COVID-19 Business Team Outreach and Expansion grant

Must be submitted by: Jul 15, 2020 at 4:00PM

Area 10 Workforce Development Board which consists of Richland and Crawford Counties has been awarded $300,000 for COVID-19 business team and outreach expansion.  The purpose and spirit of this funding is to help establish a strong foundation for the local area business team to meet the needs of employers and job seekers during these unprecedented times. 

The funds are available August 1, 2020 and must be spent by June 30, 2021. 

The Area 10 Workforce Development Board is looking for quotes for outreach services to minority owned businesses and African American male job seekers.  The goal of the outreach is to engage minority owned businesses and African American male job seekers to utilize the services of the OhioMeanJobs Centers and other workforce partner agencies. 

Quotes will be accepted by email through July 15, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.  Please email quotes to by 4:00 p.m.  Organizations can apply to serve both counties or just one.  Organizations can apply for both business outreach and job seeker outreach or just one.  

Questions can be directed to  Questions and answers will be posted on the Area 10 website as they are received and answered. 

Allow expenses


Services for RFQ:

Outreach to minority owned businesses to inform them of the services of the OhioMeansJobs Centers in Richland and Crawford counties

Collaboration with the OMJ Centers and workforce partners to encourage minority owned businesses to utilize services such as skills upgrading, customized training, other training services, pre-hire services, screening and referral of qualified applicants and labor market information.  


Outreach to African American male job seekers to inform them of the services of the OMJ Centers and introduction to Career pathways in healthcare, manufacturing, and construction.

Career Exploration

Leadership skills

Soft skills development

Training leading to certified credentials in high wage career pathway



Expected Outcomes:

More African Americans recruited using various pathways including Community Opportunities platform

Increase job seekers and students using the new platform

Increase numbers of businesses connected to job seekers

Evaluations to be completed of targeted recruitment campaign

Satisfaction of businesses receiving support

Improvement of recruiting, onboarding and retention of African American job seekers in high wage career pathways

Number of Wrap around Services that resulted in entry into high wage career pathway




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