Senate District 28
Vernon Sykes
Sykes, Schuring Applaud Signing of Business Certification Reciprocity Bill
March 3, 2022
This week, Governor Mike DeWine signed into law Senate Bill 105, legislation introduced by state Senators Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) to require political subdivisions to recognize state certifications of minority business enterprises (MBEs), women-owned business enterprises (WBEs) and veteran-friendly business enterprises (VBEs).

 “Small businesses in Ohio have shown an incredible resiliency during the Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s crucial that we do all we can to support them and promote their success,” Sykes said. This legislation will make it easier for minority-owned businesses to access more opportunities, make doing business more efficient and boost the overall business climate in Ohio. I’m grateful for the support this legislation has received throughout the process, and I’m incredibly pleased that it will now become law.”

Senate Bill 105 allows MBEs to rely on their state MBE certification to be eligible to participate in local MBE programs. It would also allow MBEs to use their certification from the Department of Development for local government certifications throughout the state. This greatly simplifies the local MBE certification process, saving time, paperwork and fees for minority-owned businesses. It also allows MBEs to apply more easily for contracts around the state.

“I want to commend my longtime friend and colleague, Senator Sykes, for the leadership role he played in moving this bill forward,” Schuring said. “It is a good government bill that cuts bureaucratic red tape. Accordingly, it will improve the opportunities for minority owned businesses, including those owned by women and veterans.”

Additional information regarding Senate Bill 105 can be found here.
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