Save the Date: May 16 OBDC Women in Construction Industry Brown Bag Lunch

🛠️ Attention, ladies in construction! Get ready to build valuable connections at the OBDC Women in the Construction Industry Brown Bag Lunch. Join us on May 16 at Marker Construction for an inspiring afternoon with our special guest, Alison Marker. Dive into discussions, share resources, and network with peers who are shaping the industry. 🌟 Don’t miss this opportunity to empower your career and expand your professional network. Reserve your spot now! Tickets available here: ➡️ #ConstructionWomen #Networking #Empowerment #OBDCEvent

Today’s CertifyOhio Sessions: Explore State Certifications and Master Single-Member LLC Board Meetings

Today’s CertifyOhio Sessions: Explore State Certifications and Master Single-Member LLC Board Meetings

Join us today, April 18th, for two impactful online sessions designed to empower small and minority-owned businesses with essential knowledge and skills.

Morning Session: Introduction to State of Ohio Certification and Loan Programs

🕙 Time: 10:00 AM 🔗 Location: Online via Zoom


  • Explore State Certifications: Understand the benefits of obtaining state certifications and how they can open doors to new markets and secure government contracts.
  • Learn About Loan Programs: Gain insights into state-supported loan programs that can help finance your business expansion.

Evening Session: Navigating Single-Member LLC Board Meetings

🕒 Time: 6 pm Join us online via Zoom! 🔗 Location: Online via Zoom

What You’ll Learn:

  • Effective Board Meeting Strategies: Discover how to manage and document your board meetings effectively.
  • Compliance Tips: Get tips on maintaining your business’s good standing through proper compliance.
  • Leveraging Meetings for Growth: Learn techniques to use board meetings as a tool for business growth.

Don’t miss out on these opportunities to enhance your business’s operational and strategic capabilities. Whether you are just starting out or looking to refine your existing operations, these sessions are tailored to help you succeed.

🌐 For more information and to register, please visit:

See you there!

#CertifyOhio #StateCertifications #LLCManagement #Entrepreneurship #BusinessGrowth #OhioBusiness

Today Only: Master the Art of Certification Marketing with Experts Terri Wise & Judi Politi

OBDC is thrilled to invite you to a special online workshop happening TODAY at 11:30 AM – “How to Market Your Certification.” This is your opportunity to gain insights from two distinguished professionals in the field of business and certification.

Guest Speakers:

  • Terri Wise, renowned for her impactful work as the retired CCS Outreach Coordinator, will share her wealth of knowledge in community service and outreach.
  • Judi Politi, a testament to success in the entrepreneurial world, will discuss the strategic nuances of using certification to elevate a business.

This workshop is designed for anyone looking to understand the practical ways in which certifications can be utilized to enhance business visibility, growth, and success. Don’t miss out on the chance to learn from the best, network with peers, and take your business to the next level.

Please visit to register and for more information.

Columbus Zoo and The Wilds Seek Vendor Quotes for Network Infrastructure Project

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, together with The Wilds, is inviting selected vendors to submit quotes for a comprehensive network infrastructure upgrade. This project encompasses the procurement and installation of network cabinets and backboards across various locations within The Wilds, located at 14000 International Rd, Cumberland, OH 43732.

Project Scope:

  • Cabinet and Backboard Installation: Vendors are expected to procure specified types of cabinets and backboards, ensuring secure installation both indoors and outdoors across designated areas.
  • Cable Management and Testing: The project includes re-terminating existing cabling, installing a 2U cable management system in network cabinets, conducting comprehensive testing to ensure signal integrity, and addressing any issues identified during testing.
  • Documentation and Quality Assurance: Vendors must provide detailed documentation of all installations and adhere to the Structured Cabling Standards. The quality of dressed cables will be subject to final approval by the Columbus Zoo technology representative.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All quotes should be a single price for the entire scope of work, specifying parts to be performed by the submitter and those to be subcontracted.
  • Proposals must be submitted electronically to Felix Garcia at by 5:00 PM (EST) on April 26, 2024. Please ensure any proprietary information in your response is clearly designated.

Important Dates:

  • RFQ Distribution: April 5, 2024
  • Staff-Led Tour of The Wilds: April 8 – 19, 2024 (Contact to schedule)
  • Question Period: Until April 19, 2024, 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Proposal Deadline: April 26, 2024, 5:00 PM (EST)

This is an exceptional opportunity for vendors to collaborate with the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks on enhancing their technological infrastructure. We encourage all selected vendors to carefully review the RFQ details and submit their most competitive quotes for consideration.

For further inquiries and submission details, please refer to the full RFQ documentation or contact the specified representatives. Let’s work together towards a more connected and efficient future for the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds.

