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Legislative Update: Proposed New Program for Small Businesses

Women-Owned Businesses are poorly represented in government boards and agencies in Ohio.  The Small Business Advisory Committee to CSI Ohio, the Governor’s small business council, has only 1 out of 9 members who is a woman business owner, when 51% of the businesses in Ohio are woman-owned.

A potential important opportunity has arisen for getting more Women-Owned Businesses involved and heard in our state government.  An “Entrepreneur in Residence” program for state agencies is being proposed in HB 218.  The gist of this bill is as follows:

  • Provides for the creation and operation of an "Entrepreneur in Residence" pilot program by the Governor's Small Business Advisory Council.
  • The program is intended to "provide for better outreach by state government to small businesses, to strengthen coordination and interaction between state government and small businesses, and to make state government programs and functions simpler, easier to access, more efficient, and more responsive to the needs of small businesses."
  • Between three and five state agencies that affect small businesses would be selected to participate in the program by being assigned an entrepreneur who is representative of small business for a one-year tenure.
  • Entrepreneurs would receive expense reimbursements but no compensation.

Qualifications for Entrepreneurs in Residence:

  • The assigned person must be someone who is representative of small businesses and who is successful in their field.
  • For the bill's purposes, a small business is an independently owned and operated for-profit or nonprofit business operating in Ohio with fewer than 500 full-time employees or annual gross sales of less than $6 million.

Duties of Entrepreneurs in Residence:

  • Facilitate meetings to educate small business owners and operators of the agency's functions and programs that affect small businesses;
  • Facilitate in-service sessions with agency employees on "issues of concern" to small businesses;
  • Advise the agency on how its functions and programs might be improved to further the program's mission;
  • Provide technical assistance or mentorships to small businesses in accessing the agency's functions and programs.

Let’s help make this program a reality AND ensure that WOB’s are a required part of the bill!

What we all can do:

  • Contact the sponsors of the bill (Representatives Rosenberger, Dovilla, Scherer, Reece, Smith, Baker, Fedor, and Buchy) and let them know that we would like to see women small business owners be appointed as an entrepreneur in residence. Contact your legislators now...
  • Contact your own representative to encourage their support of the bill and WOB appointments.
  • The NAWBO Columbus Public Policy Committee is coordinating an effort to support the bill and recommend the requirement of including WOB appointments.  Please contact Shaune Skinner if you are interested in participating.  The PP Committee will keep you informed of the progress of the bill.

Do you have further questions?  E-mail the NAWBO Columbus Public Policy Committee...

NAWBO Columbus RFP: Chapter Public Policy Advisor - DEADLINE EXTENDED

About NAWBO Columbus

The National Association of Women Business Owners, Columbus, Ohio Chapter, is a Central Ohio organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all industries. Membership is open to sole proprietors, partners and corporate owners with 51% ownership in their company.

NAWBO Columbus advances women entrepreneurs toward economic, social and political achievement. By helping them:

  • Develop and grow strong, profitable women-owned businesses
  • Build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
  • Transform public policy and influence opinion makers
  • Affect changes in the business culture

Position Summary

NAWBO Columbus is seeking a public policy advisor with a focus on women’s business and small business issues to monitor and interpret matters affecting women business ownership and entrepreneurism, including those areas such as procurement, certification and equity issues that will level the playing field regarding access and growth for women business owners. The successful advisor will have an understanding of the unique challenges faced by women-owned businesses, as well as a passion of female entrepreneurship, is necessary. This role will focus on monitoring and communication of relevant current and prospective issues related to our membership businesses.

Key responsibilities/outputs:

  • Legislative and regulatory representation
    • Reading and analyzing rules and legislation to help client determine impact
    • Monitoring, tracking, and reporting of legislative activities and administrative rule-making
    • Communication
      • Contribute to blogs, articles or website updates to keep general membership educated on how policy affects or can affect member businesses and industries. Recommend content updates to the organization’s Public Policy section on the website.

Credentials, Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, economics or finance, public policy, law, or related field.
  • Registered lobbyist with the state of Ohio
  • 5+ years’ experience in public policy advocacy or similar experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience lobbying in Ohio state legislature
  • Preferred experience in legislative advocacy for small business and WBE issues

Compensation:

The NAWBO Columbus Chapter Public Policy Advisor will be compensated in exchange for responsibilities listed above by the following:

  • Profile as the  NAWBO Columbus Chapter  Public Policy Advisor on the NAWBO Columbus website
  • Recognition in online and offline marketing materials (newsletters, PowerPoint slides, emails, etc.) at all meetings and events including Visionary.
  • Recognition by our Public Policy Vice President Shaune Skinner when Advisor is present at NAWBO events and Monthly meetings.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter NO LATER THAN January 7, 2014, outlining your public policy experience as it is relevant to our mission, to Sharon DeLay, at sharon.delay@boldlygohr.com. Please note that this is a partnership opportunity with NAWBO Columbus.

Municipal Income Tax Reform Bill Passes House, Moves on to Senate

This week, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 5: Municipal Income Tax Reform Legislation. The bill creates a more competitive tax environment in Ohio that will foster economic growth and create jobs by allowing small businesses to focus their resources on sustaining and growing their businesses. Representatives. Cheryl Grossman and Mike Henne showed leadership on this important issue. Our Government Relations team will continue to advocate for this bill as it moves to the Ohio Senate.

If you have any questions about Municipal Income Tax Reform, please contact Shaune Skinner.


This week, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 5: Municipal Income Tax Reform Legislation. The bill creates a more competitive tax environment in Ohio that will foster economic growth and create jobs by allowing small businesses to focus their resources on sustaining and growing their businesses. Representatives. Cheryl Grossman and Mike Henne showed leadership on this important issue. Our Government Relations team will continue to advocate for this bill as it moves to the Ohio Senate.

If you have any questions about Municipal Income Tax Reform, please contact Shaune Skinner.