BizWorks is an independent 501c3 non-profit resource provider supporting entrepreneurs in their dreams of business ownership. Our core program, BizWorks Business Builder (B3) helps address the uncertainty of entrepreneurship by facilitating the creation and execution of sustainable business models that are scalable and repeatable.
Even though BizWorks has been around since 2001, we only gained independent 501c3 status in 2013. Relatively speaking, that means we are still in the infancy stage of our development. The Advisory Board serves as a critical community champion for BizWorks. Members of the Advisory Board share their gifts in service to our mission by providing our organization with their professional expertise; their diverse knowledge of constituent perspectives; their connections to local, national or international resources, colleagues or peers; their philanthropic support or other forms of needed assistance.
Advisory Board is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which complement the knowledge and skills of the formal Board members in order to more effectively govern the organization. Also, Advisory Boards are sometimes used to maintain formal and visible relationships with people who have particular strong status, for example, people whose terms have expired on the governing Board, leaders in the community and people with highly respected skills in certain program areas.
The Advisory Board does not have formal authority to govern the organization, that is, the Advisory Board cannot issue directives that must be followed as in the case with a governing Board. Rather, the Advisory Board serves to make recommendations and/or provide key information and materials to the formal Board of Directors. Committees of governing Boards, for example, Fundraising Committees and Personnel Committees, are of the same capacity as Advisory Boards – their members only make recommendations to the full Board. The Advisory Board can be standing (or ongoing) or ad hoc (one-time) in nature. It can have a “personality” like governing Boards. For example, members of the Advisory Board can be very hands-on like a working Board or attending only to high-level recommendations like a policy governing.
Bizworks is developing three committees in which Advisory Council Members can participate in, although it is not mandatory.
These committees are designed to support staff and The Board of Directors in carrying out the mission of the organization. The Advisory Council provides a means for involving people who would have been good candidates for the board of directors, but who are unable to serve right now. It energizes the volunteer base as Advisors become ambassadors for the organization in the community and recognizes individuals for their distinguished service and assists in efforts to increase philanthropic support.
Act annually in some significant way to support the organization’s mission (e.g. expert advice, door opening, funding or fundraising) • Allow the organization to publicize their name and participation on the Council, list name on letterhead and other communications • Attend events such as the annual meeting and special gatherings • Keep informed about plans, activities and needs of the organization