Rockville, Md., May 12, 2022 - David Blair, Democratic candidate for Montgomery County Executive, underscored the importance of creating a more supportive climate for local small businesses at tonight’s Montgomery County Small Business Association County Executive Forum.
The meeting was well attended by small business owners and community leaders who voiced that despite its resources and talented residents, Montgomery County remains a difficult place to grow a small business. From 2007 to 2020, Montgomery County lost 669 businesses while the rest of the region gained more than 25,000, including gains of 4,123 businesses and 1,507 by Fairfax and Howard Counties, respectively. Blair’s comprehensive Economic Development plan released earlier in his campaign details strategies to create a new culture that makes Montgomery County a partner to local businesses and a destination for good-paying job growth.
“As County Executive, I will create a Montgomery County Business Bill of Rights to ensure our business partners are served with exceptional attention and efficiency,” Blair said. “I’ll also improve our procurement so County Government is doing more business with quality local small businesses and keeping more of our resources local.”
Montgomery County has been the target of longstanding criticism that it is a difficult place to start a business and doesn’t do enough to support small businesses. Questions at the forum referred to difficult experiences small business owners have had with the County Government. Blair told the audience he’s running for County Executive to put his proven executive leadership skills to work to make Montgomery County the economic engine of the region.
“For everyone in Montgomery County to have a chance at prosperity and for us to lead the nation in quality of life, we must address the root causes preventing the growth of good-paying jobs and private-sector investment,” Blair said. “We must value local small businesses as partners. We can’t keep waiting. It’s critical we support small businesses now with the capital and resources they need so they can grow good-paying jobs in our community.”
The Democratic Primary for County Executive will be July 19, 2022. Early Voting will run from July 7 through July 14, 2022.