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Office of Diversity
and Inclusion

1111 East Broad St. Suite 203 
Columbus, OH 43205 
Phone: (614) 645-4764 
Fax: (614) 645-6669 
Hours:  M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Supplier Diversity This area will help to provide you with information on a wide range of topics, including resources pertaining to minority business participation on City contracts and on becoming certified to do business with the City of Columbus. We invite you to visit regularly to learn more about the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the new strategies we will implement in the coming months.

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2017 Frederick J. Yates, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Diversity Business Award Recipient Congratulations to Rishi Bhanot, President of
Bear Environmental LLC

The award was created to honor the legacy of Frederick J. Yates, Jr., a long time minority business advocate, entrepreneur, and former City Director. Fred worked tirelessly to help every business owner whom he believed had “fire in the belly” - his phrase to describe the unrelenting drive to achieve the greatness within.

The awardee received full tuition to the Tuck Executive Education minority business program, “Building a High-Performing Minority Business”,
April 2-7, 2017 at Dartmouth College in
Hanover, New Hampshire.

CLICK HERE: to learn more about Rishi Bhanot, President of Bear Environmental LLC

PRESS RELEASE: The City of Columbus Awards 2017 Fred J. Yates Memorial Scholarship

Contract Compliance Registration

Contract Compliance Registration Contract Compliance Registration The City of Columbus, Mayor's Office of Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for ensuring that all contractors, including subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers who desire to be a party to a City of Columbus contract, as defined by Section 3901.01 of the Columbus City Code. - learn more

Business Certifications

Business Certifications The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers free gender and race-based certification. Becoming a certified M/FBE makes it easier to identify those ready, willing, and able to perform on city contracts . - learn more

Business Opportunity Assessment Program (BOAP)

Business Opportunity Assessment Program (BOAP) an enhancement to the certification process, the City of Columbus Office of Diversity and Inclusion has forged an unprecedented public-private partnership to address the primary concerns of small, minority, and women-owned businesses (SMWBE). - learn more

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Bid Opportunities Solicitations are shown along with the department requesting the goods or services and the solicitation due date. To view detail information click the appropriate solicitation number. When applicable click on the "Bid" link to details for a specific Solicitation. - learn more



The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers a variety of outreach activities to help businesses understand the City’s purchasing process and to provide technical assistance. - learn more

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ODI is responsible for the production of annual quarterly utilization reports to the Mayor and City Council.

2020 City Utilization Report

2019 City Utilization Report

2018 City Utilization Report

2017 City Utilization Report

2016 City Utilization Report

2015 City Utilization Report

2014 City Utilization Report

2013 City Utilization Report

Our office is mandated by city code to monitor, analyze and report minority, women, and veteran business enterprises utilization for all city departments, based upon city contract awards, contract payments, and vendor registration data.  

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Other City Programs and Services Related to Minority and Small Businesses


For a limited time, Citywide Training & Development is offering FREE professional development training seminars to qualified small businesses and their employees. A wide range of soft skills course are available!



Effective January 01, 2015, Only licensed construction trade subcontractors prequalified responsible or prequalified provisionally responsible may subcontract or perform on city construction service work.



Grants Management - Grants Management provides for the administration of HUD's environmental review requirements for all HUD grants received by the public housing authority and non-profit agencies.

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Department of Development M/WBE Information Meeting Over 70 Minority and Women-Owned businesses were represented during an M/WBE Information Meeting sponsored by the City of Columbus Department of Development and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion which took place on Friday November 17, 2017.  The event was held at the City of Columbus 25th Avenue Training Facility, and featured a mini trade fair with supplier diversity partners Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI), Homeport, Life Care Alliance, Smoot Construction and representatives from all contracting divisions within the Department of Development. Development Director Stephen Schoeny and Deputy Director Rory McGuiness both spoke to the importance of supplier diversity, and to the commitment of their Department to provide more opportunities to diverse suppliers.

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The 45th Annual NMSDC Conference October 22 - 25, 2017 marked the 45th annual National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference which was held in Detroit Michigan.  Over 6,000 minority suppliers attended the event, which included a business opportunity exchange with over 900 corporate exhibitors, quality diversity best practices workshops and an awards gala. ODI is a partner of the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council which hosted a reception during the Conference that was attended by a number of Columbus - based minority businesses.

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Columbus City Council: Small & Minority Business Committee

Public Hearing

CLICK HERE TO WATCH: The Small & Minority Business Public Hearing 11-28-16
The purpose of this hearing is to address changes to Title 39 of the Columbus City Code.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH: The Small & Minority Business Public Hearing 10-18-16
The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the committee’s recent and upcoming legislation, a disparity study for city contracting, and additional resources for small and minority businesses.