August is Black Business Month!

Greetings Central Ohio!

August is Black Business Month and ironically, we entered this month learning of ongoing disparity in contracts from the region's largest public agency, the City of Columbus.

Last month we said, "our path to economic independence includes the bridges of opportunity built on the backs of our entrepreneurial leaders. The grind, the side hustle, the entrepreneurial spirit is in our DNA."

As Columbus goes, so does the region. This Black Business Month we implore Mayor Andrew Ginther, Council President Shannon Hardin, and the rest of the City government to do their part to help us build bridges of opportunity. We have sent this letter to City Officials and encourage you to let your voice be heard as well - shoot an email to the City and copy us on it: .

If you missed last week's email regarding the Disparity Study, click here to view our Executive Summary . Click here to download an excel version of the data .

Be Well Central Ohio,
Averi Frost
Executive Director
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COAACC Community Calendar

Did you know that we post events for free to our website's community calendar? Email us your event details to be included.
Upcoming COAACC Events:
  • 8/11: Lunch with COAACC
  • 8/28: COAACC Classroom (see below)
  • 8/28: Get to Know the General Contractors (OSU Edition!)

COAACC Classroom presented by KeyBank
Cracking The Code To Six-Figure Profits By Learning
How To Sell Strategically

Do you desire to charge more for your products and services because this will allow you to build a six figure plus business, but the fear of losing customers continues to get in your way? 
If you ever felt this way, then what you are experiencing is doubt about whether or not the value that you bring to the table is worth the time and energy you give to changing people’s lives.
In this interactive presentation,  Shaniece M. Wise , Certified Business Expansion Coach & Strategist, unveils “three shifts” you need to make immediately, in order to become more confident in your selling ability and to be paid what you deserve. 
Community Events
Recognizing the 1619 arrival of 20 enslaved Africans at Point Comfort in the English colony of Virginia. 
The 3rd Annual Columbus Black International Film Festival
The acclaimed film festival will be held August 22-25, 2019! For partnership opportunities and tickets please their website .
Columbus Regional Airport Authority Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Outreach Meeting
August 28: Public outreach meeting to review proposed triennial Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) goal for fiscal years 2020-2022. Click here for details .
Respect the Hustle Conference
This inaugural conference will take place September 20-21, 2019 at Haven Collective. The conference theme is "Level Up the Hustle" and topics will help business owners take their brands to the next level. Click here for tickets.
To view more events happening in Central Ohio, click here .