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OBDC Planroom

Urgent Support Needed: Sustaining Minority Business Empowerment in Ohio Facing a Critical Challenge

The Ohio Business Development Center (OBDC), a cornerstone in supporting minority businesses in Ohio, is currently facing a significant challenge. Due to the loss of funding from the City of Columbus, our vital programs and services are at risk. For over five years, OBDC has been a lifeline for minority businesses, especially in the construction industry. Now, more than ever, we need your support to continue being a beacon of empowerment and opportunity in the community. Your donation is not just a gift; it's an investment in the economic growth and success of minority businesses in the Black community.

Empowering Contractors and Material Suppliers in Central Ohio's Construction Boom

As Central Ohio experiences a historic construction boom, OBDC, led by Ronda Watson Barber, plays a crucial role in connecting contractors and construction material suppliers with significant opportunities. Through our strong partnerships with top construction companies in the region, we provide access to major project engagements, helping to drive growth and success in the minority business community.

The Planroom: A Hub for Opportunities and Networking

Our Planroom has been the heart of construction opportunities and networking for minority businesses. It's a comprehensive platform where businesses can access project plans, bids, and connect with key industry players, fostering growth and success in the booming construction sector.

Who We Are: Advocates for Minority Business Success

Founded by Ronda Watson Barber, OBDC is a testament to the power of dedication and commitment to minority businesses in Ohio. We offer unmatched resources, educational programs, and networking events, all designed to bridge the gaps and challenges faced by small and minority-owned businesses.

Why Your Support is Crucial

Without OBDC, minority businesses face the risk of losing access to essential resources and networks. Your support ensures that we can continue guiding these businesses towards success, helping them overcome challenges such as limited access to financing and fewer networking opportunities.

Our Services

  • Certification Support: Assisting businesses in obtaining WBE, MBE, and LEDE certifications.
  • Business Education: Workshops, seminars, and courses for business success.
  • SBLA@OBDC: Specialized legal support and resources.
  • Construction Planroom: Access to construction project plans and bids.

To learn more and to support our mission, please visit OHBDC.org. Your contribution makes a difference.


501(c)(3) Public Charity · EIN 46-3350000