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Rep. Galonski applauds House passage of bill to create minority business enterprise reciprocity

Legislation removes barriers for minority-owned businesses
January 26, 2022
Tavia Galonski News

COLUMBUS– State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced the Ohio House’s unanimous passage of Senate Bill (SB) 105, which will create a statewide certification process for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and women- and veteran-owned businesses.

“I am proud to co-sponsor this important legislation that will support entrepreneurship in District 35 by eliminating unnecessary obstacles for minority-owned businesses and making contracts more accessible,” said Rep. Galonski.

This legislation will: 

Require that all current state-certified MBEs be recognized by all local governments in the state of Ohio;
Require that local governments also recognize businesses owned by women and veterans that have been certified by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS);
Allow MBEs to compete for and obtain public contracts throughout the state without having to be certified from every local government in which they operate.

The Ohio Senate unanimously passed SB 105 in June. The bill now heads to Gov. DeWine’s desk to be signed into law.