Mecklenburg County Forming Advisory Committee to Review Regulatory Roadblocks for Small Biz

At the recommendation of Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners this week approved the creation of a new citizens advisory board to look at ways to streamline the regulatory process for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board will be composed of 11 members (one will be appointed from the existing city Business Advisory Committee), and is charged with the following responsibilities:

“To provide recommendations and advice to the Board of County Commissioners regarding ways to streamline permitting processes for new and expanding businesses; to provide input to the Board of County Commissioners regarding proposed changes in building codes, policies, and taxes; to advise the Board of County Commissioners about specific challenges small businesses and entrepreneurs encounter in the county; and to inform the Board of County Commissioners about new developments in the local small business and entrepreneurial communities.”

Board members must be residents of Mecklenburg County, and should have recent experience in opening or managing a small business enterprise. Six members will serve initial terms of 3-years, with the other five members serving for 2 years. All subsequent terms will be for 2 years, and members may serve no more than two terms.

Applications will be accepted through April 30, and the Board of Commissioners will make appointments at its May 21st regular meeting. If you’d like to apply, please CLICK HERE and scroll down to “Small Business and Entrepeneurship,” about 2/3 of the way down for a link to the application.

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