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For the first time, Ohio hits target for minority business purchases
State agencies spent a total of $228.5 million with minority businesses
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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State agencies spent a total of $228.5 million with minority businesses
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Ohio’s agencies are buying more goods and services from minority-owned businesses these days. In fact, as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the state has exceeded its goal.

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The Minority Business Enterprise program requires state agencies to set aside 15 percent of their spending for purchases from certified minority owned businesses. This year marks the first time since the set aside was created back in 1980 that the state has met that goal. Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor says state agencies spent a total of $228.5 million with minority businesses during the last fiscal year.

“So clearly we have not only met the 15 percent goal at this point, we have exceeded it.”

Taylor says 19 percent of the spending in state agencies went to minority owned businesses. Leaders of minority communities say this is good news because it not only helps those business owners but also creates new jobs for many minorities who live in their communities.

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