The city is seeking business owners and residents to apply to serve on the newly established volunteer Missouri City Small Business Advisory Committee.

Council Member Lynn Clouser proposed the committee, and City Council approved its formation March 1.

The committee will review and suggest proposals pertaining to small businesses in the city, City Attorney E. Joyce Iyamu said during an earlier City Council meeting.

"We have different committees for different things, and we don't have a formal small-business committee," Clouser said. "This [committee] would discuss what issues are affecting them and what they may need from us as city leadership."

The committee will consist of 15 members, including three small-business owners whose businesses are located in each of the city's four council districts. There will also be three resident members who can live in any part of the city. The city is defining the term "small business" according to the Small Business Administration's size standards, and franchise owners are allowed to serve, the city said in a news release.

In addition to the above criteria, members of the committee must be at least 18 years old, not related to a member of City Council or a Missouri City tax increment reinvestment zone board member and may not have held public office within the preceding calendar year.

Interested business owners and residents must submit an application and resume to Missouri City by March 15. Each applicant will be screened and appointed by City Council and will serve a two-year term, if selected.

Find more information and a link to apply online here.