Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council

P&G Ventures First-Ever Virtual Innovation Challenge – Submissions Close June 7, 2020

P&G Ventures, the early-stage startup studio within P&G is inviting entrepreneurs, inventors, and startups to submit a product pitch for its first-ever Virtual Innovation Challenge. The challenge, now in its third iteration, continues to seek out budding entrepreneurs driving the next generation of technologies that will change consumers’ lives, while helping fuel innovation amidst the global pandemic.



P&G Ventures partners with entrepreneurs, inventors, and startups to discover and create consumer products, brands, and businesses that solve people’s needs in categories new to P&G. Each P&G Ventures partnership is unique, providing funding and access to P&G’s experts, resources, and capabilities to help partners find their best customers, prove their technology, and create their brand.

The winner will be selected by a panel of P&G executives including Leigh Radford, Vice President and General Manager at P&G Ventures, and Julie Setser, Vice President of R&D at P&G Ventures, and Pete Blackshaw, CEO of Cintrifuse and will receive $10,000 and a chance to partner with P&G Ventures.


Top Three Finalists Receive

Opportunity to Pitch to a panel of executives | Pre-Pitch Mentorship

One Grand Prize Winner Receives

$10,000 Cash Prize | Chance to partner with P&G Ventures

What’s Required

You will be required to create an account and submit your innovation through the web portal powered by KITE®.

In addition to filling out the submission form, submitters will also be required to submit an original pitch deck of no more than 12 slides describing a technology that has a fast-moving consumer good that the entrant has developed that will improve the way people take care of their families, keep their homes clean, or live healthier lives.

Specific categories of interest are below.

Important Dates

Submissions Open: May 21, 2020
Submissions Closed: June 7, 2020
Top 3 Finalists Selected:
Week of June 8

Virtual Pitch Event:
June 24, 2020

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Offering Free Webinar Sessions To Small Business Owners May 14th, May 18th

The team at Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses would like to let you know that they remain committed to helping small businesses and the 10KSB alumni community through this difficult time, and will continue to do so.

Current 10KSB participants and alumni are receiving additional support as they plan next steps for their businesses. Participants are receiving:

  • One-on-one business counseling through our Business Advisors
  • Access to special programming through the Goldman Sachs network created solely for 10KSB alumni
  • Weekly peer-to-peer learning with our alumni network of over 9,000+ small business owners experiencing similar challenges and concerns

10KSB is offering Free Webinar Sessions to small business owners to learn about the 10KSB program and how to grow their business. 

Now’s the Time…

Invest in Your Business, Invest in You

THURSDAY, MAY 14  |  12:00 PM EDT

MONDAY, MAY 18  |  10:00 AM EDT

Need help with taking a good, hard look at your business? If so, learn how Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Businesses can help you not only invest in your business but also invest in yourself as a business owner.


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Committing $20 million For Loans To Small Businesses And Nonprofits In Ohio

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is committing $20 million for loans to small businesses and nonprofits in Ohio through a partnership with Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF), the largest non-profit, non-bank SBA 7(a) lender in the country.

Loans will be made to small businesses and nonprofits pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act. This builds on existing investments by Goldman Sachs that support small businesses through the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative.

This program provides urgent cash flow assistances to small businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. These loans can be partially or wholly forgiven for businesses that maintain or rehire their workforce and can be used for:

  • Payroll costs;
  • Interest on mortgages;
  • Rent; and,
  • Utilities.

No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government, nor lenders, will charge small businesses any fees.

Start Your Application Here

Shook Construction Co. Seeking Participation on Bid For Construction Project in Northeast Ohio

Shook Construction Co. is bidding as a Prime Contractor to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) on Westerly Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station project (WTDPS) in Cleveland, OH.  The work generally consists of the construction of the Westerly Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station, and a 36 MGD submersible pump station constructed in the Westerly Storage Tunnel shaft located adjacent to the intersection of Crescent Avenue and West 53rd Street. The project includes electrical, instrumentation & control, HVAC and mechanical work at the WST-2 Site located between the east end of Tillman Ave and the Shoreway off-ramp to West 45th Street and at the WST-3 Site located on the south side of University Road east of its intersection with Scranton Road. It also includes the physical and control interface with the NEORSD Westerly Wastewater Treatment Center.  Project is tax exempt and Davis Bacon prevailing wage rates apply.

