PHED Item 7
April 26, 2017
April 24, 2017
Planning, Housing and Economic Development clr\ttee
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
SUBJECT: Worksession: Bill 8-17, Executive Branch - Business Services Center
Bill 8-17, Executive Branch - Business Services Center - Established, sponsored by Lead
Sponsors Council President Berliner and Councilmember Riemer and Co-Sponsors
Councilrnembers EIrich, Navarro and Katz, was introduced on April 4. A public hearing is
scheduled for ApriI2S.!
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
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 ofthe 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:
(A) obtain a County contract; or .
(B) comply with County requirements and regulations; and
advocate for County businesses with other State, County, and local government
Council staffwill send out a summary ofthe public hearing as an addendum to this memorandum.