Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council

OMSDC Meeting And Travel Advisory 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.

On Thursday, March 12th, Governor DeWine banned events of more than 100 attendees. In addition, many of our valued partners already have travel bans or travel restrictions in effect for employee safety. As a result, several meetings and conferences have been postponed.

It is in this spirit that we have decided to postpone the Annual Meeting, originally scheduled for March 25th at Central State University. We are confirming with the venue and our speakers for a new date in early August, so please watch out for emails and check our website.

Note that these OMSDC Conferences and events are still on schedule:

  • Business Opportunity Expo (BOE), June 2nd – 3rd
  • Supplier Diversity Exchange, September 17th ·      
  • Annual Awards Gala, November 20th

Please use reliable information and your best judgment for all interactions. For your convenience, the OMSDC team is available to serve our corporate members and MBEs. Thank you for your patience and consideration as we evaluate our next steps.

With appreciation for each of you and well wishes for continued health and safety,


Jacqueline D. NealPresident & CEO Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council

Are You a Hamilton County Business Owner Thinking About Applying for a PPP Loan? Information Session on Tuesday, January 19th

  • Are You a Hamilton County Business Owner Thinking About Applying for a PPP Loan? Please join a Zoom meeting Tuesday, January 19, 3:30-5:00 pm for important information. Participants will:

  • Learn how to prepare and apply for the new federal PPP loans;
  • Learn who to contact for help; 
  • Learn how to avoid pitfalls that kept many businesses from being successful in the last round, and what is required for loan forgiveness; and
  • Meet representatives of organizations who are providing loans and assistance. 

Our aim is to help Hamilton County neighborhoods by helping more business owners — especially Black, Brown and and women business owners — get their fair share of federal small business loans this time. But you need to be prepared!
This session is designed to bring together small business owners, lenders, technical assistance providers and neighborhood and community developers who want to help their local businesses survive and thrive in spite of the pandemic.

The conversation will be facilitated by:

  • Kala Gibson | EVP and Head of Business Banking, Fifth Third Bank
  • Eddie Koen | President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio (ULGSWO); and
  • Jilson Daniels | VP of Economic Equity, Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority


Introductions 10 min Kala Gibson, Fifth Third
HOT OFF the PRESSES! What Do We Know About PPP 3.0?  20 min Michael Shepherd, Senior Vice President. National SBA Director, Fifth Third
What Help is Available to You?                 25 min Eddie Koen, ULGSWO

What Did We Learn the Last Time that Might Help You Now?

  • Lessons Learned: a checklist for applicants
  • Business Owner Breakout Session: More tips and information
  • CDC and Neighborhood Representatives Breakout Session: Making sure neighborhood businesses are informed
20 min Jilson Daniels, The Port
Questions and Answers 10 min Kala Gibson, Fifth Third

RSVP to Cincinnatiregenerationalliance@gmail.com with your name and your company or organization’s name. 

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants, so act now! You will receive a Zoom link when you register.


Fifth Third Supplier Diversity event for construction and property management suppliers on January 27th

Fifth Third is pleased to announce its inaugural Diversity Inclusion Support & Connection Opportunities for Vendor Empowerment Roundtable (D.I.S.C.O.V.E.R). The virtual event will launch Wednesday, January 27 from 9-11 am.  The roundtable is designed to bring awareness to upcoming business opportunities for certified construction and property management minority business enterprises in Greater Cincinnati. The virtual session will include information and insights from key Fifth Third leaders, category specific breakout sessions, and networking with local general contractors and trade partners.

Fifth Third will host additional DISCOVER roundtable sessions during 2021 that will highlight projects and contracting opportunities that include but are not limited to, architecture, design, mechanical, electrical, prefabrication and flooring. The series will also provide insight and tips about how to bid work for upcoming Fifth Third projects and introduce M/WBE trade partners to key decision makers.  In February, there will be additional events to allow Tier 2 and 3 trade partners the opportunity to explain their capabilities and connect with the Bank’s General contractors.

Space is limited.  We encourage certified construction and property management MBEs to register today by clicking here.  For questions about the event, please contact 53SupplierDiversity@53.com.

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program Webinar January 12, 2021 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Description: The federal government’s goal is to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses each year, but before firms can compete for Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program set-aside contracts, they must apply for certification. We can help you determine whether the WOSB certification is right for your business!

During the webinar, you will learn about:

  • Program benefits
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Submitting your application
  • Legislative changes that may impact your business

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Format: Webinar

Click Here to Register

Webinar access instructions will be sent 24 hours before the event.

Columbus State Community College Seeking Qualified Suppliers For Variety of Goods and Services

Columbus State Community College has Request for Qualifications listed on its procurement page for a variety of goods and services, including:

Courtyard & Campus Improvements RFQ
Capital Planning Consultant RFQ
Roof Replacements
Elevator Upgrades
Nestor Hall Auditorium Renovation
Prequalification List of Professional Services RFQ
Switchgear Upgrades RFQ
Parking Garage Upgrades RFQ
Water Meter Upgrades RFQ

Visit https://www.cscc.edu/for-business/purchasing/index.shtml for more information.

Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio RFP to Provide Communications Support Services

SWACO is seeking Proposals from communication, marketing and public affairs firms capable of providing twelve (12) months of communication consultation and support to SWACO’s in-house communication staff in order to increase communication capacity, develop and implement new strategies, and tackle creative projects aimed at elevating the organizations engagement with various stakeholder groups and positioning SWACO as a trusted resource in Franklin County for diversion and disposal information.

Sealed Proposals must be received no later than 1:30 p.m. (EST), Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Those 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 Professional Services