The BAC is made up of elected officials and business professionals representing small businesses and the area’s major sector employers. This group meets monthly to execute the legislative agenda through a variety of functions.
- Develop the Legislative Agenda: Identifying key issues that are representative of the business community is a comprehensive process that includes small group-member meetings, Business Advocacy Council (BAC) meetings, and member-issue surveys. All data is collected, reviewed and vetted by the Business Advocacy Council and Board of Directors. The final agenda is adopted by the Board of Directors. Any member interested in improving our business environment can become involved and help develop the priority legislative agenda items by getting involved with the Business Advocacy Council.
- Implement the Legislative Agenda: Once the agenda is adopted, the Business Advocacy Council and Chamber staff communicate the priority issues to local, state and federal officials through the following ways:
- Work with elected officials: meet regularly with them to discuss issues impacting the business community.
- Host Legislative Events: Each year the Chamber hosts a variety of events for elected officials in order to communicate our agenda.
- Four o’clock speaker series
- Legislative Briefings
- Meet the Candidates: Whistle Stop Tour Planning Team (biennial event)
- Montgomery County Days at the Capitol Planning Team (biennial event)
- Get Out the Vote Campaign: activities that get voters out on Election Day.
- DC Fly-In: organizes a trip to Washington D.C. to call on congressional staff members. Members hear briefings from committee members, staff and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.