This project bids on May 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM, but in order to analyze all quotes and assemble our bid submittal, we are requesting quotes by 10:00AM. 

I am writing to ask for your assistance in our efforts to encourage bidder participation of certified DBE, MBE, WBE & SBE/SBRA subcontractors and suppliers who might be capable and interested in submitting a bid for a portion of this project.  Below is a listing of items in the Scope of Work:

General Conditions, Hauling, Concrete Repair, Concrete Formwork, Sand & Gravel Supply, Ready Mix Supply, Reinforcing Steel, Cast-In-Place Concrete, Masonry, Structural Steel Framing, Miscellaneous Metal Fabrications, FRP Fabrications, Fluid Applied Air Barriers, Metal Wall Panels, EPDM Roofing, Caulking & Joint Sealants, Fiberglass Doors, Coiling Doors & Grilles, Glazed Aluminum Curtain Walls, Translucent Wall & Roof Assemblies, Hardware, Louvers & Vents, Acoustical Ceilings, Glass FRP Panels, Paint & Coatings, Wire Mesh Partitions, Toilet/Bath/Laundry Accessories, Fire Extinguishers, Lockers, Flagpoles, Prefabricated Building, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, Access Control, Video Surveillance, Geotextiles, Geotechnical Instrumentation & Monitoring, Excavation, Concrete-Filled Steel Piles, Drilled Micropiles, Articulated Concrete Block System, Concrete Paving & Pavement Marking, Fencing & Gates, Landscaping & Turf Pavers, Site Utilities, Instrumentation & Controls, Process Piping/Valves/Gates, Pipe Supports and Bridge Cranes.

Linked below is the Shook Construction invitation letter with information on how to obtain/review/download bid documents.  Also linked is Data Sheets 1 & 1a and EPA Form 6100-3 that must be submitted with the bid (prior to bid day is actually preferred). 

Shook Construction can provide assistance with bonding and insurance requirements, including alternatives to bonding and/or insurance requirements for subcontractors if needed. 

If there are any questions regarding this invitation to bid, please contact:

Jennifer Trittschuh
Preconstruction Coordinator

P: 800.705.5251   F: 866.652.7331
E: jtrittschuh@shookconstruction.com | www.shookconstruction.com

CVS Health & RWU Executive Learning Series Program application closes Friday, April 24th

The Supplier Diversity Team of CVS Health is pleased to share that the CVS Health & RWU Executive Learning Series Program application is open for MBEs. The current deadline for the application, is Friday, April 24th, 2020.


The benefits of the CVS Health & Roger Williams Executive Learning Series include:

  1. Selected leaders will become immersed in a curriculum that is designed to help expand their business capacity, professional skill level, and growth potential in critical areas.
  2. Students will gain practical experience, including the opportunity to respond to a sample Request for Proposal (RFP) and be mentored by RWU Instructors as Executive Coaches as well as CVS Health Procurement Professionals.

We would also like to share some additional benefits and a testimonial from a previous student!

Additional Benefits:

  1. CVS Health’s Supplier Diversity team will be available for support and introductions both behind the scenes and during on-site events.
  2. Participants will have the opportunity to join peers to form a mutually supportive and lasting network.

Here is what a previous graduate had to say:

“The learnings from the CVS Executive Learning Series was incredibly powerful and will make a big difference as we continue to move forward in either pivoting into new industries and/or pursuing key clients…I enjoyed not only the material covered but the relationship and friendship that I now share with my fellow cohorts.  It’s amazing the way CVS selected because there are synergies based on our collective capabilities and I am pursuing discussions with some, where I think we can go after significant business to deliver on the supplier diversity mission – economic impact in our communicates.” – Betty Manetta, President & CEO of Argent Associates, Inc.

We hope that this program will bring something positive for the chosen suppliers to look forward to during these difficult times.

If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Supplier Diversity team!

Gianna Vallante | Advisor, Supplier Diversity – Enterprise Procurement

(401) 770-5516| f (401) 287-0234 | Gianna.Vallante@CVSHealth.com