The Small Business Advisory Committee (the "SBAC") was established by Cincinnati City Council in April, 2012. The SBAC will act as a voice for the concerns of small businesses located within the City of Cincinnati, will advise the Mayor and City Council on their needs, and will guide city leaders on decisions relating to economic development and small business services. To read the full motion creating the commission, click here.
The SBAC is comprised of a City Council representative and board members appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council. Board members include a diverse group of small business owners and representatives from organizations working with and advising small businesses. The SBAC also includes staff liaisons from the City Administration. All members serve two-year terms. Below is a list of current SBAC members.
City Council Representative
Councilmember Yvette Simpson
Bob Bonder, Tazza Mia/1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab (Co-Chair)
Denyse Ferguson, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce (Co-Chair)
Alicia Townsend, Cincinnati Development Fund, Inc. (Co-Chair)
Zamaris Boehm, PNC Bank
Michael Chikeleze, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Glenn Clevenger, U.S. Small Business Administration
Elizabeth Edwards, Metro Innovation
Greg Edwards, Edwards Capital Corp.
Thomas Fernandez, SFA Architects, Inc.
Mary Jane Good, Southern Ohio SCORE
Candace Klein, Bad Girl Ventures, Inc.
David Main, Hamilton County Development Corp.
Sheila Mixon, Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
Angelita Moreno-Jones, Eastern Personnel Services, Inc.
Mikio Nishizu, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Kathleen Norris, Brandt Retail Group
Christ Ostoich, BlackbookHR
Joyce Powdrill, J. Powdrill & Associates
Sean Rugless, Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce
Marjorie Solomon, Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council
Tyronne Stuckey, TYS Construction Services
Vance VanDrake, Ulmer & Berne LLP/Greater Cincinnati Venture Association
Mike Wagner, Cincinnati Neighborhood Business Districts United, Inc.
Xiaojie (Shau) Zavon, Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce
City of Cincinnati Staff Liaisons
Bill Fischer, Economic Development Department
Eric Denson, Economic Development Department
Rochelle Thompson, Contract Compliance