A Joint Statement from the Columbiana County School Community Business Advisory Council

The Columbiana County Schools Business Advisory Council (BAC) will foster cooperation among schools, businesses and the communities they serve. Please click here to read the Joint Statement for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

The beginning of the 2023-2024 school year has been a busy one for businesses, students, and district staff as students were out and about in the community learning more about local career opportunities. Check out the BAC's October newsletter to see all of the highlights of The Skilled Trades Expo, Ag Expo, and Manufacturing Your Future.


2023-2024 BAC Member Meeting Dates:



Thursday, August 3, 2023

9:00 am

The Barn at Firestone Farms

Thursday, November 2, 2023

9:00 am

Columbiana County Career & Tech Center

Thursday, February 1, 2024

9:00 am

Port Authority Global Investment Center

Thursday, May 2, 2024

9:00 am


BAC Executive Committee:


Robert Bachinger, Vice President of Corporate Safety and Training at Compco

Vice Chair

Micki Egli, Superintendent, West Branch Local Schools


Marie Williams, Superintendent, Columbiana County ESC

BAC Committee Chairs:


Susie Wickline, Chief Operating Officer of MCTA

Business/School Partnerships

William Dawes, Branch Manager Fairway Mortgage

Post Secondary

Audrey Dimmerling, 4-H Youth Development Educator at the OSU Extension Office

2024 Vision Statement:

Facilitating Strong Career Connections for All Students

2024 Mission Statement:

To inspire and empower our youth to reach their highest potential by supporting comprehensive career counseling and strong career connections.


4 star pic


The Ohio Department of Education announced the Columbiana County Schools Business Advisory Council has been awarded Ohio’s 2024 3-Star Business Advisory Council award.

BAC Award

Columbiana County BAC members accept an award from State Representative Monica Robb Blasdel for their 2023 4-Star Award.

During the 2023 BAC Vision Forum, a mayors' panel was held to discuss local accomplishments. To view more about the 2023 Vision Forum, please click here.

BAC 4-Star Winner

All Ohio school districts and Educational Service Centers need to have a Business Advisory Council. Ohio is proud to be home to over 120 Business Advisory Councils. These locally focused partnerships convene education and business leaders to engage in dialogue, build trust and identify strategies that transform the student learning experience. The on-going, intentional collaboration can result in a more responsive education system based on regional economic drivers and needs, more relevant learning experiences for students that include work-based learning opportunities and enduring partnerships between schools and local industries. 

Please click here for more information.

The Columbiana County ESC Business Advisory Council is proud to sponsor and partner with the following events:

  • Kids STEAM University at Kent State Salem Campus

  • Manufacturing Your Future

  • Skilled Trades Expo (6 counties in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania)

  • Agricultural Expo (OSU Extension Office)

  • Career and College Fairs

  • Robotics competitions

  • Drone competitions

  • Vision Casting Forum

  • Career Exploration

  • Problem Based Learning Classroom Projects

Interested in being a part of the Columbiana County ESC Business Advisory Council?

Please contact Marie Williams at