Maryland lawmakers host first ever small business hack-a-thon
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – On Wednesday, lawmakers with the Maryland General Assembly, and other state officials hosted the first ever small business policy hack-a-thon, in order to help businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Groups made up of students, business owners, members of the public, and more presented their ideas before a panel to combat the economic hardship that small businesses have been facing in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and make sure they recover from this crisis stronger than ever. Lawmakers tell 47 ABC teams focused on workforce development, childcare, the small business ecosystem, minority and women owned businesses, and nonprofit support. They add that the best solutions could even impact legislation and could be introduced to the Maryland General Assembly during the 2021 legislative session.
“It gets new ideas out front and center and it kind of pre-vets the ideas from the people who are on the front lines. I think we’re going to have creative ideas, new ideas, and like I said hopefully practical ideas that are doable on a shoestring budget,” said Senator Katie Fry Hester (D-District 9).
Officials add that this is the first of its kind approach to public policy for the State of Maryland, and they say they hope it will be a model for public engagement in Maryland policy making in the future.