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Experience Columbus Minority Business Program

Together with the City of Columbus and Councilmember Nick Bankston, we have created the Experience Columbus Minority Business Program (MBP), a grant to support minority-owned businesses in our community via a free, year-long partnership with our organization.

What is Experience Columbus?

Experience Columbus' vision is to be the leading force in creating and revealing the best of the Columbus experience to the world; the organization's mission is to sell, market and promote the Destination Columbus experience to visitors. Our partnership community includes over 900 businesses who are integrated into our work in the nearly $10 billion tourism industry. 

Why partner with Experience Columbus?

Tourism fuels the local economy, employs residents, provides human services, supports local arts programs and more. Learn more about tourism's local impact.

While we offer many opportunities to further build out your partnership, every partner receives the following:

  • A listing on
  • A listing in two annual Visitor Guides (includes digital and print distribution)
  • Access to free events
  • Partner database credentials, an online business resource
  • Opportunities to potentially be featured on social media, journalist or influencer visit itineraries and more

MBP Interest Form

Are you a minority-owned business interested in joining the program or in other opportunities? Click below to start your interest form for future consideration.

If you're an existing partner looking to become more involved through additional exposure, please fill out this form.

Questions? Contact Us

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Abby Anderson, ECI (she/her) Sr. Partnerships Manager

Current MBP Partners

The Minority Business Program promotes the growth and education of our partners through the opportunity to participate in programs like Community Catch Up—a collaboration with iHeart Media—and Spotlight on Minority Owned Business, a series of interviews conducted on NBC4. Listen to our iHeart Media interviews or watch NBC4 interviews to learn more about our partners.