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U.S. Small Business Administration to Recognize Journey Steel as Spark for Economic Development

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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Brooke DeCubellis,, 614-469-6860

WHAT: The U.S. Small Business Administration Columbus District Office will formally recognize Barbara Smith, president of Journey Steel, as a small business leader “sparking” economic development in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Congressman Steve Chabot and SBA Columbus District Director Everett Woodel will present the award, which will be followed by a small business and economic partner roundtable to discuss area small business resources, challenges and future ways to strengthen partnerships to help small businesses grow and thrive.

WHEN: Thursday, May 30, 2019

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. SPARK Award Presentation
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Press Avail with Congressman Steve Chabot & SBA Columbus District Director Everett Woodel
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Economic Development Roundtable

WHERE: Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce, 2945 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206

WHO: Steve Chabot, U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 1st Congressional District
Everett Woodel, SBA Columbus District Director
Eric Kearney, Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of
Commerce President
Markiea Carter, City of Cincinnati Department of Economic Inclusion Director

WHY: Small businesses are the economic fabric of our communities, both urban and rural. They create two out of every three jobs new jobs in America. Ohio is home to nearly 950,000 small businesses that employ 2.2 million workers, 46% of all Ohio employees. Barbara Smith of Journey Steel is an example of the many hardworking entrepreneurs who have improved their communities, providing local jobs and unique products and services. Barbara is also creating opportunities for minorities in ironworking via Journey Soaring Impact, a vocational program she established to train at-risk inner city high school seniors for construction industry careers.