Department of Management Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequent Questions & Answers

  1. What is the membership structure and how are they selected?

    Member Structure

    1. Four members consisting of representatives of local and federal small and minority business assistance programs or community development programs.
    2. Eight members composed of representatives of the minority private business sector, including certified minority business enterprises and minority supplier development councils, among whom at least two shall be women and at least four shall be minority persons.
    3. Two representatives of local government, one of whom shall be a representative of a large local government, and one of whom shall be a representative of a small local government.
    4. Two representatives from the banking and insurance industry.
    5. Two members from the private business sector, representing the construction and commodities industries.
    6. The chairperson of the Florida Black Business Investment Board or the chairperson's designee.

    Appointment Process

    A candidate for appointment may be considered if eligible to be certified as an owner of a minority business enterprise, or if otherwise qualified under the criteria above. Vacancies may be filled by appointment of the secretary, in the manner of the original appointment.

  2. Are there any ethical guidelines?

    Yes, the Small and Minority Business Advisory Council institutes the following ethical guidelines:

      • Members must not engage in conduct that calls into serious doubt their good character;
      • While participating in official OSD activities, members must act ethically and avoid situations that create a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest;
      • While participating in official OSD activities, members must not act in a manner that is contrary to the best interest of the OSD;
      • Members may obtain confidential information about the OSD or its customers and resource partners because of their membership on the Council. Members must not disclose such information without permission;
      • Members must not participate in, or make use of advisory council activities that directly affect their business or financial interests, unless the activities are available to the general public;
      • Members must not use their status as an advisory council member to get benefits that are not available to the general public;
      • Members may not receive OSD assistance, without the prior written approval of the Director, or his/her designee, to ensure no conflict of interest or appearance of a conflict of interest exists; and
      • With limited exceptions, members may not represent small businesses, state or local development companies, small business investment companies, or others regarding an application for OSD assistance. Exceptions to this policy include: a) an officer, director, or employee of a financial institution that participates in an OSD loan mobilization program, b) an attorney, accountant, appraiser, engineer, or similar professional, if the person does not regularly provide service to, or derive a large part of their income from providing a service to the OSD, or c) an educator whose institution of higher education participates in OSD's business development programs.
  3. How often does the Small and Minority Business Advisory Council meet?

    The Council shall meet at the call of its chair, at the request of a majority of its membership, or at such times as may be prescribed by rule, but not less than once a year, to offer its views on issues related to small and minority business development of concern to this state. A majority of the members of the council shall constitute a quorum.

  4. Do you get paid for serving on the advisory council?

    No, Members of the Council shall serve without compensation or honorarium but shall be entitled to per diem and travel expenses pursuant to s. 112.061 for the performance of duties for the council.

  5. Can someone with disabilities serve on the Small and Minority Business Advisory Council?

    Yes. The appointment of a Council member is not determined by race, age, sex or physical abilities. If assistance is requested by a council member who is blind, deaf or qualifies as having a disability, an assistant will work with the member as he/she completes Council duties.