New Initiatives Underway to Encourage Minorities to Do Business with City


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New Initiatives Underway to Encourage Minorities to Do Business with City

09 October 2015 - 12:00:00 AM

City Offers New Business Training Center and Meet & Match Inclusion Sessions

CINCINNATI – On the heels of last week’s release of the Cincinnati Diversity Study, two City Departments are rolling out engaging training and networking opportunities meant to improve the way the City interacts with minority and women-owned businesses.

The City of Cincinnati’s departments of Economic Inclusion (DEI) and Community and Economic Development are each launching new initiatives over the next two months. They range from a variety of business-centric classes to meet-and-greet events to real-estate tours targeted at minority-owned developers.

“We are committed to offering a level playing field when it comes to public contracts”, said City Manager Harry Black. “We will continue to adapt the way we do business because it creates jobs in segments that need them which is good for the city and the local economy.”

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Changes begin with DEI, which is opening a Business Training Center that will offer a series of classes to help small companies and others interested in growing their base become competitive and sustainable.

The classes, which begin Oct. 14, will include topics on estimating, business smarts, financing, bidding on city contracts and certification and will be taught by business owners and experts. There will also be classes on Building a Sustainable Economic Future for companies interested in going “green.”

“Once the business owners go through our classes they should be able to compete for contracts with the City as well as other companies. Once they learn that, they’re ready to roll,” said DEI Director Thomas Corey.

Next, the Department of Community and Economic Development is launching the “Investing in Inclusion” initiative. This three-part series will include a roundtable discussion, a meet-and-match session for local minority-owned certified small business enterprises (SBEs) and a citywide tour for leading minority real estate developers from across the U.S.

“As Cincinnati continues to further develop our urban core and surrounding neighborhoods, diversity is a priority in order to foster innovation and support inclusion,” said Community and Economic Development Director Oscar L. Bedolla. “Organizations that invest in the City should reflect the diversity of our communities.”

The director’s roundtable will take place later this month. The first “Meet & Match” Inclusion session will be held in November at the Community Action Agency (CAA) in Bond Hill. This will allow certified SBEs that provide construction services or high-quality goods and supplies to meet with City preferred developers.

Also in November, the City will host the nation’s leading minority developers for an up close look at Cincinnati’s economic development achievements and upcoming opportunities.

For more information on the DEI classes go to and click on Resource and Directories under Quick Links.  For more on the Department of Community and Economic Development go to