Montgomery County has recently launched the 4Business Climate Survey, which is the latest information-gathering tool to hit the county’s business scene. The survey is a joint venture of County Executive Marc Elrich and Council Vice President Sidney Katz. It includes 55 questions and should be completed in 20 minutes or less.
As with all things County related, the results will be used to improve the business climate in Montgomery County. If you are interested in learning more about the county’s business initiatives, check out the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, the county’s official business portal. In addition to the aforementioned survey, Elrich and Katz will also host two more 4Business charrettes this fall. These are also a great chance for businesses to let their voices be heard.
One of the most interesting aspects of the 4Business Climate Survey is that it was a collaborative effort with the business community. This includes a series of “listening sessions” which took place over the last two months. A final listening session was thrown into the mix on the last day of the survey.
Some of the key questions asked included: what are the most important benefits and challenges facing Montgomery County businesses? What are some ways Montgomery County government can help businesses grow? And what are some ways businesses can help improve the quality of life for our residents?
The most important lesson of the 4Business Climate Survey is that the government’s got its work cut out for it in order to attract new business and retain existing ones. To this end, the aforementioned four-month long listening sessions and subsequent survey are a great way to get the message across to the business community that County government is here to help.