Business Advisory Councils

Business Advisory Councils

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. 

2024 Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils

4 Star 2024 Business Advisory Councils

  • Building Bridges to Careers (BB2C)1,3
  • Montgomery County ESC1,3
  • Noble County Schools BAC 1,2
  • North Point ESC 3

1 Award of Excellence in Developing Professional Skills
2 Award of Excellence in Building Partnerships
3 Award of Excellence in Coordinating Experiences


3 Star 2024 Business Advisory Councils

  • Barberton
  • ESC of Central Ohio
  • Champaign County
  • Tri-County ESC
  • Athens-Meigs ESC
  • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Columbiana County ESC
  • Goshen Local Schools
  • Hancock County ESC
  • Lorain County ESC
  • Loveland City Schools BAC
  • Marion Area Workforce Acceleration Collaborative
  • Mercer County ESC
  • Mid-Ohio ESC
  • Muskingum Valley ESC
  • New Lexington City
  • Northwest Career Ready
  • Piqua City Schools
  • Preble County ESC
  • Southern Ohio ESC
  • Van Wert County BAC
  • ESC of Northeast Ohio
  • LinkedUp BAC
  • ESC of Eastern Ohio

2 Star 2024 Business Advisory Councils

  • ESC of the Western Reserve Geauga
  • ESC of the Western Reserve Lake
  • Paulding County BAC
  • Springfield City Schools
  • Ashtabula County BAC
  • Brown County ESC
  • Darke County ESC
  • East Central Ohio ESC
  • Jefferson County ESC
  • Mentor Exempted Village Schools
  • Medina County ESC
  • West Clermont Local
View the 2023 Awardees.

2024 Business Advisory Council Townhall

The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce, in collaboration with Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education, invites districts and schools to attend the 2024 Business Advisory Council Townhall July 15, from 8 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Hilton Columbus Easton. The Hilton is offering a discounted rate for conference attendees - please book your room here by June 14th. Registration is open to Business Advisory Council Leads, members, and business partners. Register here!

During the town hall, Business Advisory Councils that have received a 2024 Business-Education Leader Award for Excellent Business Advisory Councils will be formally recognized. 

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.  

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 Sept. 30, 2023

Resources for Submitting Annual Business Advisory Council 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.

  • 2024 open office hours coming soon. 

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. 

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: 7/15/2024 8:46:11 PM