Connect with the Maryland Small Business Development Center or dedicated teams from individual economic offices on a local level for information regarding financing, site selection, training and workforce development. The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE are also great resources for advice and counseling.

Seek Business Counseling & Training

SCORE

SCORE is a nonprofit association that matches business management counselor volunteers with small business owners in need of their expert advice. SCORE has volunteers in virtually every area of business and maintains a nationwide skills roster to help identify the best expert for a particular business.

You can meet in person with a volunteer mentor from your local SCORE chapter or find an email mentor who better suits your individual needs. SCORE chapters have eight locations in Maryland and also provide online training workshops for small businesses. Find a location near you.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration and its nationwide partner network offer programs and resources aimed at helping small businesses effectively compete in the marketplace to strengthen the U.S. economy overall. SBA offers businesses support through events, loan programs, educational resources and more.

Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC)

The SBDC provides Maryland entrepreneurs and small to mid-size businesses with advice, counseling and support. Visit the SBDC website to find the regional office closest to you and explore other resources they have to offer.

Connect with Local & Regional Economic Development Resources

Commerce Regional Representatives

The Maryland Department of Commerce has a regional team dedicated to working with the economic development offices in Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City to help businesses expand their workforce, physical locations and markets. Regional Representatives can provide information on Maryland programs and services, as well as workforce and technical resources and guidance on federal resources. They can also assist in facilitating customer and supplier connections and identifying sources of funding. Find a business development office near you.

Economic Development Offices - County

You can contact individual county economic development offices for specific details about topics such as site selection, financing and workforce development. They can also help you maximize your potential incentives, trade opportunities and potential tax credits.

Economic Development Offices and Planning Councils - Regional

Your Regional Economic Development Offices focus on fostering job creation, business retention and development, cooperation between leaders, and new investment in their respective regions:

Attend Business Events for Networking Opportunities

Explore business events on the Maryland event calendar.  These events take place all over the state each week and provide great learning and networking opportunities for Maryland’s businesses.