Maryland is the best state in the country to start and grow a business. Explore these resources to help you conduct market research and create your business plan.

Resources for Writing a Business Plan

Performing market research and planning ahead can help ensure your business’ success. You should have a good idea of the product or service you will be providing, what type of demand exists for it, and who your target customer is.

The following organizations are great resources for getting started, refining business concepts, and familiarizing yourself with some basic tools, such as business plans, finances, and insurance. Some of them provide free training programs, online classes, and networking opportunities that help aspiring and existing small-business owners make smart decisions.

Maryland Small Business Development Center Network

The Maryland Small Business Development Center Network provides sound advice, consulting and support to entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state.

U.S Small Business Administration

The U.S Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.


SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

Compare Maryland Counties

These Maryland resources also provide helpful data and statistics broken down by county and geographic region.

  • The Maryland Data Explorer uses information from multiple state agencies and the U.S. Census Bureau to help compare and contrast Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions. Sets of data include demographics, education, taxes, geography, transportation, quality of life, and workforce.
  • The Office of Workforce Information and Performance partners with the economic development community to analyze workforce and economic data, and make that information easily accessible to businesses. This data can be broken down by county and geographic region.
  • Looking for even more information? Check out the Document Library to search through hundreds of documents including program reports, economic facts for counties, employers and industry brochures, and more.