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Elrich and Katz Encourage Business Owners to Take the 4Business Survey

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 20, 2019

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Montgomery County officials are encouraging business owners to take the 4Business Climate Survey before it closes on Sept. 30.

The survey is posted on the County’s website and it is available in English and Spanish. The 4Business Climate Survey is part of the Benchmarking to Be the Best for Business initiative. Responses will help County officials determine what actions to take to spur businesses to open, expand and thrive here. Survey responses will also be utilized to strengthen relations between the business community and County government.

“It’s important that business owners take the survey and let us know what actions we can take to help them locate, grow and succeed in Montgomery County,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “Based on feedback received during the 4Business listening sessions, we have already taken action, and this survey is the next step as we continue the work to enhance the County’s business environment. My message to businesses is that we need to hear from you. Please take the survey and let us know your thoughts about doing business in and with Montgomery County.”

The 4Business Climate Survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and includes four sections: general background about businesses; feedback on the business environment in the County; experience with the County procurement requirements; and ease of access to government. It was developed with support and input from focus sessions with representatives from the business community.

On Monday, Sept. 23, there will be a help session from 1 to 3 p.m. for those who need assistance filling out the survey at the Department of Permitting Services training room. Spanish interpreters will be available. The training room is located on the second floor at 255 Rockville Pike in Rockville.

The survey follows six 4Business listening sessions that were held around the County. Dozens of business owners participated in the listening sessions, and transcripts of those sessions are posted on the County’s 4Business website.

County Council Vice President Sidney Katz is working alongside County Executive Elrich on the 4Business initiative.

“I am pleased that the survey is also available in Spanish and encourage anyone who has questions or needs assistance filling out the survey to attend the upcoming training session,” said Council Vice President Katz. “I look forward to having many more responses to guide us as we begin to identify the best ways to implement the necessary programmatic and legislative strategies to encourage businesses to locate, expand, and thrive in Montgomery County.”

The survey is posted in English here, and in Spanish here.

Later this fall, Elrich and Katz will hold two 4Business charrettes to discuss the results of the survey and input collected during the listening sessions, and how the County proposes to specifically respond to the issues that have been raised.  The charrettes are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Upcounty Regional Services Center, and Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Wheaton Community Recreation Center.

The 4Business Climate Survey will be available on the County’s 4Business website through Monday, Sept. 30

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Release ID: 19-313
Media Contact: Sonya Burke;  240-777-6531