Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Business Advisers of Cleveland

  • Cleveland, OH
  • http://www.busadvcle.org/index.html

Mission Statement

The mission of Business Advisers of
Cleveland (BAC) is to contribute to the success of start-up and small for-profit businesses and
non-profit organizations by providing cost effective business advice and counsel, through its
experienced, professional members.

Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

BAC counsel individuals residing in the greater Cleveland area and Northeast Ohio.  Although the majority of our individual clients reside in Cuyahoga County, we also present talks on entrepreneurism, marketing and finance for business at public libraries all over Northeast Ohio.

 

Through our partnership with Business Volunteers Unlimited in Cleveland and Akron, we assist area non-profits in developing better business/operational practices.

ruling year

1959

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Ms. Nicholi Evans

Keywords

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Free advice to businesses, start-ups and nonprofits

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EIN

34-0834384

 Number

6086312807

Physical Address

401 Prospect Park Building 4614 Prospect Ave

Cleveland, OH 44103

Also Known As

Business Advisors of CLEVELAND﹨BAC

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management Services for Small Business/Entrepreneurs (S43)

Single Organization Support (J11)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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For almost sixty years, Business Advisers of Cleveland (BAC) has given free advice and counsel to individuals interested in starting their own businesses or small business owners who want to expand their businesses.  Our members are passionate supporters of economic growth in Cleveland and they recognize the critical role small business plays in this effort.  

Over the past year, BAC has continued to offer free seminars to interested individuals at several public libraries.   This year, we have formalized an agreement with Cuyahoga County Public Library to offer business seminars in 6 different branches throughout the county.  We have also expanded our presentations to include in-depth information on Developing a Business Plan; Understanding Finances for Small Business; and Grow Your Business - Developing a Marketing Plan.

  We have also continued our relationship with Business Volunteers Unlimited in offering counseling services to nonprofit organizations.  Other partnerships we have developed and continue to maintain include Cuyahoga Community College-Corporate College and Ashland University's Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Engagement for high school students.   

So strongly do our members believe in their work that almost one-half of our annual operating support is generated by their membership dues.  In 2010, we are actively organizing a new membership campaign to recruit men and women who are interested in giving back to the community and supporting small business endeavors in northeastern Ohio.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Counseling Services free-of-charge Seminar Programs offered in public libraries

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

BAC counsel individuals residing in the greater Cleveland area and Northeast Ohio.  Although the majority of our individual clients reside in Cuyahoga County, we also present talks on entrepreneurism, marketing and finance for business at public libraries all over Northeast Ohio.

 

Through our partnership with Business Volunteers Unlimited in Cleveland and Akron, we assist area non-profits in developing better business/operational practices.

Funding Needs

Throughout our history, BAC has relied on the fees generated from our members for at least half of our operating support.  And like other non-profits, BAC also relies on the support of generous individual, foundation and corporate donors.  But over the past few years, we have experienced a significant drop in corporate donations.  BAC was founded by retired business people, so it is from there we have tried to secure additional operating support.  Unfortunately, many of BAC's corporate supporters have either merged with other organizations, moved out of the city, or have been acquired.  Even though the overall economy in Cleveland is extremely difficult, people are still excited about starting their own businesses.  So we continue to solicit additional funds that will enable us to carry out our mission.

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Financials

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Business Advisers of Cleveland
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Business Advisers of Cleveland

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Nicholi Evans

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The success of small businesses is vital to our economic recovery.  More than half of all business endeavors in this country are small businesses (employees less than 500 people).  It is vitally important to support entrepreneurs and small business owners, whether they are starting a restaurant or a high tech company."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Roger S. Vail

Retired, No Affiliation

Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?