Mayor to Participate in Ohio Municipalities Business Conference Next Week

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson will participate in the statewide Ohio Municipalities Business Conference & Expo in Columbus, Ohio on August 2nd and 3rd. Expected attendees include small, minority and women business owners, Ohio city leaders, procurement officers and diversity personnel who will discuss best practices to aid the growth of minority business enterprises.

Mayor Hicks-Hudson will participate in a Roundtable for Mayors, while Director of Diversity & Inclusion Calvin Brown will present during a workshop session. Director Brown and Commissioner of Purchasing Richard Jackson will also interact with attendees as exhibitors.

This first-time event intends to promote on a statewide basis the MBE-WBE outreach Mayor Hicks-Hudson has developed in Toledo in conjunction with the City’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion. For more information about doing business with the City of Toledo, prospective contractors and suppliers may contact Calvin Brown, Director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at 419-245-1563 or

City of Toledo MBE/WBE Certification

The City of Toledo, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, has a strategic Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certification process to encourage those businesses owned and controlled by minorities or women to get certified.

In order to be considered for MBE/WBE status, 51% of the company needs to be owned, controlled, and managed by a minority or woman .The 51% interest must belong to one of the following ethnic groups: Latino, Hispanic, Black, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, or Alaska Native. The following documentation is utilized to determine race/ethnic background: birth certificate, U.S. passport, U.S. military records or tribal role numbers assigned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs or other official documentation that states ethnic identification.

Firms must be in business one year prior to applying for MBE or WBE status.