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Small Businesses Plan Transformational Growth with JobsOhio Small Business Grant Support

Cincinnati Region

CINCINNATI, OHIO – DECEMBER 14, 2021 – In the second and third quarter of 2021, 15 small businesses committed to adding 86 new jobs in Southwest Ohio with help from REDI Cincinnati and JobsOhio. These 15 businesses demonstrate the strength and resiliency of small businesses in the Cincinnati region. All 15 companies are growing due to several factors including generating new national customers, growth within their industry segments, and/or requiring new space for product creation or personnel. JobsOhio Small Business Grant (formerly known as Jobs Ohio Inclusion Grant) program was established in 2020 by JobsOhio with the goal of supporting underrepresented-owned businesses, including minority, veteran, and women-owned businesses, as well as disadvantaged communities.

Since the beginning of JobsOhio Small Business Grant, REDI Cincinnati has worked with 44 companies in Southwest Ohio. Other organizations in the region, including the Minority Business Accelerator and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, continue to be instrumental in connecting small businesses to opportunities like JobsOhio Small Business Grant.

Year to date includes companies in the financial services, manufacturing, and food science industries that committed to creating 86 new jobs and retaining 220 existing jobs with the support of $635,000 in grant funds.

JobsOhio Small Business Grant program remains open to eligible companies in Southwest Ohio. To qualify, a company must be owned by an underrepresented population – which includes race, ethnicity, gender, veterans, and those with disabilities – or must be in a qualified distressed community as defined by the Economic Innovation Group. Grant funding can be applied towards eligible costs that include fixed asset investment in machinery and equipment, real estate investments, and training costs, among other items.

“Even as the end of the pandemic approaches, its effects on small businesses still linger, especially for businesses located in distressed communities or owned by underrepresented populations,” said Brandon Simmons, REDI Cincinnati vice president of project management. “It’s estimated that the number of working African American and women business owners across the country dropped by more than 40 percent and 25 percent at the beginning of the pandemic, respectively. I’m encouraged by the success of minority and women-owned businesses in Southwest Ohio, which are benefitting from JobsOhio Small Business Grant program.

The grant is available for all five counties in Southwest Ohio in the Cincinnati region. The below 15 companies were awarded JobsOhio Small Business Grant in the second and third quarter of 2021.

For first-hand testimonials from our JobsOhio Small Business Grant Recipients, visit this link.

About JobsOhio
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention, and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership, and Team NEO. Learn more at Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

About REDI Cincinnati
The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati is the first point-of-contact for companies locating or growing in the 16-county region at the heart of southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana. REDI Cincinnati is supported by top business leaders and community partners and staffed by a team of economic development experts who are uniting the Cincinnati region to compete globally.

The future is bright, and we’re building it, right now.

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