The 2024 OhioMBE Awards, a hallmark event celebrating the achievements of Ohio’s top Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Female Business Enterprises (FBEs), Family-Owned, and Veteran businesses, will be held on October 24, 2024, at Huntington Park. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the awards, adding a special layer of significance to the celebration.

Collaboration with the Ohio Business Development Center (OBDC):

This year’s event is co-presented by the Ohio Business Development Center (OBDC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing essential support and resources to small businesses. The partnership between OhioMBE and OBDC underscores a shared commitment to fostering business excellence, diversity, and community empowerment.

Highlights of the 2024 OhioMBE Awards:

  1. Awards Categories:

    • Recognizing top-performing MBEs, FBEs, Family-Owned, and Veteran businesses.
    • Honoring community advocates who support small business growth.
  2. Keynote Speakers & Workshops:

    • Featuring distinguished speakers who will provide insights into business success and community impact.
    • Offering workshops designed to equip attendees with valuable knowledge and tools for business growth.
  3. Networking Opportunities:

    • An exceptional networking luncheon, providing attendees the chance to connect with business leaders, advocates, and peers.
  4. Nomination and Voting:

    • Nominations for the awards open on October 1, 2024.
    • People’s Choice Awards voting begins on October 15, 2024.
  5. Ticket Information:

    • Corporate Individual Ticket: $100
    • MBE/Small Business Ticket: $25
    • Corporate Table for 10: $1,000
    • Tickets available at buytickets.at/the912group

Sponsorship Opportunities:

OhioMBE and OBDC offer various sponsorship packages, allowing businesses to gain premium exposure at the event. Sponsorship benefits include logo displays, promotional video slots, keynote speaking opportunities, and more. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Ronda Watson Barber at rbarber@ohbdc.org.

Special Initiatives:

To celebrate a decade of excellence, the 2024 OhioMBE Awards will introduce new initiatives aimed at empowering up-and-coming entrepreneurs and fostering mentorship programs. These initiatives highlight the collaborative strength and mutual commitment of OhioMBE and OBDC to the business community.

Unified Branding and Promotion:

The event will feature a unified branding strategy that reflects the contributions of both OhioMBE and OBDC. Cross-promotion through various channels, including the OhioMBE newspaper, social media, and both organizations’ websites, will ensure broad visibility and engagement.


Join us in celebrating a decade of business excellence, community advocacy, and empowerment at the 2024 OhioMBE Awards. This partnership between OhioMBE and OBDC promises to make this year’s event a memorable and impactful celebration of diversity and business success in Ohio.

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit OhioMBEAwards.com.