State Rep. Thomas West, D-Canton, is urging Gov. Mike DeWine re-establish the Ohio Minority Business Advisory Council.
The council has been dormant for years, he said.
“Given the disproportionate health and economic impacts of the pandemic on Black Ohioans and other Ohioans of color as well as nationwide civil protests against racial inequality, there has never been a more important time to bring back the Ohio Minority Business Advisory Council,” West said in a prepared statement.
“I look forward to working with the governor and his administration on this initiative so that we can ensure minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses have the support they need to get through the immense challenges of these times.”
The group had been established via an executive order by former Gov. John Kasich in 2011.
The council would work with state agencies to expand minority business employment, procurement, access to capital, and growth, among other objectives, West said. It would also issue an annual report to the governor.