MEMBER RESOURCES

Building Equity and Opportunity for LGBTQI+-Owned Small Businesses

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Join the SBA for a webinar to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month. The focus will be on financial wellness and the importance of equity and opportunity to uplift and support LGBTQI+-owned small businesses.

Building Your Marketing Engine

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Tuesday, July 12 at 9 a.m. PT/11 a.m. CT/12 p.m. ET

Are you struggling with growing your business to the next level? Do you rely solely on word of mouth and referrals to get new customers? If you are a business owner looking to increase your lead generation, you don’t want to miss this!

African-American Entrepreneurs: Contributions and Challenges Report

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The SBA Office of Advocacy has released a report entitled African-American Entrepreneurs: Contributions and Challenges Report. It examines long-term trends in African-American entrepreneurship and the racial gaps in financing and self-employment among business owners.

NAWBO-Intuit Survey Says: Access to Funding Remains a Challenge

Easier access to funding is where women-owned small businesses need the most help right now according to a new survey commissioned by NAWBO in partnership with Intuit QuickBooks. Almost half (49%) of the 1,036 NAWBO members who completed the survey say extra funding would have the greatest impact on their business today, if they could get it. In order of preference, they want expanded access to government grants, tax breaks and business loans.

Leading the Southwest Way: Unleashing Culture Through the Power of Leadership

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Don’t miss this free, virtual roundtable hosted by The Colleen C. Barrett Institute on the topic of Leadership. Hear from Southwest Leaders as they discuss focus areas such as leading from the front, accountability and feedback, and developing the next generation of leaders.

Columbus-Franklin County Small Business Recovery Fund: Applications open 5/23 9AM - 9PM TODAY!

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The Columbus-Franklin County Small Business Recovery Fund will offer $8 million dollars in grants to small businesses specifically impacted by COVID-19. These grants are intended to help those in underserved communities, minority-owned businesses, disadvantaged businesses, and veteran-owned businesses.

U.S.-Europe: Women in Tech Panel

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Join the International Trade Administration and the U.S. Commercial Service for an engaging free virtual panel discussion about Women in Tech!
Under Secretary Marisa Lago will be joined by our three panelists, women executives who have established themselves as business leaders in the tech industry and have experience conducting business in the United States and Europe.
There is no charge for this virtual panel discussion. Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 11:00am-12:00pm Eastern Time

Are You Paid What You’re Worth?

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The ECDI Women’s Business Centers of Ohio are partnering with the Columbus Women’s Commission to spread awareness of the national and local gender pay gap. On May 24th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., their virtual workshop Are You Paid What You’re Worth? will give an overview of the gender pay gap and why it’s important to address, how small businesses can implement equitable hiring policies for vendors or employees, and how women-owned businesses can negotiate better contracts for work.

The ECDI Women’s Business Centers of Ohio are partnering with the Columbus Women’s Commission to spread awareness of the national and local gender pay gap. On May 24th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., their virtual workshop Are You Paid What You’re Worth? will give an overview of the gender pay gap and why it’s important to address, how small businesses can implement equitable hiring policies for vendors or employees, and how women-owned businesses can negotiate better contracts for work.

$8 MM Fund to Support Columbus & Franklin County Small Businesses

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The Columbus-Franklin County Small Business Recovery Fund offers grants for small businesses specifically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Columbus Commitment: Advancing Pay Equity for Women in Our Community

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Please join the Columbus Women’s Commission on Friday, March 25, 2022, and learn how to join our movement in 2022: 100 Adopters. 100 Days. 100% Committed.

Did you know that overall, women in the United States are paid 83 cents for every dollar paid to white men?

This amounts to an annual gender wage gap of $10,435. Women of color experience an even greater disparity.
African American women earn 63 cents for every dollar a white man makes, while Latina women earn 57 cents.
Pay inequality isn’t just a women’s issue, it’s a family issue and an economic issue. These lost wages mean women and their families have less money to support themselves, save and invest for the future as well as spend on goods and services.

NEW City of Columbus Business Certification Programs and Program Enhancements

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The Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is thrilled to announce NEW Business Certification programs and that becoming certified with us has become faster and easier than ever!

Visit Columbus.DiversityCompliance.com today to take advantage of our NEW certification programs for Minority, Women, Veteran and Small Local Business Enterprises. Certification enhancements include the ability to complete and track the status of your application online, receive a copy of your certification approval letter and additional enhancements such as the ability to search for firms listed in our Certified Business Directory by business category!

Start-Up Business Basics: Money, Credit, and Banking - Establishing Banking Relationships

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Join the City of Columbus, Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Dwayne Lee, an industry professional with years of experience providing financial business consulting to small businesses, as he shares the importance of establishing banking relationships, how your banker can help grow your business and obtaining business lines of credit.

Responding to Request for Proposals / Common Mistakes to Bidding & Estimating - Construction and Professional Services

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The Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion along with team members from City of Columbus department’s will share their tips and advice on avoiding common errors found when submitting and responding to bid proposals.

Meijer Expands Third Supplier Diversity Event in Search of Diverse-Owned Merchandise Brands and Service Suppliers

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Meijer has expanded its third Supplier Diversity event to include diverse-owned service providers, as well as retail-ready products for its shelves. The March 29-31 event will give diverse-owned businesses nationwide the opportunity to showcase their offerings for interested Meijer buyers and procurement teams.

Certified minority-, LGBTQ-, woman-, veteran- and disability-owned businesses with products or services in the listed categories can apply by Monday, Feb. 7 for consideration.

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OhioBuys is the State of Ohio’s online purchasing solution that empowers both government buyers and interested suppliers. OhioBuys leverages innovative technologies to increase efficiency, opportunities, and participation with businesses in Ohio.
Supplier Training Webinars for Solicitations and Contracts
Friday, Mar 18
10:00AM-11:00AM

Magnify Mastermind

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Magnify Mastermind is the MMSDC’s latest program designed for Latina and Black Women Entrepreneurs. Business owners are curated into 5 dynamic peer learning groups. Each group will meet regularly for 6 months to discuss challenges, develop solutions, garner support, and build connections for increased opportunity.

Meijer Expands Third Supplier Diversity Event in Search of Diverse-Owned Merchandise Brands and Service Suppliers

Meijer has expanded its third Supplier Diversity event to include diverse-owned service providers, as well as retail-ready products for its shelves. The March 29-31 event will give diverse-owned businesses nationwide the opportunity to showcase their offerings for interested Meijer buyers and procurement teams.

Certified minority-, LGBTQ-, woman-, veteran- and disability-owned businesses with products or services in the listed categories can apply by Monday, Feb. 7 for consideration.

Columbus Small Business Utility Bill Assistance Program

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Special emergency funding is available to eligible small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the City of Columbus with city water, sewer, stormwater and/or power accounts that are having difficulty paying their utility bills or are at the point of disconnection.

The Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is partnering with Grow with Google

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The Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is partnering with Grow with Google to help our community learn digital skills by hosting free virtual workshops on digital skills using resources from Grow with Google.

Launch Right Start-Up Program Now Accepting Applications

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Through the Wells Fargo Open for Business Grant, The NAWBO Institute is launching a start-up program for women who are exiting the workforce in rural regions and marginalized socioeconomic communities.

Women in Negotiation: How to say less and get more

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Join Key4Women and Negotiation and Communications expert, Fotini Iconomopolous to learn how you can strengthen your negotiation style and tackle your next negotiation with ease.

Request for Proposal (RFP) for Occupational Health and Safety Services

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The City of Delaware, Ohio (the City) is requesting proposals for an Occupational Health and Safety Consulting Services until 5:00 p.m., October 29, 2021.

Opportunity to Be a Supplier for PGA Championship Events

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The PGA of America is seeking diverse and locally owned suppliers for its 2022 championship events in Oklahoma, Michigan and Maryland.

2 new loan programs through the Ohio Department of Development that are now Live!

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Women’s Business Enterprise Loan Program
This loan program is designed to stimulate the growth of existing women-owned businesses by providing loans at market rate or below market rate interest (currently up to 3%).

Ohio Micro-Enterprise Loan Program
This loan program is designed to stimulate the growth of new and existing businesses by providing micro-loans at 0% interest.

Join PNC as they celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with special guest John Quiñones.

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The ABC News veteran and creator and host of What Would You Do? will share his inspiring story, the lessons he’s learned, and how having difficult conversations in the workplace and in the community helps us create a more inclusive culture.

The Franklin County Community Equity Fund is (FCCEF) back!

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The Equity Fund will be reopening Friday, October 8th at noon! We will be taking applications for grants up to $15,000 from Franklin County-based small businesses from October 8 – November 8!

How to build a banking relationship w/ Organizer City Of Columbus - Office Of Diversity & Inclusion

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The discussion will center on how your banker can help grow your business.
Wed, September 29, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

The Cultural Capital microlending application is open!

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Applications are open for the Cultural Capital microlending program, championed by the Greater West Dayton Incubator in partnership with Flyer Consulting and Citywide.

INCREASE DIVERSITY!

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The City of Columbus Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion would like to announce the following FREE events and activities available to small, minority and woman-owned businesses

COVID- 19’s Economic Impact on Women: A Panel Discussion on the State of Women in Columbus

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2021 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week!

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Join MBDA as we lead the charge with our annual National MED Week celebration!

AACG Candidates Night

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Thursday Sep 16, 2021
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Crazy Richard's Chosen to Join National Giveback Campaign

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Courtnee Carrigan says that a shared understanding that racism really does exist in the workplace is a good first step

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Zulene Adams is the Most Involved CEO You’ll Ever Know

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Courtney Elson on Virtual Beauty

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Help us congratulate these outstanding NAWBO Cbus women on this wonderful accomplishment! Well done ladies!!

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NAWBO Cbus Member & CEO of Pearl Interactive, Merry Korn in Arizona amid high state unemployment rate

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Congratulations to NAWBO Member Jasilika Davidson, Owner of Assisted Living Locators for being featured on a recent episode of Daytime Columbus.

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NAWBO Member Katy Tombaugh Celebrating 1 Year Anniversary of The Nest Coworking

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NAWBO Member Kathleen Lach Makes the Forbes List!

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NAWBO Member & CEO of Urban Trendsetters Sharon Gordon is celebrating 16 years of putting your business in the street

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Kristen Moosmiller Named to the NAPFA National Board

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Former NBC4 Anchor and NAWBO Member Mikaela Hunt
Builds Community via New Channels

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EVENTS

Dealmakers Conference

MEET THE TOP DEALMAKERS IN COLUMBUS

September 25, 2019
HILTON COLUMBUS DOWNTOWN

EXPERIENCE DEALMAKERS

The Smart Business Dealmakers Conference (formerly ASPIRE) connects thousands of local dealmakers – from middle-market CEOs to top investors and lenders to leading M&A advisers.

With sessions ranging from raising capital to buying and selling companies to alternative asset investing, our conference covers the breadth of the M&A landscape.

.Use code NAWBO to save $100

For tickets click here

Spiceteria

Eat. Drink. Inspire.

On September 27 and 28th Spiceteria will host our Eat.Drink.Inspire Conversation Series, Navigating Adulthood, “The 40 – Something Woman.”  Featuring three trailblazing, female doctors who are improving women’s health and wellbeing around the globe. This two-day Columbus, Ohio event will host a dinner on Friday, and brunch on Saturday.

For tickets click here

Wine and Websites: Legal Do’s and Don’ts For Your Site

During this month’s Wine + Websites, Eryn Gilson will be your guide to a legally covered site. We will be discussing legal Do’s and Don’ts and answering any questions you may have realted to how to get your site covered legally.

Eryn Gilson is a social media strategist and online presence educator. She helps her clients create social media strategies that turn social media followers into raving fans and lifelong customers. Eryn has experience both educating and executing social media, blogging, and email campaigns. She enjoys working with clients to create strategic, customer-focus action plans that deliver results. Eryn is also the voice behind 614 Mom, a blog dedicated to supporting the Columbus community through thoughtful and intentional content. Your online presence is sometimes the first impression for many of your customers and, with Eryn’s help, you can crush that first impression.

For tickets click here

LIVE2LEAD

Led by Dana Vogelmeier, Lead the Shift Columbus will engage attendees to optimize and personalize the extraordinary insights delivered in John C. Maxwell’s annual Live2Lead broadcast. Local insights and powerful breakout sessions will alternate with the individual segments of Live2Lead.

Our program includes breakfast, networking, lunch, and several prize drawings.

At the end of the day, teams and leaders alike will take away valuable nuggets to immediately improve their own professional lives and work experiences.

OCTOBER 24, 2019 7 am – 3 pm
The Boat House at Confluence Park

679 W. Spring Street Columbus, OH 43215

$99 / full day

Table Discounts and Sponsorships Available

To register click here

NEWS

NAWBO Cbus Member & CEO of Pearl Interactive, Merry Korn hiring in Arizona amid high state unemployment rate

Arizona’s unemployment rate remains higher than the national average, yet the Phoenix metro area is still creating jobs at a healthy pace. Employers continue to add staff in the Phoenix area, including NAWBO Cbus Member and CEO of Pearl Interactive, Merry Korn.

Read the full article here.

Help us congratulate these outstanding NAWBO Cbus women on this wonderful accomplishment! Well done ladies!!

 

 

*Erin Nealy, Bridgeway Academy
*Catherine Lang-Kline, Portfolio Creative

NAWBO Member Jasilika Davidson, Owner of Assisted Living Locators featured on a recent episode of Daytime Columbus

The need for assisted care as we age is in high demand.  And because there are so many different types of needs from physical therapy to memory care, there is no one-size fits all solution. So many people think to find the ideal senior living home will be complicated.  But it doesn’t have to be with a free service in Columbus to find the best fit for your needs. Watch the full interview and learn more here.

NAWBO Member Katy Tombaugh Celebrating 1 Year Anniversary of The Nest Coworking

Come out and celebrate ONE YEAR in business with NAWBO member and VP of Membership Katy Tombaugh and The Nest Coworking.

When: Friday, June 14th, 2019
Time: 4pm-7pm
RSVP here.

NAWBO Member Kathleen Lach Makes the Forbes List!

Kathleen Lach, who has been a wealth advisor since 1999, believes serving her clients goes beyond the value of a portfolio. With comprehensive advice tailored to an investor’s particular needs, Kathleen and her team help clients and their families navigate volatile markets and evolving circumstances with educated decisions based on sound investment principles. Whether spotlighting hidden opportunities or anticipating important transitions, Kathleen strikes the effective balance between short-term needs and long-term financial goals. Her deep multi-generational relationships facilitate her partnering with clients at each stage of investing: accumulation, growth and protection strategies, and the transition of wealth either to the next generation or through thoughtful philanthropy. Active in her community, Kathleen also provides investment advice to a number of non-profit organizations.

Read the full articles here.

NAWBO Member & CEO of Urban Trendsetters  Sharon Gordon is celebrating 16 years of putting your business in the street

Since 2003 they have published over 450 newspapers and publications and been the media sponsor 100’s of events.

The UTS TrendE-Blast first launched as a service to our clients in December 2005. In that time we have sent over sent over 10,000 email blasts while creating our tribe, the UTS Nation.

We are the first and most consistent urban based e-blast service in Central Ohio and have the largest minority and diverse data base in the STATE OF OHIO.

Read latest issue here.

Kristen Moosmiller Named to the NAPFA National Board

We are pleased to announce that Kristen Moosmiller was recently named to the national board of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). She will begin serving a three-year term in September 2019.

NAPFA National shared the following with their 3,000+ members this week regarding Kristen and her fellow incoming board member:
Kristen and Jeff are both successful financial planners with just the right mix of experience, professionalism, vision and service-orientation to help move the association forward. They are committed to NAPFA’s mission, and to increasing member engagement and fulfillment. This year gave the Leadership Development Committee a great group of candidates from which to choose. Our decision was an extraordinarily difficult one, and we thank all of the candidates for the time and effort they put forth during the selection process. Congratulations Kristen and Jeff. Well done!

The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country’s leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve. The association provides support and education for over 3000 practitioners all over the country and is governed by the NAPFA Board of Directors and supported by our four Region Boards.

NAPFA members live by three important values:
– To be the beacon for independent, objective financial advice for individuals and families.
– To be the champion of financial services delivered in the public interest.
– To be the standard bearer for the emerging profession of financial planning.

Best wishes to Kristen in her important new role!

Former NBC4 Anchor and NAWBO Member Mikaela Hunt Builds Community via New Channels

For eight years Mikaela Hunt woke up with Columbus news viewers as one of four co-anchors on NBC4 Today. During those years, Hunt built a relationship with viewers as a part of their daily morning routines — almost as if they knew her. But after 17 years in TV journalism, an unexpected — and at one point devastating — change came her way.

In 2015, when NBC4 chose not to renew Hunt’s contract, local news viewers were seemingly devastated. There were a lot of questions about why she was no longer on the show, where she went, and exactly what happened. Years later, from time to time, Hunt will get a message on Facebook from someone saying, “I’m so glad I found you!” or “I didn’t know where you went. What happened?” Others told Hunt they called the station, left voicemails, and were even given the news director’s phone number, but never got a callback.

Read full  article here.

$8 MM Fund to Support Columbus & Franklin County Small Businesses

The Columbus-Franklin County Small Business Recovery Fund offers grants for small businesses specifically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more, determine eligibility and apply at: