Minority  |  Minority Business Assistance Centers


For assistance, contact agent below

Monica Womack
Minority Business Development Division
(614) 728-0088

Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC)

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) Minority Business Development Division (MBDD) supports the growth and sustainability of small, minority-owned, and disadvantaged businesses in Ohio.

Supporting these businesses means providing them with resources that include technical and professional assistance, access to capital,  surety bonding, and connection to business opportunities through the assistance of the Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC). The Division leverages these resources to support the achievement of the state's 15% Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)set-aside goal, which is overseen by the Department of Administrative Services.

The Division works with entrepreneurs, and emerging business enterprises to help them achieve, scale, and market success. The overarching goal is to help small, minority-owned, and disadvantaged businesses contribute to job creation and economic growth in Ohio.

The Centers provide the following services:

  • Accounting assistance
  • Business management counseling
  • Completing federal, state and local certification applications
  • Contract procurement assistance
  • Estimating/Bidding assistance
  • Identifying local resources
  • Loan packaging assistance
  • Marketing plan development
  • Referrals to financial assistance programs

MBAC Frequently Asked Questions

Their primary goal is to identify emerging minority-owned businesses and cultivate their growth and sustainability. Professional MBAC staff work with owners of existing businesses, start-ups, certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), certified Encouraging Diversity Growth and Equity (EDGE) and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses.

These services are available without cost to businesses located throughout Ohio.

MBEs are defined as businesses that are at least 51 percent or more owned and controlled by one of the following groups: African American, Hispanic, Native American or Asian American.

Click here to apply for MBE certification.

EDGE certified businesses are defined as enterprises that are owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

Click here to apply for EDGE certification.


Schedule an Appointment

Contact your local Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) and schedule an appointment to meet with a trained business counselor. These services are available with no cost to businesses located throughout Ohio.

Jennifer Averi Frost, Director
Central Ohio Minority Business
Association (COMBA)
1393 East Broad Street, Floor 2
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: (614) 252-8005

Deborah R. Davis, Director
African American Chamber –
Greater Cincinnati/Northern
2945 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Phone: (513) 751-9900

RoShawn Winburn, Interim Director
City of Dayton c/o Human Relations Council
371 W. Second St., Suite 100
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Phone: (937) 333-1033

Jay Black, Jr., Director
University of Toledo
2145 East Scott Park Drive
Faculty Annex Bldg
Toledo, Ohio 43607
Phone: (419) 530-3345

Darrell Johnson, Director
Urban League of Greater Cleveland
2930 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Phone: (216) 622-0999 x210

Kimberly A. Irvin-Lee, Director
Akron Urban League
440 Vernon Odom Boulevard
Akron, Ohio 44307
Phone: (234) 542-4145

Cleveland Burton, Director
Greater Warren Youngstown Urban League
290 W. Market Street
Warren, OH 44481-1025
Phone: (330) 394-4316 x108