OLBC President Alicia Reece To Be Honored For Work Promoting Minority Business Inclusion
Cincinnati lawmaker to receive Top Elected MBE Advocate award
October 27, 2015
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Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece announced today that she has been selected to receive an award for her work in promoting minority inclusion in state contracts. Rep. Reece will receive the Top Elected MBE Advocate award at a ceremony on Wednesday.

“Minority businesses are an important and growing component of our state’s economic engine,” said Reece. “The MBE program helps connect minority businesses with state contracts, thereby creating jobs and diversifying the marketplace. I am honored to accept this award and look forward to working to further expand opportunities for minority entrepreneurs in our state.”

The state of Ohio this year met its Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification goals for the first time since the program was written into law over 30 years ago. In August it was announced that a record 19 percent of eligible goods and services were bought by the state last fiscal year through minority-owned businesses, spending a record $228.5 million. Ohio’s MBE program, established in 1980, mandates that state agencies purchase 15 percent of their annual goods and services from certified minority-owned businesses.

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