Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity 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.

Avondale Development Corporation and Hale Avenue Townhomes Invitation To Bid on Cincinnati Townhomes Project


  • 24 newly constructed townhome style homes located at the corner of Hale & Hallwood Avenues in Avondale.
  • The site which consists of 516 Hale Ave, 518 Hale Ave, 3415 Hallwood, & 3417 Hallwood Ave is approximately 1.5 acres and will be developed in no less than 3 phases.
  • The project will ultimately result in three newly constructed 3-story residential townhome buildings that consist of 2 and 3-bedroom units.
  • Phase I of Hale Avenue Townhomes will consist of 7 new townhomes with two 3-bedroom units at 1,395 sf and five 2-bedroom units at approximately 1,250 sf each.
  • ADC is leading this development with an affordable product and all seven units in the initial phase will be sold to families/households that earn no more than 115% of the area median income (AMI) and will be built to the highest of standards. The Uptown Consortium is serving as ADC’s development partner in this project primarily in an advisory capacity.

Work To Be Bid:

  • Site Work
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Flooring
  • Siding
  • Masonry
  • Interior Painting
  • Exterior Painting

If interested in bidding please contact Archie Searp at 859-647-7900 or archie@titanreg.com

For more information visit https://www.growavondale.org/hale-avenue-townhomes

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Recruiting For Next Cohort at Cincinnati State – Applications Due Oct. 23

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) is a $500 million investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital, and business support services.

The program is available across the United States through a network of more than 100 academic and community partners.

Cincinnati State was chosen to deliver 10KSB in Southwestern Ohio and is currently accepting applicants to fill Cohort Two of their program. Those accepted into the program will be offered a FULL SCHOLARSHIP to participate. Goldman Sachs 10KSB Cincinnati State is seeking businesses that:

  • Have been in operation for at least a year
  • Have 2-3 employees, and
  • Have at least $75,000 in revenue

The second cohort is scheduled to begin Thursday, February 4, 2021, and the application period ends Oct. 23. The 10KSB@Cincinnati State curriculum focuses on developing skills that can apply immediately to address the issues most critical to growing businesses.

Visit: https://www.cincinnatistate.edu/10ksb for more details (space is limited).

City of Cincinnati – Department of Community and Economic Development Announces Bid Opportunity

Knowlton & Mad Anthony Homes

1420 & 1422 Knowlton St

New Construction of four single family homes at approximately 1,100 square feet, two story, two bedroom units with in-unit laundry and one parking spot.

Areas to be bid: Electric, Plumbing, HVAC, Dry Wall, Windows, Flooring, Driveway/Sidewalk, Landscape

30% SBE aspiration goal  

$100,000 of City Capital towards project

Project cost – $774,900

Pre-Bid Meeting:                                 upon request

Bid Acceptance date:                          3/1/2020

Bid Closing Date:                                3/15/2020

Bid Packets Opening Date:                3/16/2020

Project Anticipated Start Date:           4/1/2020

Project Anticipated End Date:            8/1/2020

Contact Michael Chewning if interested in project @ 513-485-9280 or email chewning@8Kconstruction.com