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Start a Business

​​​​​​​​​Starting a business can be a challenge, but Maryland makes it as easy as possible to get your business up and running by working across state agencies to remove barriers to business success. We are here to help you with:​​

  • The Process – Learn about our convenient online registration, licen​​​se search tools and all the major steps needed to make your business official in the state.

  • Licensing​ ​ ​​A state business license is required for most businesses. See licensing examples and search for statewide and county licenses. 

  • Resources – Many organizations are out there to help you if you get stuck in your quest to start a business, including the Small Busines​s Development Center, SCORE, Small Business Administration, and local and federal resources. Find help here.

  • FAQs – From planning your business to finding financing to choosing a name and structure, we've compiled the most frequently asked questions. Check out the video playlist below or see the full list on the FAQ's page​.



"We're a small agriculture business in Garrett County, Maryland that has survived and is thriving. We were the very first goat cheese maker in Maryland and now there are five. We love that we're a part of the mid-Atlantic's cheese character" - Firefly Farms​ President Mike Koch