Business Advisory Councils

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All Ohio school districts and Educational Service Centers need to have a Business Advisory Council. Ohio is proud to be home to over 110 Business Advisory Councils. These locally focused partnerships convene education and business leaders to engage in dialogue, build trust and identify strategies that transform the student learning experience. The on-going, intentional collaboration can result in a more responsive education system based on regional economic drivers and needs, more relevant learning experiences for students that include work-based learning opportunities and enduring partnerships between schools and local industries. 

Annual Business Advisory Council Plans

Business Advisory Councils are legislated by Ohio Law to submit annual plans to The Ohio Department of Education. All school districts, Educational Service Centers and Joint Vocational School districts representing school districts as Business Advisory Councils are required to submit plans in the Data Collection app through OH|ID by September 30, 2022

Resources for Submitting Annual Business Advisory Counil Plan and Award Application

Business Advisory Council Open Office Hours

The Office of Graduate Success will be holding open office hours at the following times to provide support and address any questions regarding Business Advisory Councils. 

Click on the specific date and time to join on your computer or mobile app.

BAC Strategies That Work! Building Successful Business Advisory Councils: Virtual Event

The Office of Graduate Success and the Ohio Tech Prep Regional Centers brought together education, business and industry partners to explore smart strategies and emerging ideas to build successful Business Advisory Councils That Work! 

  • Find the recording of this session here!

2022 Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils

Watch Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Intermin Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Stephanie Siddens recognize the 2021-2022 recipients of Ohio's Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils. 

2022 Award Winners

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  • Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio
  • Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio
  • Goshen Local Schools
  • Lawrence County Educational Service Center
  • Marion Area Workforce Acceleration
  • New Lexington Schools

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  • Building Bridges to Careers
  • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Educational Service Center of Central Ohio
  • Montgomery County Educational Service Center
  • Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center
  • North Point Educational Service Center
  • Tri-County Educational Service Center

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  • Columbiana County Educational Service Center
  • Noble Local Schools*

*Business Advisory Council Excellence Awardee

Find a Local Business Advisory Council!

View annual highlight reports for more information on council activities across the state!

Addtional Resources


Webinars and Virtual Learning 

Contact for more information. 

Last Modified: 9/30/2022 11:45:24 AM