State programs help businesses

Level Up by Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity in public contracting

EDGE is an assistance program for economically and socially disadvantaged business enterprises.

The State of Ohio developed the program because it is committed to making all state contracts, services, benefits and opportunities available without discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or ancestry.

EDGE

Applying for Certifications:

To apply for the MBE, EDGE, WBE, and VBE programs, visit the Ohio Business Gateway electronic filing system.

State Tools for Business:

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

MBE / EDGE Business Tool Kit:

Tools to help you make the most of your MBE/EDGE certification. 

Encouraging Diversity Growth & Equity Program

Socially disadvantaged criteria

(Must meet one criterion below):

Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have at least one objective distinguishing feature that has significantly inhibited their business success, such as:

  • Race
  • Ethnic Origin
  • Gender
  • Physical/Mental Disability
  • Long-Term Residency in an environment isolated from mainstream Ohio society
  • Other objective relevant reason(s)

Economically disadvantaged criteria

(Must meet both criteria below):

Economically disadvantaged owners must meet the following thresholds:

  • Personal net worth of less than $750,000 at time of application.
  • Not exceed U.S. Small Business Administration small business size standards; and Based on NAICS Codes, could be average gross receipts or employees.
  • Adjusted gross income of $350K or less and $6 million or less in assets.

Steps to Certifcation

  1. Fill out new client form
  2. Contact MBAC office for documentation review prior to completing on-line application
  3. Visit Ohio Business Gateway
  4. Log in using username and password (OH|ID)
  5. Ensure “Equal Opportunity Division” is among available service areas
  6. Ensure “Unified Application” is among available transaction types
  7. Ensure filing access (read, edit, submit) is available — work with your account’s Gateway filing administrator
  8. Select “Unified Application” and complete the form
  9. Click “File” button on the Summary page to see a confirmation page (and print completed application)
  10. Submit supporting documentation as required to das-eod.bccu@das.ohio.gov.

Main Office

2303 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone: 513.751.9900
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Satellite Office

1862 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661
Working Remotely: Email
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Contact Us

Main Office:
Contact Form

Satellite Office:
Contact Form

MBAC Cincinnati © 2021 All Rights Reserved | Site created by Kenbur

State programs help businesses

Level Up by Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity

EDGE is an assistance program for economically and socially disadvantaged business enterprises.

The State of Ohio developed the program because it is committed to making all state contracts, services, benefits and opportunities available without discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or ancestry.

Applying for Certifications:

To apply for the MBE, EDGE, WBE, and VBE programs, visit the Ohio Business Gateway electronic filing system.

State Tools for Business:

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

MBE / EDGE Business Tool Kit:

Tools to help you make the most of your MBE/EDGE certification. 

Encouraging Diversity Growth & Equity Program

Socially disadvantaged criteria

(Must meet one criterion below):

Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have at least one objective distinguishing feature that has significantly inhibited their business success, such as:

  • Race
  • Ethnic Origin
  • Gender
  • Physical/Mental Disability
  • Long-Term Residency in an environment isolated from mainstream Ohio society
  • Other objective relevant reason(s)

Economically disadvantaged criteria

(Must meet both criteria below):

Economically disadvantaged owners must meet the following thresholds:

  • Personal net worth of less than $750,000 at time of application.
  • Not exceed U.S. Small Business Administration small business size standards; and Based on NAICS Codes, could be average gross receipts or employees.
  • Adjusted gross income of $350K or less and $6 million or less in assets.

Steps to Certifcation

  1. Fill out new client form
  2. Contact MBAC office for documentation review prior to completing on-line application
  3. Visit Ohio Business Gateway
  4. Log in using username and password (OH|ID)
  5. Ensure “Equal Opportunity Division” is among available service areas
  6. Ensure “Unified Application” is among available transaction types
  7. Ensure filing access (read, edit, submit) is available — work with your account’s Gateway filing administrator
  8. Select “Unified Application” and complete the form
  9. Click “File” button on the Summary page to see a confirmation page (and print completed application)
  10. Submit supporting documentation as required to das-eod.bccu@das.ohio.gov.

Main Office

2303 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone: 513.751.9900
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Satellite Office

1862 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661
Working Remotely: Email
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Contact Us

Main Office:
Contact Form

Satellite Office: 
Contact Form

MBAC Cincinnati © 2021 All Rights Reserved
Site created by Kenbur

State programs help businesses

Level Up by Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity

EDGE is an assistance program for economically and socially disadvantaged business enterprises.

The State of Ohio developed the program because it is committed to making all state contracts, services, benefits and opportunities available without discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or ancestry.

Applying for Certifications:

To apply for the MBE, EDGE, WBE, and VBE programs, visit the Ohio Business Gateway electronic filing system.

State Tools for Business:

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

MBE / EDGE Business Tool Kit:

Tools to help you make the most of your MBE/EDGE certification. 

Encouraging Diversity Growth & Equity Program

Socially disadvantaged criteria

(Must meet one criterion below):

Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have at least one objective distinguishing feature that has significantly inhibited their business success, such as:

  • Race
  • Ethnic Origin
  • Gender
  • Physical/Mental Disability
  • Long-Term Residency in an environment isolated from mainstream Ohio society
  • Other objective relevant reason(s)

Economically disadvantaged criteria

(Must meet both criteria below):

Economically disadvantaged owners must meet the following thresholds:

  • Personal net worth of less than $750,000 at time of application.
  • Not exceed U.S. Small Business Administration small business size standards; and Based on NAICS Codes, could be average gross receipts or employees.
  • Adjusted gross income of $350K or less and $6 million or less in assets.

Steps to Certifcation

  1. Fill out new client form
  2. Contact MBAC office for documentation review prior to completing on-line application
  3. Visit Ohio Business Gateway
  4. Log in using username and password (OH|ID)
  5. Ensure “Equal Opportunity Division” is among available service areas
  6. Ensure “Unified Application” is among available transaction types
  7. Ensure filing access (read, edit, submit) is available — work with your account’s Gateway filing administrator
  8. Select “Unified Application” and complete the form
  9. Click “File” button on the Summary page to see a confirmation page (and print completed application)
  10. Submit supporting documentation as required to das-eod.bccu@das.ohio.gov.

Main Office

2303 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone: 513.751.9900
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Satellite Office

1862 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661
Working Remotely: Email
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Contact Us

Main Office:
Contact Form

Satellite Office: 
Contact Form

MBAC Cincinnati © 2021 All Rights Reserved
Site created by Kenbur