Join us tonight for the SBLA -Contracts 101 online class

Join us tonight for our SBLA – Contracts 101 online class! Learn how to protect your business interests with essential knowledge on contract terms and conditions.

Event Details: πŸ—“οΈ Date: Tonight, June 13, 2024
πŸ•• Time: 6:00 PM
πŸ’» Location: Online (Zoom)
πŸ”— Register at:

πŸ“’ Enhance your understanding of contracts and ensure your business is protected. Free for Summer Training and Planroom members!

Get ready for an action-packed week starting June 10 with the Ohio Business Development Center

Get ready for an action-packed week starting June 10 with the Ohio Business Development Center (OBDC). Whether you’re looking to enhance your project management skills or understand the latest regulations, we’ve got you covered. All classes are FREE for Summer Training and Planroom members!

Upcoming Events:

June 12:
πŸ“š Project Management Basics Series (Session 1)
πŸ•• Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
πŸ”— Register at:

June 13:
πŸ“š Contracts 101
πŸ•• Time: 6:00 PM
πŸ”— Register at:

June 14:
πŸ“š Navigating City of Columbus Permits, Zoning, and Inspections
πŸ•™ Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
πŸ”— Register at:

June 15:
πŸ“š SBLA Clinic
πŸ•• Time: 6:00 PM
πŸ”— Register at:

πŸ“’ Free for Summer Training and Planroom members! Secure your spot now and take your business to the next level. Get your membership here
#OBDC #BusinessTraining #FreeClasses #ProjectManagement #Contracts #Permits #Zoning #Inspections #SmallBusiness #ColumbusOhio

Upcoming OBDC Online Class: Navigating City of Columbus Permits, Zoning, and Inspections πŸ“’

Small business owners and contractors, join us on June 14 at 10:00 AM for an essential session. Learn how to navigate permits, zoning laws, and inspections to ensure your business operates smoothly and compliantly.

Event Details: πŸ—“οΈ Date: June 14, 2024
πŸ•™ Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
πŸ’» Location: Online (Zoom)
πŸ”— Register at:

Why Attend? βœ… Gain essential knowledge
βœ… Ensure regulatory compliance
βœ… Learn from industry experts

πŸ“’ Free for Summer Training and Planroom members! Register now and secure your spot! For more info, visit

#OBDC #BusinessTraining #Permits #Zoning #Inspections #SmallBusiness #ColumbusOhio


πŸ“’ Join the Small Business Legal Aid @OBDC for a Series of Online Workshops and Clinics! πŸ“’

Receive expert legal guidance tailored to your small business needs from SBLA founder Ambrose Moses III. Don’t miss these valuable sessions!

Upcoming Events:

πŸ—“οΈ June 6: SBLA Clinic Register at
πŸ—“οΈ June 8: Decoding the Corporate Transparency Act
πŸ—“οΈ June 13: Contracts 101
πŸ—“οΈ June 15: SBLA Clinic – Register at
πŸ—“οΈ June 27: LLC Repair
πŸ—“οΈ June 29: Your LLC and the Corporate Transparency Act

πŸ”— Register now at
πŸ”— For clinics, register at

Why Attend?

βœ… Expert legal advice
βœ… Personalized consultations
βœ… Essential insights for small business success

#SmallBusiness #LegalAid #OBDC #BusinessGrowth #Workshops #SBLA #LegalClinic #Entrepreneurship

Empowering Women in Construction: A Recap of OBDC’s Brown Bag Lunch at Marker Construction

The Ohio Business Development Center (OBDC) hosted a standout event titled β€œWomen in Construction Industry Brown Bag Lunch” at the Columbus office of Marker Construction, a trailblazing certified Woman Owned Business. The event drew a dynamic crowd of women business owners from all corners of Ohio, each eager to build connections and explore new opportunities in the construction industry.

Fostering Networking and Knowledge Sharing

The atmosphere was buzzing with energy as attendees exchanged experiences, business cards, and ideas. Marker Construction opened its doors and its insights, focusing on how women can thrive in the construction field. The presentations and discussions centered around the importance of diversity and inclusion, with a special focus on initiatives for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).

