Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Randall K. Nixon as Small Business Ombudsman. Nixon fills the vacancy created by Roger Campos, who recently became Assistant Secretary at the Department of Housing and Community Development.
Mr. Nixon has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and small business owner in Maryland. As an attorney and president of three successful companies, which he operated simultaneously, Mr. Nixon will share his strategic planning, business development, training, leadership, and business plan implementation skills as he works with small business owners across the state.
“Randall is an excellent choice for this important role because he has seen firsthand the challenges many business owners face,” said Governor Hogan. “I have every confidence that he will work hard to ensure that state government is responsive to the needs of business owners throughout our great state.”
“You have a completely different perspective when you are the one responsible for making the weekly payroll,” said Mr. Nixon. “I’m very excited to join the Hogan-Rutherford administration because they truly understand the needs of small business owners and want to improve the business climate in Maryland. I thank them for this tremendous opportunity.”
The Business Ombudsman is responsible for resolving problems encountered by businesses interacting with state agencies and facilitating responsiveness to business needs. The ombudsman maintains a central clearinghouse of business assistance programs and connects businesses with services or assistance programs. Mr. Nixon will collect and report data to the governor and General Assembly regarding trends that create barriers to business growth, and work with the appropriate stakeholders to develop smart, lasting solutions.
The Business Ombudsman is co-located within the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs in Crownsville. The two work collaboratively in support of the small business community.
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