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Northwest Branch Library to Host the Human Relations Council 2023 Small Business Opportunity Forum

The Dayton Human Relations Council is pleased to present a series of signature outreach engagement activities throughout the year! The first upcoming event is the 2023 Small Business Opportunity Forum at the Northwest Branch Library, 2410 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45406, on Thursday February 16, from 9:00am – 1:00pm, with registration starting at 8:30am. Refreshments will be provided.

The goal of this forum is to give local businesses the opportunity to meet project decision makers, learn about and apply for certification at the city, state, and federal level, and network with prime contractors, City of Dayton departments, and community partners who may be seeking subcontractors for upcoming projects.

This is a free forum that is designed to engage small business owners in the construction and goods and services industry with the City of Dayton’s four major departments: Public Works, Planning, Water, and Aviation. The departments will introduce upcoming construction projects and procurement opportunities.

The Business and Technical Assistance Center will also share information about another signature outreach engagement event, the 2023 “Passport to Success Program.” This monthly event is designed to work with small businesses in a variety of areas to expand the capacity building opportunities for underrepresented groups to ensure their success in the PEP program. Monthly workshops will include topics such as:

  • Business management counseling

  • Completing federal, state, and local certification applications

  • Contract procurement assistance • Estimating/Bidding assistance • Marketing plan development

  • Referrals to financial assistance programs.

Finally, the Business & Technical Assistance Team is very excited to announce that there will also be a presentation from one of our newest partners, Mastercard. They will be giving away free square devises and providing a tutorial for any businesses that attend the session. The Human Relations Council BTA team is partnering with Mastercard to roll out a free Digital Doors cohort for 2023 designed to help businesses become more effective online marketers.

Registration available through Eventbrite:

Contact: Michael Perry, Human Relations Council, 937-333-1430


The more residents that get involved in their community, the better the City of Dayton will be.

The Human Relations Council offers opportunities for individuals and organizations to

make an impact and promote equality and harmony in Dayton, Ohio.

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