Insights from Industry Leaders

OBDC’s founder and executive director, Ronda Watson Barber, shared her vision for the event: β€œThe goal was to get a group of women together to network and share resources. The information provided by Marker was valuable, and I know partnerships will be made.” Her words underscored the event’s mission to not only connect women entrepreneurs but also to arm them with the knowledge needed to succeed.

A Participant’s Perspective

The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. One participant noted, β€œThis was well worth the drive. One of the best networking events I’ve attended.” Such testimonials highlight the event’s impact in offering not just connections but also inspiration and empowerment to its attendees.

Marker’s Commitment to Diversity

The team at Marker Construction shared their ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive business environment, which resonated with the audience. As a certified Woman Owned Business, Marker serves as a model for what is achievable in terms of diversity and inclusion in the construction industry.

Looking Forward

The success of the Brown Bag Lunch is just the beginning. OBDC continues to champion the advancement of women in the construction industry through various initiatives and events. Keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming opportunities to engage, learn, and grow with us.

Stay Connected

To stay updated on future events and news from OBDC, visit our website at and follow us on our social media channels. Together, we can build a more inclusive and diverse construction industry.

Columbus Zoo is hosting the May 21 OhioMBE Procurement Fair – Registration is open

πŸ“’ Attention Small Business Owners! 🌟
πŸ“ Join us at the OhioMBE Procurement Fair
πŸ“… May 21, 2024
🏒 Hosted by the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

🦁 Purchasing Department
Got a product or service that can meet the needs of a busy zoo? Connect with our Purchasing team to explore exciting procurement opportunities. πŸ›’πŸ“¦

🌳 Events and Promotions Department
Are you in the events industry? Meet with our Events and Promotions department to discuss how your services could shine at our events! πŸŽ€πŸŽ‰

πŸ”¨ Construction Department
In the construction or building maintenance business? Our Construction team is looking for partners like you to help enhance our facilities. πŸ—οΈπŸ‘·β€β™‚οΈ

πŸ’» IT/Tech Department
Tech innovators and service providers, our IT/Tech department is eager to meet with you to discuss potential tech solutions and collaborations. πŸ’»πŸ–₯️

πŸ‘‰ Register now to secure your 15-minute appointment:

πŸ”— For more information, visit:
Let’s make connections that grow your business!

#OhioMBE #ProcurementFair #SmallBusiness #ColumbusZoo #Networking #BusinessGrowth #SupplierDiversity

Ohio Business Development Center Announces May 2024 Workshop Series

Ohio Business Development Center Announces May 2024 Workshop Series

The Ohio Business Development Center (OBDC) is excited to announce a comprehensive series of educational workshops designed to support and elevate small business owners and professionals in the construction industry. These sessions, held both online and in-person, are tailored to address the specific needs of minority and women-owned businesses in Ohio.

Upcoming Workshops:

  • Certification 101: Understand the certification landscape with our three-part online series on May 7, 9, and 20, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. This foundational course is perfect for those new to business certification processes.

  • Women in the Construction Industry Brown Bag Lunch: Join us in-person on May 16 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Marker Construction for a networking lunch designed to connect women in the construction field. Engage in discussions and share experiences that foster growth and collaboration.

  • Understanding Contracts: Enhance your knowledge of contract law through our online session on May 16 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. This workshop is ideal for anyone looking to grasp the essentials of contractual agreements.

  • LLC Repair Workshop: Correct common mistakes in DIY LLC formations at our workshop on May 23 from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM. This session will help ensure that your business structure is solid and compliant.

  • COMING IN JUNE – Project Management Basics: Join our four-week online webinar series tailored for new contractors, covering key project management skills like planning, scheduling, and risk management. The sessions are ideal for enhancing efficiency and project outcomes in the construction industry.Β 

Registration: Open now! All interested participants can register for these workshops at These events are essential for any business owner looking to navigate the complexities of their industries effectively.


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

πŸ› οΈ 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: ➑️ #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

πŸ•™ Time: 10:00 AM πŸ”— 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

πŸ•’ Time: 6 pm Join us online via Zoom! πŸ”— 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