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      Workshops to help local minority businesses receive state certification

      State and local officials are presenting workshops to help out local minority business owners understand state resources available to them. The workshops are aimed to inform business owners seeking state government contracts. Two workshops are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21 and the following week for Tuesday, Oct. 29.The first workshop on Oct. 21 will have a presentation to explain an overview of Ohio's Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kent Library Branch at 3101 Collingwood Blvd. A program manager from the Department of Administrative Services will review the benefits of obtaining state government contracts.The follow-up workshop on Oct. 29 will give instructions through the MBE certification process at the Kent Library Brach from 6 to 8 p.m.State Sen. Edna Brown (D-Toledo) and Toledo City Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson have planned this event. Officials claim these contracts will help bring jobs to the area.