SBE Green Business Education

SBE Sustainability Education – Summer/Fall Schedule

Cincinnati is one of more than 1,000 U.S. cities that has committed to reducing its contribution to global climate change. To support this effort, the Department of Economic Inclusion provides sustainability education, training and technical assistance for small and diverse businesses to transition to sustainable operations.

The SBE Green Business Education Program consists of webinars, brown bag workshops, online sustainability training, a sustainability assessment and report, and technical assistance to develop a sustainability action plan. Businesses participating in the program can receive an Advanced Sustainability Education Certificate and/or SEMS™ Certification in partnership with the City of Cincinnati Office of Contract Compliance. SEMS™ is an acronym for Supplier Excellence in Managing Sustainability.

Upcoming Sustainability Inclusion Webinars You Don’t Want To Miss!

Join us for a series of 60-minute webinars to help your business scale up and grow. Learn how and why sustainability has become the core business strategy in a variety of industries. The sessions are specifically designed to allow participants to interact, converse and learn from industry experts.

Webinar No. 1 - Increase Your Chances of Winning Construction Contracts

Position your company to be among the first to be included in upcoming construction projects by learning the ropes of the bidding process. This is a “must attend” workshop for contractors, subcontractors and specialty trade firms seeking to scale up in the area’s construction industry. The session includes a wide array of reliable information about procurement opportunities, the bidding process and the latest requirements for competing for construction contracts.

Thursday, September 17, 2015    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Webinar No. 2 - Breaking Into The Corporate Supply Chain

Corporations are an enormous potential market for small and diverse businesses. While core suppliers are critical to the production line, there are plenty of business-changing procurement opportunities for smaller firms. Learn from supply chain experts what it takes to unlock the doors to a corporate supply chain, as well as how to avoid being assessed as a “risk” during the interview process.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Webinar No. 3 - Rethinking Strategic Alliances With A Green Building Focus

Green building is big business in virtually every major city in the United States. This webinar provides information on how small contractors and specialty trade firms can form strategic alliances as the nation shifts to sustainable real estate, renewable energy installation,  landscaping for water preservation,  and much, much more. The Greater Cincinnati region expects to see increased green infrastructure as neighborhoods and building owners transition to healthier and more efficient green building practices. Find out what’s new and what’s needed for your business to be included in existing  and future green construction projects.

Thursday, October 15, 2015    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Webinar No. 4 - Leveraging Sustainability for Inclusion In Service Industries

Major corporations in every industry are realizing that smaller suppliers are often better positioned to provide niche or highly localized professional services. This informative workshop focuses on how service providers can leverage sustainability for a competitive advantage in areas such as legal, consulting, architectural, engineering, marketing, public relations, information technology and finance. Participants will learn how to capitalize on specific professional service needs.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Webinar No. 5 – Developing A Brand Identity For A Home Based Business

More than half of U.S. businesses are operated out of an owner’s home. These businesses can be just as lucrative as  a company that operates out of an office. To get the most out of your home-based business model, you need a sustainability branding strategy. In this webinar, not only will you learn how to operate more efficiently for increased profitability, but also branding and sales strategies to grow your business for years to come. Find out how sustainability can give your home-based business a competitive advantage.

Thursday, November 12, 2015    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Webinar No. 6 – Inclusion As A Business Growth Driver In The 21st Century

In today’s economy, the best suppliers have a business growth strategy that builds organizational culture, productivity, creativity and innovation. Sustainability and inclusion are a core business strategy. As the Greater Cincinnati region strives to have meaningful and substantial levels of minority and women business participation, a new culture of inclusion will become the norm. This webinar will help you recognize change and different approaches your company can take to build new client relationships for long-term business growth.

Thursday, November 19, 2015    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm