Leaping Towards Success: The Power of Certification in Elevating Minority Businesses

As we find ourselves in a Leap Year, an extraordinary time that comes only once every four years, the Ohio Business Development Center (OBDC) presents an equally rare opportunity for small and minority-owned businesses. Today, we spotlight a special initiative aimed at empowering these businesses through certification: the Leap Year Special for MBE, FBE, EDGE, and DBE certifications.

Why Certification Matters

In the competitive landscape of business, standing out is not just an option; it’s a necessity. Certifications such as Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Female Business Enterprise (FBE), Encouraging Diversity, Growth, and Equity (EDGE), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) provide businesses with a valuable edge. They open doors to government contracts, increase business visibility, and foster networking opportunities with larger corporations seeking to diversify their suppliers and partners.

The Leap Year Special: A Golden Opportunity

Recognizing the critical role certifications play in leveling the playing field, OBDC’s Leap Year Special offers an unprecedented opportunity. For today only, the Certification 101 class, aimed at guiding businesses through the certification process for MBE, FBE, EDGE, or DBE, is available at the special price of $2.29. This initiative underscores OBDC’s commitment to making business growth accessible and affordable.

What You’ll Learn

The Certification 101 class, held online at 11:30 AM, is more than just an informational session. It’s a roadmap to unlocking the potential of your business. Participants will learn:

  • The Benefits of Certification: Understand how being certified can elevate your business, from increased exposure to new markets to eligibility for public and private sector programs.
  • The Certification Process: Get a step-by-step guide on how to apply for MBE, FBE, EDGE, and DBE certifications, including tips for a successful application.
  • Leveraging Your Certification: Discover strategies to make the most of your certification status, including how to market your business effectively and connect with potential clients.

Take the Leap

This Leap Year, let’s take a leap towards success together. The OBDC Leap Year Special is more than a promotional offer; it’s a catalyst for change, growth, and empowerment for small and minority-owned businesses. By equipping these enterprises with the tools, knowledge, and certifications they need, we’re not just building businesses; we’re building a stronger, more diverse economy.

Register Now

Don’t miss this once-in-a-four-year opportunity. Register for the Certification 101 online class today at OHBDC.org and begin your journey towards certification and business success. Let’s leap forward, together.