About Maryland Made Easy

Maryland Made Easy is an inter-agency effort to make it easier to do business in Maryland. Launched in January 2011, Maryland Made Easy includes specific strategies to help improve Maryland’s business environment by streamlining processes, simplifying regulations and improving communication.In addition to stakeholder process reviews, Maryland Made Easy includes the following planned efforts:

  • Central Business Licensing (CBL) Initiative: Business & Economic Development is spearheading the creation of an online system to consolidate all State permits and licenses and provide businesses with a one-stop shop to complete and submit various applications regardless of agency or type of business.
  • FastTrack: Program designed to expedite state review of qualifying development projects to allow high priority projects to receive increased Executive attention so that economic benefits are realized as quickly as possible.
  • State Highway Administration (SHA) new Access Permit Process: following recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on Highway Access Permits, the new process makes it easier for businesses to obtain permits for development projects.

On June 30, 2010, an executive order was signed creating the Commission on Small Business; charged with identifying permitting, licensing and regulatory barriers to business success in Maryland. The Commission is conducting a series of comprehensive regulatory reviews to identify specific areas for improvement and is working with the State and legislatures to identify areas of regulation that can be clarified, streamlined or eliminated. A full review of the Commission’s recommendations to date can be found in the Small Business Task Force Report.