interview be conducted?
The best person to answer that question will be a certification staffer.  Contact Lynn Louis at llouis@ohiomsdc.org or Terrell Knight at tknight@ohiomsdc.org

Are there any changes to the recertification process? Are there any document requirement exceptions during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
While the overall process for recertification remains the same according to the NMSDC policy, there are some exceptions that will relax current document requirements during the pandemic. Only three documents are required for recertification: Application, Affidavit and Tax Returns.

  • If unable to get the affidavit notarized, MBEs must still sign and submit their documents.
  • If the 2019 federal tax returns are not available, the 2018 federal tax return and the signed 2019 year-end cash flow, balance sheet and profit and loss statements should be submitted.
  • A CPA letter (signed by the CPA and MBE Owner) may be submitted as an option to the financial documentation.

We’re in this together. The OMSDC MBE Services team is available to answer your questions. Stay in contact, visit our COVID-19 Information page regularly for helpful tips and valuable information, and stay safe while we weather this crisis.

With well wishes for continued health and safety,

LynnLouis
Lynn Louis
Director of MBE Services
Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council
(513) 687-0968
TerrellKnight
Terrell Knight
Associate Director of MBE Services
Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council
(216) 363-0004