Lynn Stevens of the Ohio Department of Transportation (right) answers questions from business representatives attending the Ohio Business and Career Expo held May 17 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. Here she is assisting Anthony Russell of Reynoldsburg.

COLUMBUS (May 18, 2017) — The 2017 Ohio Business and Career Expo attracted approximately 700 business representatives and job seekers.

This free networking and learning opportunity, held May 17 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, was geared toward minorities, women, veterans or those otherwise socially and economically disadvantaged. The purpose of the expo was to support the efforts of the State of Ohio and its partners to support equal employment opportunities and efforts to expand access to state contracts for small, minority- and women-owned businesses.

Participants included nearly 60 state agencies, public colleges and universities, and other government entities as well as construction firms, trade unions and apprenticeship programs.

In addition to one-on-one networking opportunities, the expo offered nearly 50 workshops and participation in The Big Table discussions, which were held throughout central Ohio on May 17 in partnership with the Columbus Foundation.

The expo was sponsored by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, Columbus Regional Airport Authority and Ohio Department of Transportation.