Minority Business Assistance Center

School of Entrepreneurship

Cultivating Growth & Sustainability

The Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBACs) provide MBE and EDGE entrepreneurs with management, technical, financial and contract procurement assistance in addition to loan and bond packaging services.

The services are available without cost to businesses located throughout Ohio. The centers provide important services including technical assistance, professional consulting, access to capital and assistance obtaining contract opportunities. A primary objective of the program is to identify emerging businesses and cultivate their growth and sustainability.

Services Offered

MBE / EDGE Certification 

“Minority Business Enterprise” means an individual, partnership, corporation or joint venture of any kind that is owned and controlled by U.S. Citizens and residents of Ohio, who are and have held themselves out as members of the following socially and economically disadvantaged groups: Blacks, American Indians, Hispanics and Asians. MBE Program Overview

An Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) participant must be a small socially and economically disadvantaged business enterprise owned and controlled by U.S. citizens who are Ohio residents. EDGE establishes goals for state agencies, boards and commissions in awarding contracts to certified EDGE eligible businesses. EDGE applies to procurements of supplies and services, professional services, information technology services, construction and professional design services. EDGE Program Overview

All forms must be electronically submitted through the Ohio Business Gateway (OBG). If this is your first time logging into OBG, you will need a username and password. Please click on “New User” to create an account. If you need assistance logging in or have any questions, please contact the Ohio Business Gateway office at (614)466-8380. Ohio Business Gateway

Access to Capital for Small & Minority Businesses

The Minority Business Bonding Program provides bid, performance, and payment surety bonds to state certified minority-owned businesses that are unable to obtain bonding through standard surety companies. Minority Business Bonding Program

Ohio Minority Business Direct Loan Program 

This program provides fixed, low-interest rate loans to certified minority-owned businesses that are purchasing or improving fixed assets and creating or retaining jobs. Ohio Minority Business Direct Loan Program

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