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 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.
- Allegany County Economic Development
- Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
- Baltimore County Department of Economic Development
- Baltimore Development Corporation
- Calvert County Department of Economic Development
- Caroline Economic Development Corporation
- Carroll County Department of Economic Development
- Cecil County Office of Economic Development
- Charles County Economic Development Commission
- Dorchester County Economic Development Office
- Frederick County Office of Economic Development
- Garrett County Economic Development Department
- Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission
- Harford County Office of Economic Development
- Howard County Economic Development Authority
- Kent County Economic Development Office
- Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
- Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation
- Queen Anne’s County Office of Economic Development
- Salisbury/Wicomico Economic Development, Inc.
- Somerset County Economic Development Commission
- St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development
- Talbot County Office of Economic Development
- Worcester County Department of Economic Development
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:
- BWI Business Partnership
- Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
- Greater Baltimore Committee
- Greater Washington Board of Trade
- Mid-Shore Regional Council – Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot
- Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore – Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester
- Tri-County Council Southern Maryland – Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s
- Tri-County Council for Western Maryland – Allegany, Garrett and Washington
- Upper Shore Regional Council – Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s
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.