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Authority: Pursuant to Section 3.05 of the City Charter of the City of Missouri City, the mayor of the city shall appoint special committees as instructed by the council. The City Council of the City of Missouri City instructed the mayor to establish the Small Business Advisory Committee of Missouri City on March 1, 2021.
Objectives: Pursuant to said authority and in accordance with City of Missouri City Strategic Goals 1 (create a great place to live) and 3 (grow business investments in Missouri City), Councilmember at Large, Position No. 2, Lynn Clouser, proposed the establishment of the volunteer Small Business Advisory Committee of Missouri City to review and suggest certain proposals and provide input relating to small businesses in Missouri City. The committee will be staffed by the City Manager or his designee and the City’s Economic Development Department. The point of contact for the Small Business Advisory Committee shall be the City Manager’s Office.
Qualifications: The volunteer Small Business Advisory Committee of Missouri City will be appointed by the City Council and will consist of 15 voting members, including three (3) small business owners who own businesses located in each of Missouri City’s four (4) council districts and three (3) residents residing from anywhere in Missouri City. The term “small business” shall mean a for-profit business enterprise that is domiciled in Missouri City that meets the United States Small Business Administration size standards, as set forth in Title 13, Part 121, of the United States Code of Federal Regulations. Franchise owners will be considered small business owners. Once constituted, the Small Business Advisory Committee will elect its own chair, vice-chair, and secretary. To serve as a member of the committee, a person must meet the following minimum requirements:
Appointment Process: To apply to serve on the committee, an individual must submit an application and a resume to Missouri City by March 22, 2021. The City Council may waive an applicant’s failure to submit a resume. By submitting an application, each applicant attests to the applicant’s eligibility. An application will not be considered and an appointed individual may be removed from the committee if the individual is later found to be ineligible. Additionally, providing false or misleading information in an application to serve on the committee will serve as grounds for removal after appointment. Membership on this committee is subject to confirmation and approval by the City Council. The City may announce appointments to the Small Business Advisory Committee as early as April 5, 2021.
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Term and Meetings: Each appointee will serve an approximately two (2)-year term, beginning on the date of appointment, and ending on the earlier of April 5, 2023, or the date on which the Small Business Advisory Committee is discontinued by the City Council. Meetings of the Small Business Advisory Committee may be scheduled on a quarterly basis and shall follow the requirements of the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Rules of Procedure: The Small Business Advisory Committee may adopt rules of procedure to conduct its meetings. Each member shall disclose to the Small Business Advisory Committee whether the member has benefitted or may benefit from a matter before the Small Business Advisory Committee before any action is taken on the matter. A member making such a disclosure is required to abstain from the action.
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