Certification benefits minority businesses

Posted Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, By Dave Larsen – Dayton Daily News Staff Writer

ross motorsThe Bob Ross Auto Group has tripled its vehicle sales to the state of Ohio since 2011 because of its Minority Business Enterprise certification, the dealership’s general manager said Thursday at a meeting for local business owners in Dayton.

This year through July, Bob Ross Auto sold the state 289 vehicles, generating $7.4 million in sales, compared to 93 vehicles and $2.3 million in sales for the same period in 2011, said Butch Spencer, the Centerville new-car dealership’s general manager.

“This program has been very profitable for our dealership,” said Spencer, who encouraged area business owners to obtain Minority Business Enterprise certification to benefit their businesses.

The state spent $165 million with minority-owned businesses in fiscal year 2014, up from $106 million the previous budget year.
The Dayton region has 114 certified minority-owned businesses, representing less than 10 percent of the total 1,226 in Ohio, according to Ohio Development Services Agency data obtained by this newspaper.

Thursday’s meeting at the Montgomery County Job Center was the second of seven such events the agency will hold statewide through September. State officials discussed how area business owners can win more business with various state-run agencies, and obtain certification that qualifies them for certain government contracts.

The goal is to get more area businesses involved with the state program, said Jackie Williams, chief of the agency’s Minority Business Development division.

“Especially in the case where we have a deficit of companies that we’ve been able to identify, we want to get the word out that the opportunity is real and connect them with resources,” Williams said.

Another public meeting will be held noon Monday at the American Red Cross, 2111 Dana Ave. in Cincinnati.


Certified minority-owned businesses by county
Montgomery – 82
Greene – 12
Warren – 9
Clark – 8
Miami – 2
Champaign – 1
Total – 114
Source: Ohio Development Services Agency


Related article in The Dayton Business Journal: Centerville auto group boosts business with minority certification

You’re Invited!

state roadshow header Free Resources
to Grow Your
Minority-Owned Business

Thursday, August 21, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

at the

Montgomery County Job Center
1111 South Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
Dayton, Ohio 45422

The Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio Department of Administrative Services and Minority Business Assistance Center at the City of Dayton invite you to spend one hour to discover how minority-owned businesses navigate the state certification process and learn more about opportunities to grow your business.

Please RSVP to RoShawn.Winburn@daytonohio.gov

The State of Ohio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider of ADA Services.state roadshow footer

Save the Date

Our 2nd event in our Builder’s Opportunity Breakfast (BOB) series is on August 28th and it’s dedicated to learning how to become a vendor/supplier/subcontractor in the local area healthcare space. Hence if you would like to acquire information that could help you contract with Kettering Health, Premier Health, Dayton Children’s, Caresource or the V.A. this is the event you want to attend.

In addition to that you’ll be able to meet resource partners at our resource fair aptly titled “Are You Ready?” and come in contact with City of Dayotn PEP & MBE/EDGE certifying agencies, Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC), Ohio Minority Supplier Development Agency (OMSDC), Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council, Keybank and several others who’ll be there to help you build the capacity of your firm.

Note that this is NOT an event that is exclusively for construction but it’s an event for ALL suppliers including construction. So if you’re a caterer, painter, t-shirt printer, roofer, paper-shredder, landscaper, florist, or offer some other solution that’s applicable to the healthcare industry you should sign up for this event. The logistics are below and we are looking forward to seeing you there!!!

I am also attaching the official registration for if you need to fill it out and fax it in. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you all there. Contact us if you have any questions.