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Making It Easier To Do Business

Maryland is continuing to better its highly ranked schools and culture of innovation.

Progress is a choice. Job Creation is a choice. Creating the conditions that allow our businesses to grow and prosper — this too is a choice.

In Maryland, we are — according to the US Chamber of Commerce — the #1 state in America for innovation and entrepreneurship. But we know that we can always do better.

When I talk to business leaders like Michael Bendler featured in the video below, they often tell me they need help with two things from their government: Access to a world-class workforce and easing the administrative burden on business.

Because Maryland’s greatest asset are the talents, skills, and education of our people, together we’ve made record investments in public education — even while making record cuts to our State’s budget.  Today, Education Week magazine says our schools are the best in America.

We are also investing to make college more affordable for more families.  The College Board says we’ve done more than any other state to hold down the cost of college tuition.

All of us can agree that we ought to be able to cut down on the amount of paperwork for businesses so that they can spend their time growing their businesses and putting more Marylanders to work. That’s the idea behind Maryland Made Easy and it’s why last week, we unveiled a new virtual “one-stop shop” for business licensing and registration.

This new Central Business Licensing program means one very important thing: If you’re an entrepreneur, instead of getting your new business registration reviewed in ten WEEKS, it’ll be reviewed in 5 to 7 DAYS if not sooner. 

We’re constantly looking for ways to make our government more efficient and to make Maryland even more business-friendly. CBL does both.

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Jeff Hawkins January 24, 2013 at 01:45 PM
This is a good idea, long overdue. It's always been a nightmare in the past to get a business going, especially in Montgomery County, at least that is what friends of mine who have attempted this in the past have told me. Anything to shorten the process, eliminate some red tape is a welcome thing....hope it helps!
Glen January 24, 2013 at 04:22 PM
"Maryland’s greatest asset are the talents, skills, and education of our people, together we’ve made record investments in public education — even while making record cuts to our State’s budget." Interesting language for an educated individual. The phrase "asset are" does not cut it grammatically. "Record cuts to our state budget"?? Either a mathematical error or a blatant lie? Here are the state budget numbers: 2008: 29.4 billion 2009: 30.7 billion 2010: 32.2 billion 2011. 32.6 billion 2012: 34.8 billion 2013: 35.5 billion 2014: 37.3 billion proposed We deserve better from our governor!
G-Man January 24, 2013 at 08:02 PM
He is running businesses out of the state with the largest corporate tax in the nation.
M. Sullivan January 28, 2013 at 03:59 PM
"Making it easier to do business" and O'Malley's name on the same page! What a joke!
Karl Schuub January 29, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Federal largess is good for Maryland. Wait for the day when the federal gov't actually does begin laying off and shrinking (which is inevitable) and watch the MD economy hit the skids. O'Malley's luck is that his destructive business policies are masked by having a handy and very generous neighbor right next door.
Penelope Patch January 30, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Karl, I couldn't agree with you more. We have been very fortunate to be able to ride it out on the coat tails of Uncle Sam. You better believe that if there was a mass lay off by the federal government, Maryland would be hurting big-time. Most educated people who can see through all of the smoke and mirrors can differentiate fact from fiction. I know many people who have packed it up and left the state to more tax and retirement-friendly states. I've been pondering it myself. O'Malley is fooling no one but himself, or maybe the fools that keep electing him.

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