Wouldn’t it be great if there was someone looking out for Charlotte’s small businesses? Someone who could represent you, your concerns and struggles, and provide feedback to the city? Great news… There is! The Charlotte Business Advisory Committee.
Who are they?
The committee is comprised of 20 volunteer local business owners and individuals active in the business community. The members act as advocates for the local business community and update the City Council and City’s Economic Development Committee on business conditions.
How does someone become a part of the committee?
Committee members come from local government recommendations, chamber recommendations, and recommendations from local minority groups. The BAC celebrates Charlotte’s diversity and ensures the committee reflects the community it serves.
What do they do?
The BAC helps other small businesses in the community. They focus on –
- Providing recommendations and advice to City Council and the City’s Key Business Executives on ways the City can improve the business climate in Charlotte, with a particular emphasis on small businesses.
- Providing a forum for businesses to raise issues, discuss and have input into City policy responses to these issues.
- Providing input and recommendations on the City’s Economic Development Focus Area Plan, with a particular emphasis on small business development; City contracting programs; revitalization of distressed business districts; business recruitment, retention and expansion efforts; and public/private partnership projects.
Can we talk to them about ideas/concerns/recommendations for the City Council?
Yes! The committee typically meets every third Friday of the month at 8am in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. The meetings are open to the public. Or, if you’d like to help serve your community and become a member, you can! Click here to apply.
The members of the Business Advisory Committee are passionate about giving back to the community and are here to be your voice. Check out the video below and see why Ed Roper, President of NJR Construction, and former BAC member, is Paying It Forward.