Dec 5, 2012

Urban League SBDC Wins Two State Awards

Congratulations to the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati which took home not one but TWO peer recognition awards for outstanding performance during the past year!   The awards were given out November 27, 2012, at a ceremony in Dublin, Ohio. The first accolade went to the Center itself when it won the "2012 Ecomic Impact Award for Overall High Performance by a District."  The Urban League's SBDC is part of District 5 in Ohio, that also includes two other SBDCs, one at BizTech in Hamilton, and the other at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, Shelia Mixon, Director of the SBDC and Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Urban League received the "Collaboration Award" that recognizes the top individual in the state who creates and strengthens a collaborative relationship of partnerships with other organizations with a goal of gorowing businesses in the communities they represent.

"We won the "Economic Impact Award" as a district because we do a good job  of making sure we achieve all of the goals established for the year.  If one SBDC is falling a bit short in its piece of the goals, the other two centers pick up the slack and together we do what is needed to provide the resouces businesses in the community require to thrive and grow."

Dixon herself was actually nominted twice for the "Colaboration Award" for two different projects.  She won for helping to bring a new SBDC to the region in Warren County.

On her personal award Dixon remarked, "We identified a need in the community for an additional SBDC.  BizTech in Hamilton used the Jobs Act to create a pilot program there, and when it the new SBDC opens in January there will be 23 organizations in the Country partnering with the Center to provide the same high quality of services the other three SBDCs in the district are already providing."

Nov 18, 2012

Construction Connections:

An Urban League Job Training Program That Works.  

  • Construction Connections is an eight-week Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program designed to prepare participants for a career in the construction industry.
  • The progr
    am is a collaboration between the Urban League and Allied Construction Industries and focuses on soft skill development as well as technical instruction.
  • Upon completion of the 172-hour program each student is equipped with: a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Curriculum Certificate, Registration in the NCCER's National Registry, Bobcat Certification, and OSHA 10.

Results 2010-2011
  • 102 People Enrolled in the Program
  • 94 Men and Women Graduated (92% Completion Rate)
  • 81 Individuals Employed (86% Placement Rate)
A BIG thanks to the Ohio Department of Transportation for funding this program.

Nov 12, 2012


Children need many skills and tools in life to grow and succeed. The Urban League recognizes that one organization cannot meet all the needs that children have. So in our AFTER SCHOOL LEAGUE, we stick to the basics to bolster academic success and prepare students for life from South Avondale, Rockd...
ale Academy and Woodward Career Technical High School. We provide free tutoring in math and reading, we serve as positive adult role models and we interact with each child on a one-on-one basis. And we provide each student with the opportunity to be a kid--to play games, to be active, and to create through art and other media.

The numbers: In just the last year alone we helped 444 students, providing 1,422 hours of individual tutoring and another 985 hours of group tutoring.

FACT--"Children living in poverty, without financial resources and who are also struggling to read, are less likely to graduate, putting them in “double jeopardy.” For children who were poor for at least one year and not reading on grade level in third grade, more than one-quarter (26 percent) didn’t finish high school – a rate that is six times higher than that for proficient readers" --Annie E. Casey Foundation Study.

The Urban League believes EVERY child is special, and by providing these 444 children with a little EXTRA attention we have the ability to affect a REAL impact on the rest of their lives.

Jul 18, 2012

President Obama to Address the National Urban League Conference

On Wednesday, July 25, President Obama will address the 2012 National Urban League Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This is incredible news for the National Urban League.

In 2014, the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati will host the National Urban League Conference.

Feb 29, 2012

Mayor Mallory's 7th Annual Youth Jobs & Opportunities Fair

All young adults ages 16 to 24, recent and soon to be college graduates are encouraged to attend Mayor Mallory's 7th Annual Youth Jobs & Opportunities Fair on Thursday, March 29th from 2:00pm until 6:00pm at the Duke Energy Center Exhibit Hall A - Level 1, located at 525 Elm Street. Get dressed in your business casual attire and be prepared to meet with local community organizations and employers who will share information on education, training, and employment opportunities. For questions and additional information call (513) 352-3649.

Feb 28, 2012

Feb 7, 2012

Secretary of State, Jon Husted recognizes SBDC client

The Urban League's Small Business Development Center nominated it's client OCG Telecom as a minority business to the Secretary of State for Black History month. Click the link to read the story:

Jan 12, 2012

Urban League Announces Plans for February 3rd Annual Meeting

The Urban League plays a vital role in empowering a vibrant community and our Annual Meeting gives us the opportunity to share our success with you. We want you to be apart of the interactive fun as you hear about our new Strategic Plan. You also don't want to miss the opportunity to congratulate our Lion and Corporate Medallion honorees.

Follow this link to read about the individuals and companies being honored.

Jan 4, 2012

Call for Action: Baker and Morial Comment on Remarks of Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum

A Statement from Donna Jones Baker, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Cincinnati

We at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati support our National President, Marc Morial, in his outcry regarding the recent remarks of Rick Santorum. We must remember poverty knows no color, no gender or no segment of the country. It is alarming that in the year 2012, there are still politicians and others who fan the flames of discontent and divisiveness among Americans. Today, Mr. Santorum’s remarks singled out African Americans. This is not a black issue alone. It is the responsibility of all Americans to respond to this type of race-baiting and remind Mr. Santorum that his comments are unacceptable for again, poverty knows no color, no gender or no segment of the country.

This is unacceptable rhetoric coming from someone who wants to lead this nation.
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