The 2022 Top Legislator Award will be presented to State Representative Mark Fraizer. He serves the constituents in Ohio’s 71st House District, which includes portions of Licking County. Fraizer has worked on several issues that impact minority owned businesses. He has worked across to aisle to streamline the minority business certification process. Additionally, during the COVID pandemic and through the program’s transition from the Department of Administrative Services to the Department of Development, 354 MBEs’ certifications expired. Many didn’t receive the expiration notice. DOD officials expect the businesses to reapply instead of extending their expiration dates. OhioMBE publisher Ronda Watson Barber contacted Fraizer concerned about the issue. He made inquiries. He also scheduled and met with officials in the Department of Development. Although the issue isn’t resolved, he was the only official at the Statehouse to look into the matter and respond back to me.
The OhioMBE Awards networking luncheon will be held on Oct 27 in the Club Bar at Huntington Park. OSU football great Cornelius Green will be the keynote speaker. We will celebrate his 50 years of Ohio State Football. Tickets available at https://buytickets.at/the912group
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