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Equal Opportunity

It is the mission of the Equal Opportunity Division to serve, support, and find solutions for Ohioans by ensuring equal opportunity to and fair treatment in government contracting and state employment. The Division strives to achieve its mission by implementing and enforcing the state’s affirmative action and equal employment opportunity policies, and implementing and monitoring the state’s procurement preference programs for minority-owned, women-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses.

Leadership Team
Gregory L. Williams, Deputy Director and State EEO Coordinator
Bobbi Bell, Program Administrator

Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Unit
Felicia Godbolt, Program Manager

MBE/EDGE Business Certification Unit
Todd McGonigle, Program Manager

MBE/EDGE Research and Reporting Unit
Cassandra Sellan, Program Administrator

Construction Compliance Unit

Pam Osborne, Assistant Deputy Director and Program Manager

Featured Events

Strengthening Ohio Minority Businesses

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Partnership

As part of continuing efforts to increase the number of businesses certified through the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) programs, the Equal Opportunity Division (EOD) is pleased to announce that, effective February 29, 2016, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), which are administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA), have agreed to counsel businesses on the MBE and EDGE certification process and to pre-process applications.

Businesses seeking MBE and EDGE certification may be eligible to have their application processed faster than the standard-certification process by submitting their application through a PTAC. (This process is similar to the MBE/EDGE application process that is performed by the DSA Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC).) To qualify for expedited processing, the applicant must (1) submit the application through a PTAC and (2) have a pending contract award that requires certification or be a candidate in need of financing or bonding where certification is a requirement.

EOD is excited about this new partnership with the PTACs and is confident that the wealth of knowledge and experience that both PTACs and MBACs offer will be a great benefit to MBE- and EDGE-certified businesses.

Click the image above to contact a PTAC near you to start the certification process!

City of Cincinnati, State of Ohio sign reciprocal agreement

Agreement allows state certified MBEs into DEI Program


Click the image above for video of Jan. 11, 2016 interview.

Pictured (from left): Host Thomas Corey, director of the City of Cincinnati's Department of Economic Inclusion; Gregory L. Williams, deputy director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services' Equal Opportunity Division and state EEO coordinator; Terry Bolden, administrator of the Office of Outreach in the Ohio Department of Transportation's Division of Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Anthony Barwick, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency's Minority Business Assistance Center in Cincinnati.