Free State and Federal Certification and Business Resources Seminar

Rio Grande, Ohio—The Jeanette Albiez Davis Library and the Emerson E. Evans School of Business at the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College will host a free State and Federal Certification and Business Resources Seminar on the Rio Grande Main Campus at Bob Evans Farms Hall between 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Organized and led by Marlene Fout, Business Counselor for the Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC) of Cincinnati, the event will detail MBAC-Cincinnati services and also feature presentations by representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Southern Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and the Workforce and Business Development Program. All of these agencies provide vital assistance to Ohio small, disadvantaged or minority businesses.

According to Fout, the two-hour seminar will lay out the steps local business owners can take to leverage certification and enhance the growth of their businesses. Participants will also gain a better understanding of all of the valuable and free business resources available in their communities to educate and support them in their entrepreneurial efforts.

The event in Rio Grande is one of thirteen similar seminars being offered throughout the southern Ohio Appalachian region. Owners and potential owners of Ohio small, disadvantaged or minority businesses are invited to learn about the opportunities available to help market their products or services to new audiences and increase their eligibility for prime state and federal government contracts.

Fout, who works out of the MBAC-Cincinnati’s satellite office located in Piketon, Ohio at The Ohio State University (OSU) South Centers’ Endeavor Center, serves residents of eleven Appalachian counties in Ohio (Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton). She encourages anyone wanting to learn more about MBAC program activities to contact her office at 800-297-2072, ext. 416.

The MBAC program is funded by the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) and is provided on a non-discriminatory basis. Seminar attendees requiring disability assistance may request special arrangements in advance.

Online registration for the upcoming free event at the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College may be completed at

For accommodations or more information, contact Amy R. Wilson, Director of the Jeanette Albiez Davis Library, at or 740-245-7382.