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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Maryland Dept. of Commerce - Office of Small Business Resources

The Office of Small Business Resources is committed to helping business owners locate the tools they need to sustain, grow and prosper helping 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 and a host of other services
For general information, call (410) 767-6391 or download the Maryland Entrepreneur Resource Guide​. ​

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

​Maryland Entrepreneurs 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 start-up 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 start-up opportunity being developed at their institution. The list can also provide entrepreneurs their next start-up opportunity or a chance to network with and mentor other entrepreneurs.​​