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Diversity

GDPM encourages all of its vendors to receive a diversity certification. It is proven to provide companies with greater economic opportunities. GDPM believes that diverse firms provide opportunities to all segments of the population thus stimulating regional economic growth.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Disadvantaged Business or Small Business Enterprise (DBE/SBE), Edge Certified and Veteran Owned Business (VBE). 

 

     A. MBE stands for Minority Business Enterprise. An MBE is defined as a business concern that is at least 51% owned by one or more individuals who are African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian-Pacific American or Asian-Indian American; and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of these owners.

MBE Resources available in the community:

Ohio MBE Certification;

https://das.ohio.gov/Divisions/Equal-Opportunity/Business-Certification/Minority-Business-Enterprise-MBE-Program

Business Certification- MBE Program

Ohio DAS, 4200 Surface Road

Columbus, Ohio 43228-5628

Phone: 614-466-8380
Fax: 614-728-5628
Email: das-eod@das.ohio.gov

City of Dayton Minority Contractors Business Assistance Program (MCBAP);  http://daytonhrc.org/procurement/

City of Dayton

Minority Contractors Business Assistance Center

371 West Second Street, Suite 100, Dayton, OH 45402-4956

Construction Specialist: 937.333.1033

Administrative Assistant: 937.333.1002

           

City of Dayton Human Relations Council; Call 937-333-1413 or fax 937-222-4589 or visit

http://daytonhrc.org/business-technical-assistance/certification/procurement-enhancement-program/

371 West Second Street, Suite 100, Dayton, Ohio 45402.

    B. WBE stands for Women Business Enterprise. A WBE is defined as a business concern that is at least 51% owned by one or more women and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of these owners.

WBE resources available in the community:

Ohio WBE Resources:

https://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_cert.htm

City of Dayton Human Relations Council:

http://daytonhrc.org/business-technical-assistance/certification/

 

US SBA WBE Resources:

https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/women-owned-small-business-federal-contracting-program

 

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

https://www.wbenc.org/certification/

     C. DBE stands for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. A DBE is defined as a "small business concern" by the Small Business Administration, that is at least 51% owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and the management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of these socially and economically disadvantaged owners. These firms are essentially the same as MBEs and WBEs except that the size of the firm is also a factor when determining its status. "DBE" is a federal term. Federally funded or federally-assisted projects use DBEs rather than MBEs and WBEs. The qualifying size of a firm depends on the type of industry.

DBE/SBE resources available:

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/ODI/SDBE/Pages/default.aspx

 SBA Certifications:

https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/8a-business-development-program

 

     D. The State of Ohio’s EDGE program provides an EDGE to small businesses by Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity in public contracting. EDGE is an assistance program for economically and socially disadvantaged business enterprises. To view a list of EDGE vendors: Visit the EDGE certification Web site at www.das.ohio.gov/EDGE for the latest list.

EDGE resources available:

https://das.ohio.gov/Divisions/Equal-Opportunity/Business-Certification/Encouraging-Diversity-Growth-and-Equity-EDGE-Program

 

GDPM also encourages Veteran Owned Businesses to bid on procurement opportunities. To gain more information about Veteran Owned Businesses and to obtain appropriate certifications, please visit following websites.

https://navoba.org/

https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-businesses-program

Section 3

The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low- or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods. If you live in government-assisted housing or if your household income falls below HUD's income limits, you may qualify as a Section 3 resident or Section 3 business concern.