Agenda Item 5C
April 28, 2017
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Bill 8-17, Executive Branch - Business Services Center - Established
Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee recommendation (3-0):
the Bill with amendments.
Bill 8-17, Executive Branch - Business Services Center - Established, sponsored by Lead
Sponsors Council President Berliner and Councilmember Riemer and Co-Sponsors
Councilmembers EIrich, Navarro, Katz and Rice, was introduced on April 4. A public hearing
was held on April 25 and a Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee
worksession was held on April 26.
Bill 8-17 would establish a Business Services Center in the Office ofthe County Executive
and define the duties of the Center. The County Attorney's Office found no legal issues with the
Bill. See ©5.
The Business Services Center would be a dedicated office within County Government to
assist, inform, and advocate on behalf of businesses, including helping businesses interact with
County Government. It would provide dedicated constituent service for County businesses in the
Office of the Executive. The existing small business navigator would become part of the Center.
In addition to the existing duties of the small business navigator, the Center would:
provide constituent services for businesses operating in the County or planning to
operate in the County, including:
(A) communicating about new and revised County laws and regulations
affecting County businesses;
(B) public outreach;
(C) providing technical publications on County policies;
(D) operating workshops and conferences; and
(E) convening targeted business development events; and
serve as a point of contact for County businesses seeking to: