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, 2023

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.  Open to all BAC members for technical assistance.

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

Annual Business Advisory Council Joint Statements

Business Advisory Councils are legislated by Ohio law to file a Joint Statement by March 1. Statements must be publicly available. The Department created a Joint Statement Template to provide guidance on what should be included. 

2023 Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils 

The Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils recognizes two-, three- and four-star rated Business Advisory Councils throughout the State of Ohio for their exceptional work building strong partnerships to instill professional skills for future careers and coordinating experiences for students.

Watch the video from Lt. Governor Jon Husted and view the full list of awardees below.

2023 Award Winners

List of 2-star Business Advisory Councils in 2023

  • Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center
  • Brown County Educational Service Center
  • Fairfield County Educational Service Center
  • Knox County Educational Service Center
  • Loveland City Schools
  • Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center
  • Vanguard Sentinel Career and Technology Centers

List of 3-star Business Advisory Councils in 2023

  • Auglaize-Mercer Educational Service Center
  • Building Bridges to Careers
  • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • East Central Ohio Educational Service Center
  • Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio
  • Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio
  • Goshen Local Schools
  • Marion Area Workforce Acceleration Collaborative
  • Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center
  • New Lexington City Schools
  • Perry Local Schools
  • Piqua City Schools
  • Southern Ohio Educational Service Center
  • Tri-County Educational Service Center
List of 4-star Business Advisory Councils in 2023
  • Columbiana County Educational Service Center
  • Educational Service Center of Central Ohio
  • Montgomery County Educational Service Center*
  • Noble Local Schools*
  • North Point Educational Service Center

* Business Advisory Council Excellence Awardee

View the 2022 awardees here.

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!

Find a Local Business Advisory Council!

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

Additional Resources

Webinars and Virtual Learning 

Contact for more information. 

Last Modified: 9/21/2023 3:18:15 PM