OEA was born in late 2018 to help provide Ohio companies with quality and reliable workforce especially from among the New American population groups. Before OEA’s inception, there
was a two-fold problem. While Ohio’s newer communities saw their lack of English-language proficiency and cultural backgrounds as retarding factors to succeed in a workplace, many of the Ohio businesses were reluctant to hire New Americans as they did not know what to expect from them. OEA was born to provide a support system to connect the two sides. This business model has worked out very well in Vermont where a couple of OEA’s owners run Burlington Employment Agency (BEA). BEA sends approximately 100 people to work on any given day to about a dozen companies in four different counties of Vermont.