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Minority Business Development Division
(614) 466-5700

Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC)


The Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) partners with community-based non-profit organizations to host regional Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC). The centers serve the needs of Ohio's small, minority and disadvantaged businesses. The centers provide important services including technical assistance, professional consulting, access to capital and assistance obtaining contract opportunities. A primary objective of the program is to identify emerging businesses and cultivate their growth and sustainability. The realization of this objective will strengthen the minority business community, support job creation and further economic growth in Ohio. 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. 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. EDGE certified businesses are defined as enterprises that are owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

For Whom

The Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBACs) provide MBE and EDGE entrepreneurs with management, technical, financial and contract procurement assistance in addition to loan and bond packaging services. These services are available without cost to businesses located throughout Ohio.


Minority Business Assistance Centers provide minority firms with 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

How to Apply

Please 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

Anthony Barwick, Director
African American Chamber –
Greater Cincinnati/Northern
2945 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Phone: (513) 751-9900

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

Portia Ash, 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