Resources For Minority-Owned Businesses

Resources For Minority-Owned & Women-Owned Businesses

Resources For Minority-Owned Businesses | Rea & Associates | Ohio CPA FirmThe 2019 State of Women-Owned Business Report found that the number of women-owned businesses climbed to nearly 13 million, representing 42 percent of all businesses in the United States. Women-owned businesses employ 9.4 million workers and generate $1.9 trillion in annual revenue. As of September 10, 2019 minorities own almost 30 percent of America’s businesses, which employ 7.2 million Americans and generate over $1 trillion a year in revenue.

Read on for a list of resources for minority-owned and women-owned businesses.


Business Resources

Support For Women Business Owners

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The following resources highlight organizations and resources primarily found in Ohio. There is a wealth of other resources available to you from a national and international level as well. Don't hesitate to reach out to your Rea advisor for assistance in finding the best resource for your specific needs.

  • The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – Founded in 1975, NAWBO represents the fastest-growing segment of the economy – women-owned businesses. There are two chapters in Ohio, one in Cleveland and the other in Columbus. Click here to learn more.
  • Business Enterprise Certifications – The City of Columbus through the Diversity and Inclusion Supplier Diversity offers Minority, Women, and Veteran Business Enterprise Certifications. These certifications make it easier to identify those ready and able to perform on city contracts. Click here to learn more.
  • Office of Women’s Business Ownership, part of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), helps to enable and empower women business owners through a variety of resources and support. Click here to learn more.
  • The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) – provides women-owned business certifications and is a leading advocate for women businesses. Click here to learn more.
  • International Association of Women – A global network for women in business with researches to enhance their business, career, and personal goals. Click here to learn more.
  • Women Business Leaders' Resource Center through SCORE offers women a resource center with tips, guides, and success stories to help address their needs and challenges. Click here to learn more.
  • Ladies Who Launch is a platform that helps women launch and grow successful companies by connecting them with women entrepreneurs. Click here to learn more.
  • she owns it empowers women to share their success stories by writing them down. Click here to learn more.
  • Female Entrepreneur Associate is an online resource that connects women to inspire and empower them to build successful businesses. Click here to learn more.
  • [PODCAST] Women Who Startup is a podcast that celebrates, connects, and empowers women who have started their own business and so much more. Click here to learn more.
  • Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) helps and develops women’s leadership to strengthen the economy of the communities they serve. There is a chapter in Columbus and one in Cleveland.
  • Women’s Business Centers of Ohio are located in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati and they guide women at any stage in the business process. Click here to learn more.
  • The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) provides various programs and services to assist women’s business ownership. Click here to learn more.

Support For Minority Business Owners

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The following resources highlight organizations and resources primarily found in Ohio. There is a wealth of other resources available to you from a national and international level as well. Don't hesitate to reach out to your Rea advisor for assistance in finding the best resource for your specific needs.

  • Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC) Program – 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. There are many chapters/leagues throughout Ohio. Click here to learn more.
  • Encouraging Diversity, Growth, and Equity (EDGE) Program is designed to assist socially and economically disadvantaged businesses in obtaining state government contracts in the following areas: construction, architecture and engineering; professional services; goods and services; and information technology services. Click here to learn more.
  • The Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program – Through the DBE program, socially and economically disadvantaged small business owners are given a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts. Click here to learn more.
  • The 8(a) Business Development Program is a program developed by the SBA as a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. Click here to learn more.
  • Small Business Administration was created to provide researches for small business owners with a variety of researches for minority-owned and women-owned businesses. Click here to learn more.
  • Minority Business Development Division works with entrepreneurs and emerging business enterprises to help them achieve scale and market success. Click here to learn more.
  • Minority Business Development Agency is the only federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises. Click here to learn more.
  • GrantWatch lets business owners what government and foundation grants are currently available, this includes grants for women-owned and minority-owned businesses. Click here to learn more.
  • SBDCNet is the official National Information Clearinghouse of the U.S. Small Business Administration. They provide business research and information for small businesses with resources available for women-owned and minority-owned businesses. Click here to learn more.
  • The Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Equal Opportunity Division is set up to support and ensure equal opportunities for Ohioans and fair treatment in government contracting and state employment. Click here to learn more.

Thoughts About DEI From The Rea Team

Desiree Lyon | Podcast Guest | Ohio Business Podcast

The team at Rea & Associates is committed to helping all business owners, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation find business success and financial stability. The following list includes some thoughts on a variety of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you have questions about these resources, please reach out to a member of the Rea team today.

Blog Posts

It's Time For Pay Equality – A gender-based pay gap is still found in workplaces across the country. Find out how you can help end wage discrimination. Click here to read more.

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Will Your Company Still Be Relevant Tomorrow? – When was the last time you examined your business and the qualities that make it relevant in today’s marketplace? If it’s been a while (or never) keep reading for some great insight. Click here to learn more.


Podcast Episodes

Girls & Glass Ceilings: The Gender Gap – Listen to Lesley Mast dissect society's gender gap - specifically in the workforce. Click here to learn more.

How To Embrace Diversity In The Workplace – Find out how embracing diversity and inclusion in the workplace can strengthen your company’s culture … and bottom line. Click here to listen to the episode. 

My Generation's Better Than Yours – This generation is the best. Listen to this episode to find out why.

Mastering The Un-Managable Magic Of Millennials – Human resources professionals, among many others, spend a lot of time analyzing the generational qualities of the population. Listen to this episode to find out why millennials appear to be so different from those that came before.

Get Unstuck: Breaking Down The Affinity Bias Culture In Your Business – Your comfort zone is holding you back and you might not even know it. This episode of unsuitable on Rea Radio tackles affinity biases we all have and how to overcome them. Click here to listen now.

Defining The Future Of Leadership – Jobs, and the skills people need to do these jobs, are changing. Maureen Metcalf, founder of the Innovative Leadership Institute explains. Click here to listen now.


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We are always on the lookout for additional resources to help promote the advancement of minority-owned and women-owned businesses. If you would like to help us add to this list, please click here to send us a message and include the resource you would like us to include on this page, the website URL, and additional information about who the resource serves and how it can make a difference.