State of Ohio creates Small Business Advisory Council

A statewide Small Business Advisory Council has been created to review government rules and regulations, and identify those that place unnecessary burdens on Ohio’s job creators.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor recently announced her selections to fill five seats of the nine-member council. Among them are two Columbus businessmen: Orlando Alonso, president and general manager of Columbus Pest Control, and Michael Flowers, vice president of KBK Enterprises, a real estate development company.

Taylor’s other appointees are Brandon Cohen, president and CEO of Ohio IT Alliance in Toledo; Richard Fedorovich, CEO of Bober Markey Fedorovich, a CPA firm in Akron; and Dan Young, CEO of Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs.

“This is a great group of business leaders from communities across Ohio,” Taylor says. She received nearly 240 applications.

Senate President Tom Niehaus and Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder appointed the four additional members.

Niehaus chose Crystal Faulkner, founding partner of Cooney Faulkner & Stevens LLC in Cincinnati, and Thomas Demaline, president of Willoway Nurseries in Avon.

Batchelder chose Michael Baach, president and CEO of Philpott Rubber Co. in Brunswick, and Michael Canty, president and CEO of Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding in Cleveland.

The council was established in Senate Bill 2, which requires each member to have a small business background and represent businesses of various types, sizes, and geographic locations in Ohio.

The council will meet at least quarterly and positions are unpaid.

The council is not the state’s first effort this summer to foster economic growth. The appointments come on the heels of  Gov. John Kasich’s formation of a non-profit job creation panel featuring several business heavyweights.

On July 11, Kasich named eight people to the JobsOhio panel, which has been given the job creation role formerly played by the Ohio Department of Development. Members will serve one to four-year terms and won’t be paid for their work.

Four-year board appointments went to Steven Davis, CEO of Bob Evans Farms; Gary Heminger, CEO of Marathon; James Boland, retired Ernst & Young vice chairman and former head of the Cavaliers Operating Co.; and C. Martin Harris, chief information officer and chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Information Technology Division. Boland will also serve as the board’s chairman.

Two-year appointments went to Pamela Springer, president and CEO of Manta Media, and Mark Kvamme, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist Kasich has charged with boosting the economy.

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee and Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald were appointed to one-year terms.

The panel’s first task was to set job criteria and salary parameters for selecting a day-to-day director, whom Kasich said will be paid well and be eligible for performance bonuses, according to the Associated Press.