County Executive Marc Elrich and Council President Sidney Katz are embarking on a multi-pronged joint initiative: 4Business – Benchmarking to Be the Best for Business.

The objective is to engage the local business community in a grassroots campaign to assist businesses to locate, grow and prosper in Montgomery County.

Additional business input is key to the 4Business initiative to assist businesses to locate, grow and prosper in Montgomery County.  

There were two Public Charettes held to gather input on the comments received during the public input process, as well as improvements suggested and underway.  Participants will have the opportunity to join in discussions at various Topic Tables to react to suggestions so far, ideas for improvement, and to make additional suggestions for how the County can better serve and enhance its business community.

Below are the five Topics discussed at the last session held on December 9th. h.  The Discussion Sheets list the Key Issues gathered from the Listening Sessions, the survey, and input to the website. Next to each Key Issue is listed Recent Improvements and Possible Solutions suggested so far. New suggestions will be added at the charrettes.
Table Topics:

  1. Business Support / Economic Development
  2. Government Access / Communications / Training
  3. Permitting / Public Construction Impacts / Transportation
  4. Procurement
  5. Regulations / Taxes / Fees

      4Business Listening Sessions

      Below is a list of the listening sessions that took place across the County.  For transcripts see below under 4Business Public Engagement.

      • Wednesday, April 17, Council Office Building, 3rd floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville.
      • Thursday, April 18, Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.
      • Monday, May 6, East County Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring.
      • Monday, May 13, MidCounty Service Area, Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center, 11002 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton.
      • Wednesday, May 22, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring.
      • Monday, June 10, Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown.

      The 4Business Listening Sessions have been completed and County Executive Marc Elrich and Council Vice President Sidney Katz thank everyone who attended and appreciate the business feedback received. For transcripts see below under 4Business Public Engagement. While the 4Business Listening Sessions have concluded, comments can still be submitted by email to [email protected] or by entering your comments below – which may be anonymous if you choose.