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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,

JacquelineNeal

Jacqueline D. NealPresident & CEO Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council

Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority RFP Opportunity for HVAC Maintenance Contract

SORTA currently has a request for proposals opportunity available for an HVAC Maintenance Contract. This will be a three-year contract (with two one-year option periods) with an expected start date of December 1, 2020. The contract work may also include some repair work and emergency work as needed for multiple Metro properties.  The final bid submission for this solicitation is October 9th, 2020 at 2:00 PM.  Full details of the Request for Proposals, including the detailed scope and any addenda can be found at WWW.PUBLICPURCHASE.COM.

Please share with any interested parties.  This would be an ideal contract for a small or disadvantaged business.  If a business has questions about the procurement process, I will gladly assist them.  I cannot provide detailed information about the project that would create an unfair advantage, but I can assist with general procurement questions.  I highly encourage any interested vendor to request records on previous maintenance contracts to get a general idea of how to prepare a proposal.  If you have any questions, please contact Tara Walker, DBE Administrator at TWalker@go-metro.com or Kelly Pierson at kpierson@go-metro.com.

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

The Paycheck Protection Program is available through U.S. Bank, a Preferred SBA Lender

The PPP is a federal loan program that provides assistance to small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The funds can be used for costs related to payroll (including healthcare and certain related expenses), mortgage interest, rent, leases, utilities and interest on existing debt.

Visit usbank.com/ppp to learn more.

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

Lowe’s-LISC Partnership – Apply for a Grant to Receive Assistance – Round 4 Application Period Open, Application Deadline June 17

Across the United States, small businesses that form the economic backbone of our communities now face immediate – and oftentimes, crushing – financial pressure because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many small businesses that were forced to shut down temporarily now are at serious risk of never reopening. Even those small businesses that can still operate remotely face major revenue shortfalls. With little or no reserves to pay their expenses, many will have no choice but to lay off workers and close their doors forever.

Thanks to a significant grant from Lowe’s, LISC will provide the emergency assistance that small businesses desperately need to stay afloat. We will deploy grants to help them bridge the financial gap, and provide guidance to help them navigate the intricate web of public and private resources now available. LISC will focus these efforts on historically underserved communities—especially those enterprises owned or led by minorities and women, who often lack access to affordable capital.

Grants to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. Eligible expenses include:

  • Paying rent and utilities
  • Meeting payroll
  • Paying outstanding debt to vendors
  • Upgrading technology infrastructure
  • Other immediate operational costs

Visit https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/small-business-assistance/small-business-relief-grants/lowes/ to learn more and apply.