Ohio Business Development Center Surpasses Goals, Empowers Black-Owned Businesses During Black History Month 2024

The Ohio Business Development Center (OBDC) proudly announces the successful achievement of its ambitious goal during Black History Month 2024: engaging 50 businesses, with a particular focus on Black-owned enterprises.

Throughout the month of February, OBDC spearheaded its Empower and Build Series, a comprehensive program designed to provide vital training and networking opportunities for businesses across Ohio. The series aimed to equip entrepreneurs, especially those from underrepresented communities, with the knowledge and resources essential for sustainable growth and success.

Under the insightful guidance of industry experts, participants had the opportunity to delve into various critical aspects of business management and development. From workshops on ‘Doing Business with Franklin County’ to ‘Real World Estimating Tips,’ ‘Certification 101,’ ‘Mastering Media and Press Releases,’ and ‘Creating Wealth Through Real Estate,’ the series covered a diverse range of topics crucial for entrepreneurial success.

“We are thrilled to announce the successful accomplishment of our goal to engage and empower 50 businesses, particularly those owned by members of the Black community,” said Ronda Watson Barber, Founder of OBDC. “At OBDC, we are committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity and opportunity, and the overwhelming response to our Empower and Build Series is a testament to the dedication and resilience of Ohio’s entrepreneurial spirit.”

With classes still scheduled throughout February, OBDC invites entrepreneurs to take advantage of these invaluable opportunities for growth and advancement. Interested individuals can register for upcoming sessions by visiting the OBDC website at OHBDC.org.

OBDC is sponsored by Franklin County, Columbus Zoo and Park National Bank.

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