Office of Equal Opportunity


The programs offered by the City of Cleveland Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) provide for participation as prime and sub-contractors on City-related contracts, development efforts for targeted companies, and the employment of Cleveland residents on certain construction projects. 

Major functions of the OEO include: 

  • Certification of businesses as local, minority, or female-owned 
  • Evaluation of City contracts related to the use of minority and female-owned businesses, employees, and local companies 
  • Determination of goals and requirements for City contracts 
  • Monitoring of contractor's compliance with various contract requirements 
  • Training and information for contractors and potential contractors 
  • Investigation and penalty imposition for failure to comply with OEO programs 
  • Development and technical support for target businesses 
  • Local outreach 

All Cleveland-Area Small Businesses, Minority Business Enterprises, and Female Business Enterprises are urged to apply for certification through the Mayor's Office of Equal Opportunity.