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Small Business & Entrepreneur Resources

​​​​​The Office of Small Business Resources is committed to helping entrepreneurs locate the tools they need to sustain, grow and prosper. The office helps business owners navigate a path through a variety of government programs, private organizations, community partnerships and business service providers. ​​Services include:​MarylandEntrepreneurResourceGuideAd.jpg

  • Navigating local, state and federal government regulations and processes
  • Identifying and connecting to state and federal resources
  • Understanding permit and licens​​e requirements​​
  • Accessing state and federal financing programs
  • Providing tools to determine the perfect site or office space for your business
For general information, call (410) 767-6391 or download the Maryland Entrepreneur Res​ource Guide​. ​

Startup Support

Maryland Entrepreneur Resource List  

The Maryland Entrepreneurs Resource List​ is a listing of entrepreneurs who are available in the Maryland area to assist with technology or biotechnology startup companies. The list can be used by innovators who need an entrepreneur to commercialize their technology or by university and federal laboratory technology transfer professionals who want to identify management for a startup opportunity being developed at their institution. The list can also provide entrepreneurs their next startup opportunity or a chance to network with and mentor other entrepreneurs.​​

Network of Incubators

Maryland has more than 30 incubators, which provide companies with workspaces and resources and serve as hubs of innovation for the state's robust network of startups. Many incubators are mixed-use and others are industry-specific for companies in markets ranging from education technology to clean technology. Explore the state's incubators using the incubator search tool.

​​Maryland Patent Database

The Maryland Patent Database helps connect entrepreneurs and investors with innovative patents that are poised for commercialization. ​Explore the Patent Database​.

Counseling and Advice

There are many variables to consider and many choices to make when starting a business. Don’t try to make these decisions on your own. Many organizations offer counseling services to startups. Tapping into their advice and experience will improve your chances of success.

Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC)​

Provides advice, counseling and support to entrepreneurs and small to mid-size businesses across the state. The network, a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of Maryland College Park, links private enterprise, government, higher education and local economic development organizations to provide management, training and technical assistance to Maryland’s small businesses.

Five regional offices and 20 statewide locations counsel and train aspiring and existing small businesses to resolve organizational, financial, marketing, technical and regulatory issues.

​SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business​

Operating under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE is a nonprofit association that matches volunteer business-management counselors with small business owners in need of expert advice. SCORE has experts in virtually every area of business management and maintains a national skills roster to help identify the best counselor for a particular client.  

You can meet face-to-face with a mentor from your local SCORE chapter or find an email mentor who best suits your individual needs. SCORE offers eight locations in Maryland and also more than 30 online training workshops on topics for small businesses. Visit SCORE's Web site to find a chapter near you. 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Every day, the U.S. Small Business Administration and its nationwide network of partners help millions of potential and current small business owners start, grow and succeed. Resources and programs targeting small businesses provide an advantage necessary to help small businesses effectively compete in the marketplace and strengthen the overall U.S. economy.

SBA offers help in the following areas:

  • Starting a Business
  • ​Financing a Business
  • Growing a Business
  • Opportunities in Contracting
  • Recovering From Disaster

 Other Entrepreneur Training Resources

  • University of Maryland - Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship - Helps entrepreneurs develop and grow successful companies through professional consulting services and programs.
  • Hinman CEOs - A living-learning program in an incubator-like setting that helps University of Maryland, College Park students start their own companies.
  • Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship - UMBC's academic environment, research, education and experience in economic development provide a strong foundation for entrepreneurs.
  • Entrepreneurship Studies Institute (ESI) - Anne Arundel Community College's ESI provides resources to help aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners start, manage and grow successful business ventures.
  • Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES @ NIH)​ - The Advanced Studies in Technology Transfer is an open enrollment program with class credits transferable into various MBA & MS degree programs at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Graduate School and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Biotechnology Education. Online registration for Spring semester classes is now open.