Agenda Item 5C
April 4, 2017
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
March 31, 2017
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FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
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Introduction:
Bill 8-17, Executive Branch - Business Services Center - Established
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 and Katz, is scheduled to be introduced on April 4. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for
April 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Bill 8-17 would establish a Business Services Center in the Office of the County Executive and
define the duties of the Center.
Background
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:
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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 agencies.
This packet contains:
. Bill 8-17
Legislative Request Report
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Bill No.
8-17
Concerning: Executive
Branch
Business
Services
Center
Established
Revised: March 28. 2017 Draft No. _2_
Introduced:
April 4. 2017
Expires:
October 4. 2018
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: --=-:.N=on=eo.-_ _ _ _ __
Ch. _ _ Laws of Mont. Co. _ _ __
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsors: Council President Berliner and Councilmember Riemer
Co-Sponsors: Councilmembers EIrich, Navarro and Katz
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ACT to:
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establish a Business Services Center in the Office of the County Executive;
define the duties of the Center; and
generally amend the laws governing the organization of the Executive Branch.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 2, Administration
Section 2-25B
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL
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Section 2-25B is amended as follows:
2-25B. [Small Business Navigator] Business Services Center.
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Definitions.
As used in this Section:
Center
means the Business Services Center.
Navigator
means the Small Business Navigator designated
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Executive under subsection (£).
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Small business
means a privately owned business that meets the
requirements of Section IlB-65(a).
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Establishment of [Program]
Center. The Executive must create and
administer a [Small Business Assistance Program] Business Services
Center [with] that includes a Small Business Navigator. [to help small
businesses comply with County policies and regulations] The Center
must be part of the Office of the County Executive.
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Small Business Navigator.
The Executive must designate an employee as
the Small Business Navigator. Among other duties, the Navigator must:
(1) advise the Executive, the Council, the Chief Administrative
Officer, County Department heads, the Planning Board, and any
other appropriate government agency, of any action needed to
assist small businesses to comply with County requirements and
regulations;
(2) promote communications between a small business and each
County department or agency that the small business must interact
with;
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develop and maintain a database of information necessary for a
small business to comply with County requirements and
regulations;
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BILL
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advise small businesses on how to comply with County
requirements and regulations; and
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identify changes to regulations and requirements that would
improve turnaround, eliminate duplication, resolve conflicts in
authority, and eliminate unnecessary regulations and requirements.
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Additional duties for the Office.
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addition to the duties of the Small
Business Navigator described in subsection
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provide constituent services for businesses operating in the County
or planning to operate in the County, including:
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communicating about new and revised County laws and
regulations affecting County businesses;
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public outreach;
providing technical publications on County policies;
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point of contact for County businesses seeking to:
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comply with County requirements and regulations; and
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advocate for County businesses with other State, County, and local
government agencies.
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Reports.
On or before September 15 of each year, the Executive must
report to the Council on the activities and recommendations of the
[Navigator] Center.
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 8-17
Executive Branch
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Business Services Center
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Established
DESCRIPTION:
Bill 8-17 would establish a Business Services Center in the Office of
the County Executive and define the duties ofthe Center.
There is no central office in County government for a business to
receive constituent service.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
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 ofthe Executive. The existing small
business navigator would become part of the Center.
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
Office of the County Executive
FISCAL IlVIPACT:
To be determined.
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
To be determined.
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SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
N/A
PENALTIES:
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