Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is visiting businesses throughout the County this summer to see how they have persisted throughout the COVID-19 health crisis and how they can be helped during the recovery as the County celebrates “Small Business Summer.”
Throughout the summer, the County’s economic development assistance programs will continue to help small businesses with their future needs. The County will be sharing news of new businesses as well as recognizing legacy businesses and businesses marking milestone anniversaries.
“The backbone of our County's economy is small and family-owned businesses and they have had a very difficult year,” said County Executive Elrich. “We want to engage these businesses, promote them, and do everything in our power and resources to help them recover economically. We need to support them this summer and year-round—especially this year. I encourage all Montgomery County residents and visitors to patronize our small and family-owned business, help them succeed and keep our money in our community.”
As part of the celebration, County Executive Elrich is visiting commercial areas and local businesses throughout the summer months to encourage the community to buy and shop local. Business spotlights will be promoted on the County’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
County Executive Elrich launched the initiative by visiting Shop Local, a retail incubator in Rockville Town Center funded in part by the County through the Maryland Women’s Business Center with six businesses selling specialty gifts and foods (Sweet by Caroline, Amaya Accessories, Costa Cosmetics, Lamimi Boutique, Chocolicious, Yul D’UZ). Afterward, he met with Nature by Trejok and Saint Valley, two of the incubator’s graduates who now have their own stores nearby.
“It is time to get out and take your family to local parks and cultural venues, patronize local restaurants and other businesses that have worked hard over the past 15 months,” said County Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Jerome Fletcher. “Residents must continue to be safe, but it is also time to start enjoying the quality of life that is so valuable here in Montgomery County.”
The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, Visit Montgomery and area chambers of commerce are partnering in the initiative to #RediscoverMoCo and celebrate #SmallBizSummer.
Business owners are encouraged to Share Your Story to be a part of this summer celebration of local businesses. To do that, go to https://seam.ly/vd61zTDS.
For more business resources, visit the Montgomery County Business Portal at montgomerycountymd.gov/biz.