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September Kicks-Off with a Home Run for Economic Inclusion and Collaboration

September 28, 2011

 

Economic Inclusion Forum Phase IISeptember 1st built on the success and attention of economic inclusion and collaboration for Northeast Ohio with the grand-opening of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the second highly-anticipated Northeast Ohio forum on economic inclusion.

 

The grand opening of the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center was held Thursday, September 1 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Wyndham Hotel Grand Ballroom, 1260 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland. The Cleveland office is one of 27 MBDA centers located throughout the U.S. and the only center in the State of Ohio. U.S. Senator Brown and Congresswoman Fudge will present a $1.125 million check representing a grant from the MBDA Division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, which will help fund the center for five years. 

 

Then, in the afternoon, the Northeast Ohio Economic Inclusion Forum Series, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 12, in collaboration with Senator Brown, the Cleveland Foundation, the Commission on Economic Inclusion and the Fund for Our Economic Future, hosted the second Northeast Ohio forum on economic inclusion from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Idea Center® at Playhouse Square, 1375 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. 

 

The invitation-only forum will bring together more than 150 of the region’s most influential nonprofit funders and C-level executives to take part in a working session that is focused on creating collaborative, actionable economic inclusion strategies that can be applied across public, private and nonprofit sectors. These efforts will result in better opportunities and new job creation for women, minorities and small businesses through 2012 and beyond.

“For families, business owners, recent college graduates and local leaders, economic opportunity should know no barriers,” Senator Brown said. “This forum is a part of a continued effort to eliminate the obstacles to economic growth by encouraging economic inclusion and job creation for women and minorities in Northeast Ohio.”

 

The fact that both events kick off the month of September will be a boon for the small business community. Certainly, it is a testament to collaborative engagement across the public, private and nonprofit sectors - and for the region. 

 

About The Minority Business Development Center 

The MBDA Business Center—Cleveland, Ohio is a collaborative initiative operated by the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the GCP. Joining the Commission as partners are the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), the GCP’s small business partner; JumpStart; the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the Northern Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council; Team NEO; and WECO Fund, Inc. For more information, visit mbda.gov.  

 

About The Northeast Ohio Economic Inclusion Forum Series

The Northeast Ohio Economic Inclusion Forum Series brings the region’s most influential public, private and nonprofit leaders together to leverage existing economic inclusion programs, ensuring that minority and women-owned enterprises receive continued access to business opportunities. For more information, visit synergyloyalty.com/economicinclusion.

 

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