The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, along with state leaders and business owners, say they are working hard to continue to encourage more minority owned businesses in Ohio.
Ohio currently has 125,000 minority owned businesses. State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) says there are two pilot projects underway that involve collaboration between state and local governments, businesses and local communities of color to help more entrepreneurs get started.
“We can win collectively together if we pull all of our resources," West says.
The new pilot projects are working with JobsOhio, the state’s non-profit job creation company, and ELITE Americas, a British company that joined with the London Stock Exchange in making Cleveland the headquarters for its U.S. ventures.
JP Nauseef, president and CEO of JobsOhio, says 53,000 Ohioans are currently employed by minority owned businesses.