Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (center), the Democratic nominee for governor, marches in the Gaithersburg Labor Day parade. (Jenna Johnson/The Washington Post)

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the Democratic nominee for governor, announced the formation of a business advisory council on Tuesday morning that he said will counsel his campaign on how to attract more businesses to Maryland and keep them there.

The council consists of 116 Maryland business leaders who have endorsed Brown and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. The formation of the council follows a series of meetings Brown and Ulman have had with small business owners and entrepreneurs.

“Working with business owners, both big and small, the Brown-Ulman Administration will nurture economic growth and development with targeted tax relief for entrepreneurs, manufacturers and small and mid-size businesses,” Brown said in a statement.

Brown’s competitor in the race, Republican Larry Hogan, has routinely criticized Brown for being part of an administration that has added dozens of new taxes and forced businesses to move to states with more attractive incentives.

Brown said Tuesday that he would focus on providing business relief to small and midsize companies that need it most, while Hogan would give “tax handouts to the biggest corporations.”

Brown made the announcement at Pottery Cove in Catonsville, a small business that allows customers to paint their own pieces of pottery.