Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council

Duke Energy, Cincinnati Chamber Foundations to provide $5,000 grants to minority, women and veteran-owned small business in need

Source: The Cincinnati Business Courier

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Duke Energy foundations will provide $5,000 grants to minority, women and veteran-owned small business in need of general reliefs.

The grants are aimed at helping businesses recover from the pandemic and its economic effects. It’s the second year of the program.

“Our small business customers, which are a foundation of our communities, continue to struggle as the pandemic persists,” said Amy Spiller, president of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. “This meaningful program with the Cincinnati Chamber allows us to have a direct impact on these customers to help them succeed.”

Chamber members and nonmembers are eligible for the funding. Applicants must have less than $1 million in annual revenues and have fewer than 100 employees. The application deadline is Sept. 17.

Derrick Braziel, owner of Pata Roja Taqueria, received a grant last year.

“We’ve had our best year yet and it’s due to support from Duke and the chamber,” he said.

Both chamber members and non-members are eligible to apply for the funding.

The grants can be used to help support payroll, paid sick or medical leave, insurance premiums, mortgage payments, legal assistance, technical assistance and other debt obligations. The funding cannot be used to pay Duke Energy utility bills.

The application deadline is September 17, 2021 – https://www.cincinnatichamber.com/duke-fund

Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council Straight Talk Sessions with Premier Inc. and Duke Energy

The Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council is hosting two Straight Talk Sessions in April that MBEs are invited to attend. Listen in and learn the inside scoop on how to do business with corporations in the CVMSDC network. Hear from purchasing agents, supplier diversity professionals, and supplier development experts in the Straight Talk series, designed to advocate, connect and grow Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). MBEs need only to register by clicking the Link Under each meeting date.

MBEIC Chair LaSonya Berry will be the host of each webinar.

How to Do Business with Premier Inc. 4/28 from 12-1 EST

Join CVMSDC as Straight Talk continues: How To Do Business with Premier, Inc.
Corporate guest – Deborah Williams, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity
Hosted by LaSonya Berry of McPherson Berry

Register Here

How to Do Business with Duke Energy 4/30 from 12-1EST 

Join CVMSDC as Straight Talk continues: How To Do Business with Duke Energy.
Corporate guest – Andrew Grier, Supply Chain
Hosted by LaSonya Berry of McPherson Berry

Register here