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Equal Business
Opportunity Office

1393 East Broad St. 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43205 
Phone:  (614) 645-4764 
Fax:  (614) 645-6669 
Hours:   M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Additional City Contacts

Welcome to EBO Our website 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 EBO and the new strategies we will implement in the coming months.

Letter From the Director

Letter from the Director Under the leadership of Mayor Michael Coleman, EBO continually strives to live up to the goals of Columbus Covenant. Our principle goal is to provide access to opportunities for small, minority and women owned businesses.  The rationale for that goal is the acknowledgement that minority and women owned businesses are an important economic engine creating jobs or opportunities for many of our residents.                     - learn more

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Frederick J. Yates, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Minority Business Award

Please Join Us In Congratulating City of Columbus Certified Minority Business Enterprise

Haleema Shafeek, Owner-Designer
Green Office Furniture Solutions, LLC

as The Frederick J. Yates Memorial Scholarship Minority Business – 2015 Award Recipient

CLICK HERE: To Learn More About Haleema Shafeek and Green Office Furniture Solutions


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How To Do Business with The City of Columbus

Learn how quick and easy it is to get your business ready, willing, and able to perform on city contracts.

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How to do business with the City of Columbus - Guide

Contract Compliance Registration

Contract Compliance Registration Contract Compliance Registration The City of Columbus, Equal Business Opportunity Office 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, must h - learn more

Business Certifications

Business Certifications EBO 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

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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



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

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

View List of  Certified Section 3 Businesses

View  Section 3 Forms  to apply for certification



NEW LOCATION! The Columbus Model Neighborhood Facility
1393 E Broad Street 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH, 43205
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Thank you for Visiting We also encourage the entire business community to take of advantage EBO's advocacy and expertise and welcome your comments and suggestions