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Women and Minorities

Entrepreneurship and Business Assistance Centers - Women's Business Program
The Ohio Department of Development offers programs and services to support woman-owned businesses. Provided are links to agencies and programs to assist woman entrepreneurs throughout the state.

Minority Business Development Agency  
The focus of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency is the minority entrepreneur. Through its website the agency instructs the aspiring business owner on the basics of starting and operating a business. There are also links to the many products and services provided by the agency. In addition, MBDA sponsors forums and conferences. Free registration is required for some of the website’s features. Why is it important to visit the Minority Business Development Agency’s website? According to its mission, “MBDA is an entrepreneurially focused and innovative organization committed to wealth creation in minority communities. The agency's mission is to actively promote the growth and competitiveness of large, medium and small minority business enterprises (MBEs).” Check their FAQ link to see if you qualify for assistance.

Ohio Edge Program 
The State of Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services offers EDGE (Encouraging Diversity, Growth, and Equity), a program serving the “socially and economically disadvantaged businesses in Ohio”. Investigate this link to see if your business qualifies for this program, a program designed to “facilitate access to state government contracts and business services for EDGE certified businesses”. 

Small Business Administration's Office of Women's Business Ownership
The Office of Women’s Business Ownership's has established and oversees a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. "Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses."