National Summit on Equality of Opportunity

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Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, October 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET for the third annual National Summit on Equality of Opportunity, Advancing Inclusive Growth: Strengthening America’s Workforce and Minority-Owned Businesses.

Ohio MBE Awards


National Small Business Week Awards

The SBA Columbus District Office is ready to accept nominations for the 2023 National Small Business Week Awards for businesses and organizations across central and southern Ohio, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year Award. Visit the SBA’s dedicated website at to download forms, criteria, and guidelines for submitting a national nomination. The SBA Awards given in celebration of National and District Small Business Week include the following awards:

Small Business Person of the Year (National and District)
Small Business Exporter (National and District)
Nominations for 2023 are now open. Deadline to submit is December 8, 2022 at 3pm ET

The Woman of Authentici-TEA

Sat, October 1, 2022
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Do you feel like you can bring your whole self to work? Join us as we explore the experiences Women of Color face in the workplace.

Central Ohio Small Business Resource Fair

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Central Ohio Small Business Resource Fair
Thursday, October 13 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
ECDI Business Resource Center, 1655 Old Leonard Avenue, Columbus, OH 43219
Make things happen on October 13! Join us for the Central Ohio Small Business Resource Fair. This event is jam packed with a vendor expo of entrepreneurial support services, networking opportunities, rapid fire workshops and more!

U.S. Small Business Administration

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.


Member News & Resources
On October 6th the City of Columbus Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with CoverMyMeds, will be hosting our 2nd Govern conference at VUE Columbus from 8:00am-3:30pm. This event will be an impactful day of leaning in and learning with some of the brightest and most influential people in the state of Ohio, including the mayors of Ohio’s three largest cities, as well as city council members, public sector experts, and DEI leaders.

Cultivate Advisors

Cultivate Advisors is a small business advising firm that partners 1:1 with small business owners to propel their business beyond expectations. Since 2013, we’ve partnered with 1,000+ passionate small business owners to bring accountability, outside experience, and expert guidance to help them build custom systems and to gain the skills and confidence to take their business to the next level.

NAWBO National Member Orientation

Get to know the benefits of belonging, including events, programming and opportunities to increase your company’s visibility. Also, meet members of NAWBO HQ’s Membership team!
Second Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. PT/12 p.m. CT/1 pm ET

NAWBO Empower Hour

Empower Hour
Join us to empower yourself and other women entrepreneurs! We will connect each week for an hour to:
-develop relationships
-share successes and best practices
-support one another through the ups and downs of business ownership and leadership
This event is not recorded and is open to members and non-members; we just ask that non-members attend up to two times before deciding if NAWBO is the right community for you. Please introduce yourself as you empower yourself and others!
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Virtual Connect and Learn

Virtual Connect and Learn
Presented by NAWBO Premier Members Nationwide
Learn best practices and tools to help you in your business as well as focusing on ways to promote self care. Each event we will have the opportunity to use our virtual lounge to connect before the event starts and meet and greet with our speaker for the last 15 minutes of the hour we spend together.

The Ohio Women’s Coalition

The Ohio Women’s Coalition is a diverse, non-partisan alliance of women in business, women leaders, women business owners, and men that support the mission across Ohio who are coming together to improve the economic position for all women in our state. The OWC was created to amplify the voice of women in Ohio and to help draw attention to the unique challenges that women encounter, especially underserved women of color and women who live in underserved areas of the state, to gain access to economic opportunities in order to achieve financial stability and prosperity.

The Women's Small Business Accelerator

The Women’s Small Business Accelerator (WSBA) is a non-profit accelerator founded by successful women business owners for women business owners. We provide education, peer support, mentoring, and accountability to help women on their entrepreneurial journey – to start and grow their own businesses.

Columbus Urban League Minority Business Assistance Center

Our Mission: To advance business opportunities for minority and small disadvantaged business enterprises, and provide market access that leads to sustainable business relationships.

African-American Entrepreneurs: Contributions and Challenges Report

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.

The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio

The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is a public foundation focused on gender equity. We create social change through our trust-based investments in women and girls, our groundbreaking research, and our intersectional advocacy.

The Columbus Foundation

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To assist donors and others in strengthening and improving our community for the benefit of all its residents.


Through advocacy, connections and empowerment, Key4Women supports the financial progress and empowerment of business women. We’ve been helping women meet their financial and business goals since 2005, so we know what progress looks like. Today, we’re dedicated to opening doors for more women, in more ways than ever before.

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 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!

The U.S. Commercial Service

The mission of the The U.S. Commercial Service is to create prosperity by strengthening the international competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements.
Darren Srebnick – Director, CS Columbus – or 380-710-3800