Ohio Advisory Committee of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to Hold Forum at Wilmington College

Event to Investigate the Civil Rights Issues Regarding Barriers to Entrepreneurship in Ohio

March 23, 2012

The Ohio Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights will conduct a community forum April 4 in Wilmington investigating issues related to the barriers to economic development in the state.

The daylong event, which is open to the public, will be held on the campus of Wilmington College, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the McCoy Room in Kelly Center.

Throughout the day, five panels of three members each will give 15-minute presentations, followed by a 15-minute question/answer period by OAC members. The final 30-minute segment, from 3:30 to 4 p.m., is open for public input.

Some of the advocacy organizations presenting will be the Greater Cincinnati Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Small Business Center, African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati, City of Dayton Human Relations Council, Women for Economic and Leadership Development, the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, Fifth Third Bank, and the Cincinnati Urban League’s division of Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship.

Also, Bob and Hope Cooper of Weaver Janitorial Services in Wilmington will present at the panel discussion beginning at 9:10 a.m.

Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds is pleased WC was selected as host to a forum that highlights equality and social justice.

“We are very proud to host the Ohio Advisory Committee for their community forum, as, since the founding of the College, Wilmington has had a deep and abiding connection with those who work for justice, peace and equality," he said. “We welcome this important forum to our campus and encourage public participation in the hearings."

He also noted that WC students are being encouraged to attend the event for its educational value and as an exercise in civic engagement.

(LEFT) Martin R. Castro

Martin R. Castro, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will attend the Ohio forum and, along with Reynolds, offer a welcome to start the day’s proceedings.

President Barack Obama appointed him in January 2011 as the first Latino to chair the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

The U. S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan federal agency that conducts research and advises the President and Congress on civil rights issues. The President and Congress appoint members.

Congress has directed the Commission to establish state advisory committees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and their members serve without compensation. The committees’ reports to the Commission are wholly independent, and are not subject to Commission approval, fact-checking or policy changes.


“Civil Rights Issues Regarding Barriers to Entrepreneurship in Ohio”
Ohio Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Wilmington College
McCoy Room, College Street
Wilmington, Ohio

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. George W. Dent, J.D., Chair, Ohio Advisory Committee

9:10 – 9:15 a.m. Martin R. Castro, Chair, US Commission on Civil Rights
James M. Reynolds, Ph.D., President, Wilmington College

Panel 1:
9:30-10:25 a.m. Bob and Hope Cooper, Owners, Weaver Janitorial Services,
Wilmington OH
Earl Gregorich, CBA,Lead Center Director, District 4
Ohio Small Business Development Center, Wright State University
Kenneth Troutman, Vice President and General Manager, Troutman Construction.

Panel 2:
10:30-11:40 a.m.
Sean Rugless, President and CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati
Alfonso Cornejo, President, Greater Cincinnati Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Rea Waldon, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for the Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship, Cincinnati Urban League
John Marrocco, Senior Vice President, Business Banking Executive, Fifth Third Bank, Greater Cincinnati Affiliate.

Panel 3:
11:45-12:40 p.m.
Jose “Rafi” Rodriguez, President, Rodriguez Financial Strategies
Ariana Ulloa-Olavarrieta, Director, Latino Small Business Center
Eleanor Stocks, President & Founder, The Greater Dayton African American Chamber of Commerce; President & CEO, Business Corporate Link Group, Inc. a development company, “ The Vision At River’s Edge” Condo Project.

12:40-1:40 p.m.

Panel 4:
1:40-2:35 p.m.
Marci Wright, Supervisor of Contract Compliance, City of Dayton Human Relations Council
Sharon Smith, Office of Business Assistance, Ohio Department of Development
Maurice Thompson, 1851 Center for Constitutional Law

Panel 5:
2:40-3:35 p.m.
Colleen O’Toole, Founder, On Demand Interpretation Services
Mark Rembert, Executive Director, Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce

Open Session:
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Community Forum

4:00 p.m.