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Source : ContractorNews.com
March 19, 2022
Author : Patty Rodriguez
Ohio has been taking a more proactive approach in getting businesses from historically marginalized communities involved in more public works contracts and procurement.
On March 2, 2022 the state's governor Mike DeWine signed into law Senate Bill 105. The new law requires that governmental agencies at the state level across Ohio recognize certified Minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs), Women-owned business enterprises (WBEs), and veteran-owned business enterprises (VBEs).
Erica Thompson, of the Columbus Dispatch, writes, “Businesses in Ohio can apply to be certified for free through the Ohio Department of Development. Prior to the legislation, they had to complete more time-consuming applications to get certified in other jurisdictions in the state where they planned to conduct business.”
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose explains that “Thanks to bipartisan leadership in the legislature, our bill to fight bureaucratic red tape and streamline the certification process for minority, women and veteran-owned businesses passed today.”
The changes help to streamline the involvement of disadvantaged businesses in state contracts; its expected to make it easier for marginalized businesses to go after various contracts in different parts of the state without facing piles of red tape and paperwork.