MBP Resources and FAQ

The Minority Business Partnership is eager to answer any questions you may have. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive:

How do I certify my MBE?

Contact one of these resources to help certify your firm as an MBE:
The City of Dayton – Human Relations Council (HRC) – (937) 333-1403
The State of Ohio MBE/EDGE Certification – (614) 466-8380
Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) – (614) 225-6959

I’m looking for assistance with how to do business at WPAFB. Who should I contact?

Your first stop should be the Southwest Central Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center (SWCO PTAC).

How do I find a certified minority- or woman-owned business, or verify a business certification?

The City of Dayton – HRC provides access to these business certifications:

  • Procurement Enhancement Plan (PEP) – Includes certifications for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE); Small Business Enterprises (SBE); Women’s Business Enterprises (WBE); Dayton Local Small Businesses (DLSB)
  • HUD Section 3
  • State of Ohio Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Minority Business Enterprises (MBE)
  • State of Ohio Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE)

The State of Ohio Business Certification: Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program provides options to locate state certified businesses. Go to Quick Links > Certified Businesses to access options:

  • Locate MBE-certified businesses and download certificates
  • Locate EDGE-certified businesses and download certificates
  • Locate VBE-certified businesses

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Resources and Partners


Aileron helps private business owners understand where they want to go and apply sound business practices to help them get there.

Dayton Development Coalition
The Dayton Development Coalition (DCC) is a regional economic development and advocacy organization whose mission is to support job creation and prosperity for the citizens of the Dayton Region.

Dayton Human Relations Council
The City of Dayton’s Human Relations Council (HRC) Investigates and resolves complaints of unlawful discrimination in the areas of employment, public accommodations, housing, access for persons with disabilities, and credit transactions.

Minority Business Assistance Centers
Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC) provide a variety of business development services to new and existing business owners. Each Minority Business Assistance Center is staffed with certified business counselors that assist minority entrepreneurs with loan and bond packaging services, management, technical, financial and contract procurement assistance.

Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council
The South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) is raising the bar for minority businesses and corporate America through sustainable strategies.

The Entrepreneurs Center
The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) provides one-stop business assistance to a variety of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Procurement Enhancement Program
The Procurement Enhancement Program (PEP) establishes aspirational goals to overcome barriers identified in the Disparity Study for minority-owned, woman-owned, small and local companies. These goals serve to enhance the percentage of minority-owned, woman-owned, small and local companies working with the City of Dayton over the next 10 years. Click here to view the PEP Certification List.

State of Ohio:

Minority Business Assistance Centers
The MBAC offices provide one-on-one counseling to new and existing business owners.

Minority Business Bonding Program
Eligible businesses must be certified by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Equal Opportunity Coordinator as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).  To be eligible for this program, the business must have been denied a bond by two surety companies within the current fiscal year; the project must be economically sound; and the minority business must not have defaulted on a previous bond issued by the Ohio Department of Development.

Minority Business Enterprise Unit
The MBE Unit has the responsibility for implementing the State of Ohio’s minority business set-aside program making them eligible to participate in the state’s set aside program, as well as assisting state agencies with the selection of set aside contracts, maintaining a list of certified minority business enterprises, monitoring program compliance, and conducting research & reporting. This unit also issues minority and small business certifications in the State of Ohio.

Ohio Third Frontier Entrepreneurial Services Provider Program
The Ohio Third Frontier Entrepreneurial Services Provider Program (ESP) is structured to significantly increase the technology-based entrepreneurial commercialization outcomes. The Dayton Area Chamber’s Minority Business Partnership is a local partner for ESP, working with The Entrepreneurs Center. Learn more here.

Small Business Development Center
The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps people start, sustain and grow their businesses


Financing Options
A frequent obstacle to minority and small business expansion and growth is the lack of capital. The Office of Minority Business Financial Incentives administers loan and bond programs that promote the growth and establishment of minority and small enterprises in Ohio. OMFI administers the Capital Access Program, Minority Direct Loan Program, The Ohio Mini-Loan Guarantee Program and the Minority Business Bond Program.

Capital Access Program
Encourages lending by establishing a unique loan “guarantee” reserve pool at the lending institution. The state, the lender and the borrower each make a small contribution into the pool. The reserve pool is available to the lender for recovery of any losses they may have for any loan that is enrolled in the Capital Access Program.

EDGE Program
The State of Ohio is committed to making all state contracts, services, benefits and opportunities available to businesses without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or ancestry.  The Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)/Encouraging Diversity, Growth & Equity (EDGE) is designed to facilitate access to state government contracts and business services for EDGE certified businesses. The EDGE program establishes goals for state agencies in awarding contracts to certified EDGE businesses. EDGE procurement contracts apply to: goods and services, professional services, information technology services, construction, architecture and engineering.