State improperly gave contract advantages to unqualified small businesses

Hundreds of Ohio small businesses received an undeserved advantage in landing state contracts due to a state agency’s failure to properly administer its program to help disadvantaged companies, according to the state watchdog.The Ohio Department of Administrative Services failed for years to follow state regulations controlling the Economic, Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) program that grants qualified businesses preference in receiving millions of dollars in state contracts, the […]