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:
Marland 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.
SBDC Headquarters - University of Maryland
Corridor Region SBDC - University of Maryland: Prince George’s, Montgomery, Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Howard counties
Eastern Region SBDC - Salisbury State University: Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties
Northern Region SBDC - Harford Community College: Harford, Carroll and Cecil counties
Southern Maryland SBDC - St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties
Western Maryland SBDC - Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties
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 Entreprenuer 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.
- ACTiVATE - ACTiVATE is all about a year-long program to train women with significant technical or business experience to be entrepreneurs and to create start-up companies from inventions from Maryland research institutions and federal agencies.
- 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.