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About Us 2017-11-30T16:22:39+00:00

Serving Northeast Ohio Since 1956

More than half a century ago, Jay Iglauer, newly retired vice president and treasurer of Halle Brothers Company, dreamed of combining his experience and talent with that of other retired executives to help others achieve the same success they had achieved. The original 23 volunteers found over 50 others who shared their vision. In 1956 they created the Cleveland Senior Council.

From its inception, the council’s mission was to provide business advice and counseling to public and private, large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. In 1996, the council changed its name to Business Advisers of Cleveland to better reflect what had become its focus. Currently, over 60 volunteers, men and women, mostly retired from successful careers but some still working, annually help several hundred Business Advisers of Cleveland clients transform their business dreams into reality and problems into solutions.

Our volunteers come from a variety of businesses and nonprofits. Some are entrepreneurs, others experienced leaders of or within large organizations. Some of those larger corporations are: 3M, Caterpillar, General Electric, Key Bank, Lubrizol, MTD Products, Oglebay Norton, Rockwell Automation, Sherwin-Williams, TRW and Willis Towers Watson.

Their backgrounds include manufacturing, retail, supply chain, law, government service and contract work, human resources, sales and marketing, engineering, finance and accounting, franchising and information technology.

Some volunteers have bought, merged and sold businesses. Some are still working in their businesses. Some have learned valuable lessons from both success and failure. One thing they share is the passion for and great satisfaction from helping Business Advisers of Cleveland clients build productive and fruitful organizations that thrive in Northeast Ohio.

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Thank You for Your Support

We appreciate your referral.  Almost every day, a friend or organization suggests an individual contact BAC for free counseling.  Whether the issue is starting a business or nonprofit or solving a problem within an otherwise successful organization, BAC can help.

Thank you for your financial support. Dues and donation from our volunteers fund a portion of BAC’s annual operating budget, but additional financial assistance is always necessary.  This assistance comes from local foundations and contributions from individuals like you.

Financial contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by IRS regulations because BAC is organized and operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the structure of IRS section 501(c)(3).

BAC is not affiliated with any governmental organization and receives no funding from any federal or state agency.  If you wish to review a recent Form 990 or find out more about BAC’s mission, programs, and finances, send a message to executive director, Nikki Evans, through our Contact Page.

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