About Us

A Vibrant Economy Is A Democrats Best Friend 

Our Mission

We serve as a unique forum for business people to support common-sense solutions, education, and effective governance.

The Democratic Business Council of Maryland (DemBizMD) provides opportunities for Democrats and like-minded Independents to meet and network with other professionals, as well as local, state, and federal elected officials and candidates. Additionally, DemBizMD hosts speakers and programs of interest to the Democratic business community.
 

 

Our Vision

The Democratic Business Council of Maryland (“DemBiz”) was established to provide a voice to business oriented democrats in Maryland. We believe that a vibrant economy is a Democrats best friend.  At DemBiz we work to change the perception that Maryland as not business friendly and to advocate for policies which are business friendly, but with a democratic bent. The organization was modeled from the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia which was established over 15 years ago and been very successful.

DemBiz Maryland holds meetings where democrat business owners can have constructive dialogues with elected leaders regarding business policies. We believe that the relationship between business and the democratic party is important. Business is jobs, business is the economy, business is our standard of living. We want a voice for those interests within the democratic party. 

For too long Maryland has been viewed as not being business friendly. Our founding members were tired of the perception that Maryland Dems are hostile to business and wanted to demonstrate that Maryland and its democrats welcome business.

We want to advocate for policies that are business friendly. We intend to do it without copying republicans. We do it better. We respect workers. We respect families. We respect diversity. Because of that we can and will build a better and more successful business environment.

Our History 

The Maryland Democratic Business Council (MD DemBiz) was founded in December 2015 as a sister organization to the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia to provide opportunities for Democrats and like-minded Independents to meet and network with other professionals and to hear from and interact with elected officials and candidates for local, state, and federal office. Additionally, we aim to host speakers and programs of interest to the Democratic business community.

2020 Board Members 

Jonathon Rowland 

President 

Rowland Strategies LLC

Mindy Kursban 

Vice President 

Family & Nursing Care

Matthew Lee 

President & CEO 

Fast Tech Inc 

Art Sackler 

Principal 

Sackler Brinkmann & Hughes 

Henry M Smith 

Professor of Education 

John Hopkins School of Education 

Delegate 

Maryland State House District 15

Founder & Director of Development 

Denizens Brewery Company 

Larry Arch

Julie Verratti 

Devang Shah 

Partner 

Law Offices of Shah & Kishore 

Lilly Qi 

Clifford M Cohen 

Principal 

Law Offices of Clifford M Cohen