Minority-Owned Businesses Thrive in Cleveland Plus

The Cleveland Plus region is devoted to ensuring that citizens from all walks of life have access to the valuable training they need to enter the skilled workforce and succeed. Organizations such as the Cleveland Urban League and the Akron Urban League demonstrate this commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in the workforce by providing hands-on training, job readiness programs and technology training. With workforce development initiatives ranging from Clevelandintern.net which matches aspiring student interns with Northeast Ohio corporations, to Corporate College, a division of Cuyahoga Community College, which offers training for individuals, small businesses, corporate industries and the greater professional community, our workforce is well-prepared to meet your needs.

In addition, Cleveland Plus is home to more than 25 institutions of higher learning, ranging from some of the country’s top private universities to high-rated community colleges and technical schools. Our universities award more than 26,000 degrees annually and our community colleges and technical schools regularly enroll more than 50,000 students each year. From up-and-coming executive management personnel to skilled technical workers, Cleveland Plus offers your business access to a labor force of the best and brightest.

Your Business + Our Regional Economic Development Initiatives The Cleveland Plus region is home to several regional economic development partners who are devoted to helping minority businesses grow.

Organizations Include:

  • Commission on Economic Inclusion
  • Hispanic Business Association
  • JumpStart Inc.
  • Minority Business Accelerator 2.5+
  • MWV Pinnacle Fund
  • Northern Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (NOMSDC)
  • The Presidents’ Council
  • Urban Leagues with business support and small business enterprise divisions (Cleveland, Akron, Lorain, Canton, Warren)

Your Business + Our Commitment to Civic Involvement

The Cleveland Plus region is a great place to get involved and advance your company. Between serving on the boards of nationally renowned non-profit organizations and serving as a mentor for a student in your field, Cleveland Plus offers an unprecedented opportunity to engage in civic involvement with a diverse community. Our highly regarded professional networks and human capital development connect civic-minded individuals with business and community enhancement opportunities that can take their business to new heights.

In the Cleveland Plus region you can find…

  • Regional leadership opportunities for the emerging, current and experienced professional
  • Professionals of all ages and experience levels can engage in and lead community groups
  • One of the nation’s most philanthropic communities
  • More than 25 young professional groups

Northeast Ohio Businesses Committed to Supplier Diversity

With nearly a dozen Fortune 500 companies and businesses of all shapes and sizes, Northeast Ohio offers a dynamic economy that is constantly growing. Imagine all the partnerships you can form in Cleveland Plus.

“Diversity in our workplace, community outreach, and in our suppliers/vendors is every Key employee’s responsibility. Diversity is a corporate priority. An inclusive and collaborative environment helps our businesses and communities grow and prosper.”
Henry L. Meyer III, Chairman and CEO, KeyCorp
(Key ranks #33 in DiversityInc magazine’s 2008 Top 50 Companies for Diversity; Key is one of only two Ohio-headquartered companies to achieve this distinction.)

“As one of the largest business law firms in Northeast Ohio, we are committed to diversity and our supplier diversity initiative helps solidify that commitment.”
April Miller Boise, Partner-in-Charge, Cleveland,
Thompson Hine LLP

Your Business + State Sponsored Initiatives and Incentives

The Cleveland Plus Region benefits from exciting economic development initiatives administered by the Ohio Department of Development. This department offers companies direct financial assistance in the form of low-interest loans, grants, bonds and state tax incentives, as well as assistance with employee training and infrastructure development. From small, entrepreneurial businesses to large corporations, the Department’s Strategic Business Investment Division provides business owners and executives with the information and support they need to make informed, critical decisions on location, infrastructure, job creation and retention, training and financial assistance.

As Ohio’s lead facilitator of the minority business industry, the Minority Business Enterprise Division assists in the creation, growth, and development of minority business enterprises. Ohio’s minority business development organizations work to focus and leverage resources for minority business owners in their respective areas, and strengthen the state’s minority business community by providing various services and resources to its members. The Minority Business Direct Loan Program aggressively supports minority businesses.

  • Minority Business Direct Loan Program
  • The Ohio Capital Access Program
  • Minority Business Bonding Program
  • Minority Contractors and Business Assistance Program

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Minority Business Enterprise Division
(614) 466-5700

Ohio Third Frontier

Strategic Business Investment Division
(614) 466-4551