The April 4 CertifyOhio Event Highlights

🚀 Today’s CertifyOhio Event Highlights 🚀

📆 April 4, 2024 – A transformative day for small and minority-owned businesses! The Ohio Business Development Center (OBDC) invites you to two pivotal sessions designed to propel your business forward:

1️⃣ Certification 101 – Dive deep into the world of business certifications with our online session. Learn the basics and how these certifications can serve as a catalyst for your business’s growth. 🌱 (This class meets on April 9 as well)

2️⃣ Elevate Your Business – Gain valuable legal advice and tips tailored for entrepreneurs. This online session is a must-attend for anyone looking to solidify their business’s legal foundation. ⚖️

📍 Where? Online via Zoom.

🕒 When? Today at 6pm

💡 Whether you’re exploring the certification landscape or seeking to elevate your business with expert legal advice, today’s sessions are tailored to meet your needs. Don’t miss this chance to learn from industry experts, connect with peers, and take a giant leap towards securing your business’s future.

For more details and to secure your spot, visit Let’s harness the power of certification together!

🔗 Stay Connected – Follow us for more updates and upcoming events in the CertifyOhio series. Elevate your business profile and unlock new opportunities with us!

#CertifyOhio #SmallBusiness #MinorityOwnedBusiness #BusinessCertification #Entrepreneurship

Today’s Highlight in the OBDC CertifyOhio Series: Certification 101

Join us on April 2, 2024, for “Certification 101,” a standout session in our CertifyOhio series brought to you by the Ohio Business Development Center (OBDC). This online event is designed for small and minority-owned businesses ready to explore the advantages of business certifications.

Quick Details:

  • When: Today, April 2, 2024, at 11:30 AM
  • Where: Online (Link upon registration)
  • Register:

Certification 101 offers a primer on how certifications can open doors to growth and opportunity. Beyond today’s session, the CertifyOhio series features upcoming events focused on specific certifications, strategies for leveraging certifications, and live Q&A sessions with industry leaders.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Elevate Your Business: Legal Know-How & Practical Tips for Emerging Entrepreneurs on April 4th.
  • Walk-in Certification Assistance on April 8th for hands-on support.
  • Additional events include another Certification 101 on April 9th, a marketing workshop on April 10th, an LLC Repair Workshop on April 11th, and more throughout the month.

Join Us for CertifyOhio: A Month-Long Empowerment Program!

This April 2024, the Ohio Business Development Center (OBDC) is proud to present CertifyOhio, an exclusive series of events designed to accelerate the success of entrepreneurs and business owners across Ohio. Through a comprehensive array of workshops and sessions, CertifyOhio aims to guide and support you through the intricacies of business certification, legal structuring, marketing strategies, and much more. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your business to new heights. Here’s a glance at what’s in store:

  • Elevate Your Business: Legal Know-How & Practical Tips for Emerging Entrepreneurs (April 2)
  • Certification 101: Multiple Sessions (April 2, 4, 9)
  • How to Market your Certification (April 10)
  • LLC Repair Workshop: Fixing Common Mistakes with D-I-Y LLCs (April 11)
  • Walk-in Certification Assistance (April 8, 16)

Each session is carefully tailored to address the most pressing needs of today’s entrepreneurs, ensuring you leave with valuable knowledge and actionable strategies.

Seats are filling up fast! Visit today to register and learn more about how you can participate in CertifyOhio. Let’s make this April a turning point for your business.

CRAA issues RFP for on-call architectural srevices


The Columbus Regional Airport Authority values diversity and inclusion and the impact small and minority-owned firms have on the Central Ohio economy.  The Columbus Regional Airport Authority invites you to access the following link: to  register to do business with us and to view new bid opportunities and results. Email for questions about the Diversity Programs at Columbus Regional Airport Authority.

Empowering Women in Construction: A Recap of OBDC’s Inaugural Meeting

The inaugural OBDC-Women in the Construction Industry meeting, hosted at the facilities of our construction ally, Kokosing Construction, marked a milestone event. A diverse group of women from throughout Ohio gathered to forge connections and exchange valuable resources. The highlight of the event was an engaging session with Josh Irwin from Kokosing, who enlightened attendees on collaboration opportunities with the company. Terri Wise, the esteemed outgoing Outreach Coordinator from Columbus City Schools, imparted her wisdom and motivated the entrepreneurs with her encouraging words. The sentiment of appreciation was echoed by a participant who remarked, “Wonderful event! Ronda, you did it again! Thank You.”

Ronda Watson Barber, the visionary leader and CEO of OBDC, shared her reflections on the gathering, “This is just the beginning. It was truly inspiring to see the solidarity among women and the powerful network being built. I’m deeply grateful for Kokosing’s unwavering support of our inclusion initiatives. This is the first of many. I am so inspired to witness women coming together and supporting one another. It was powerful. Many meaningful connections were made. I am thankful for the support of Kokosing. They are always supportive of my inclusion efforts.”

Stay tuned for the announcement of the next OBDC: Women in the Construction Industry meeting. Keep an eye on our website and follow us on social media to catch the latest updates!