Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Council President Sidney Katz launched the 4Business: Benchmarking to Be the Best for Business initiative because they want businesses to locate, grow and prosper in Montgomery County.

Elrich and Katz hosted six 4Business listening sessions around the County to get feedback directly from business owners. In addition, they received input from the business community via email, an online form and through an online survey and followed up with two 4Business charrettes to discuss the feedback received and action plan for improvements.

On this 4Business web page, you will find transcripts from the listening sessions, topics discussed at the charrettes and a form where you can also submit your feedback. It’s not too late to get involved. The 4Business initiative is ongoing. Please send your input to 4Business@montgomerycountymd.gov.  

4Business Listening Sessions

A transcript of each listening sessions is available 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.

4Business Charrettes

Two public charettes provided  the business community and opportunity to give feedback  on comments received during the public input process, as well as improvements suggested and underway. Participants commented on five topics areas at each  charrette.  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 throughout the process.

Discussion Sheets/Topics:

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

The form below may be used to submit your comments – which may be anonymous if you choose.