We serve the needs of Ohio’s small, minority & disadvantaged businesses.

Minority Business Assistance Center Cincinnati

Growth & Sustainability

The Minority Business Assistance Centers 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.

These services are available without cost to businesses located throughout Ohio and serve the needs of Ohio’s small, minority and disadvantaged businesses.

Client Driven Services

The needs of the client drive the MBAC experience. Our client services platform meets business owners where they are and customizes a plan of service that targets barriers and unlocks potential.

In-depth, client specific coaching and training is available. Services are administered via 1:1, team, and workshop formats.

These services are available without cost to businesses located throughout Ohio and serve the needs of Ohio’s small, minority and disadvantaged businesses.

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What we Offer Our Clients

Financial Services

  • Cash Management
  • Profitability Review
  • Sales & Cost Budgeting
  • Loans & Bonding Services

Marketing Services

  • Brand Assessment of Existing Materials
  • Creation of Capability Statements
  • Website Development

Business Assistance

  • Management Services
  • Technical Services
  • Business Skills
  • Training Contract Procurement

Certification Assistance

  • Minority Business Enterprise
  • Women Business Enterprise
  • Veteran-Friendly Business Enterprise
  • Encouraging Diversity Growth & Equity Program

Minority Business Assistance Center Cincinnati Success Story

AJL Group Roofing & Sheet Metal Owner Alma Cochran was able to make the connections that gave her business new opportunities through her work with her local Minority Business Assistance Center and getting certified with the state of Ohio!
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What Our clients are saying ...

We are here to cultivate growth and sustainability for our clients. Don't just take our word for it, see what our clients have to say.

Kristen Bailey, owner of Sweets & Meats BBQ Catering & Food Truck

“The Cincinnati MBAC is in the process of helping us obtain our State Certification. We have been working with Deborah to package our documents for the State of Ohio.”

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Michelle Starr, Owner of Be Brown Brave

“I benefited from following the AACC Director’s guidance in applying for certifications and experienced support in elevating my skills with social media.”

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Mr. Charles G. Sharp, CEO & Founder of Sharp Professional Painting

“MBAC has been a blessing. They’ve helped me tremendously from editing business documents to helping me maintain my certification. I will forever be grateful for your services.”

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Certification Resources

Applying for Certifications

Visit your local Cincinnati MBAC office for one-on-one guidance, document review and fast tracking or you can visit the Ohio Business Gateway electronic filing system.

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State Tools for Business

Information about starting, managing, and growing your business in Ohio.

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Certifications Tool Kit

Tools to help you make the most of your business certifications.

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Common Questions

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

MBEs are defined as businesses that are at least 51 percent owned and controlled for more than a year by an Ohio resident and U.S. citizen who belongs to one of the following ethnic groups: African American or Black, Asian, Latino, and Native American.

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

WBEs are defined as businesses that are 51 percent owned and controlled by a woman who is a U.S. citizen and has an established residency in the state of Ohio or a reciprocal state.

VFBEs must meet one of the these criteria: at least 10% of its employees are veterans or on active service; at least 51% of the applicant business is owned by veterans or persons on active service; if the applicant business is a corporation 51% of which is not owned by veterans or persons on active service, at least 51% of the board of directors must be veterans or persons on active service; the business is certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business or a Veteran-Owned Small Business and the owner(s) of the business meets the definition of veteran as defined in Ohio Administrative Code.

Yes, we have a satellite office at the Ohio State University Endeavor Center located in Piketon, Ohio. The primary focus of this office is in providing MBAC services to business in the Appalachian counties we serve across Southern Ohio.

You will need to complete the client intake form HERE. Once you have completed the client intake form you will receive a welcome letter from the MBAC Program Administrator informing you of the next steps in the process. You will be instructed to complete a Business Assessment Form and assigned a business counselor who will work with you on your journey of becoming state certified.

  • You can visit the ABOUT US page of our website.
  • You can call us at 513-751-9900 and speak with a Counselor who will be able to provide additional information to you.
  • You can visit our:
    Cincinnati office at 2303 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206; or our
    Piketon Office at 1862 Shyville Road, Piketon, OH 45661 513-475-7145

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