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Are you a new or existing business looking for help to retain workers or expand, or branch out internationally? Are you considering Maryland for your next location? The Maryland Department of Commerce is here to help.

As the state's primary economic development agency, we stimulate private investment and create jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing workforce training and financial assistance to Maryland companies. The Department also promotes the state's many economic advantages and markets local products and services at home and abroad to spur economic development and international investment, trade and tourism.

​Key Services

  • Building and site location assistance
  • Finance programs, tax credits and job training grants
  • Business advocacy and consulting
  • Technology transfer
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Export consulting and marketing
  • Tradeshow and conference partnership

Annual Report

Click here to view the FY23 Annual Report. 

Leadership

Commerce Secretary Kevin Anderson   Screen Shot 2023-01-26 at 4.12.55 PM.png

A former business executive in organizations across the region, Secretary Kevin Anderson brings a robust background to the Department of Commerce, particularly in the areas of real estate, community development and educational technology. View his full bio here.


Deputy Secretary Signe Pringle 

As Deputy Secretary at Commerce, Signe Pringle works closely with the Secretary and leads a team of economic development professionals focusing on carrying out Department’s mission of attracting companies to the State, working with in-state companies to help them expand, and connecting companies with resources and partners on a local, national and international level. 

She brings with her more than 20 years of knowledge and experience of business development and management, and her most recent role was the Assistant Secretary for Commerce’s Division of Business and Industry Sector Development (BISD). She also previously served as the Director of the International Investment and Trade Office. Signe continues to oversee the functions of the BISD Division as well as provide oversight to the Division of Administration and Technology.

Assistant Secretary - Business and Industry Sector Development 

  • Heather Gramm - Assistant Secretary, Business and Industry Sector Development | 410-598-0842

Assistant Secretary - Marketing, Communications, Tourism, Film & The Arts

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Divisions Within the Department of Commerce

One of 20 agencies within Maryland's Executive Branch, the agency is ​structured into three divisions:

Outside of these divisions, the following units/individuals support the Maryland Department of Commerce

See our organizational chart for a view of how we're organized.

The Agency also has 13 public boards and commissions that provide recommendations and direction to Commerce. These boards focus on targeted groups and industry sectors such as small business, life sciences, federal facilities and manufacturing. They serve as a critical link to let the governor and our agency know the issues Maryland businesses are facing — and the best way to solve them.​

Our Customer Service Promise

The State of Maryland pledges to provide constituents, businesses, customers, and stakeholders with services in the following manner:
  • Friendly and Courteous:​​ We will be helpful and supportive and have a positive attitude and passion for what we do.
  • Timely and Responsive: We will be proactive, take initiative, and will try to anticipate your needs.
  • Accurate and Consistent: We will always aim for 100% accuracy, and be consistent in how we interpret and implement state policies and procedures.
  • Accessible and Convenient: We will continue to simplify and improve access to information and resources.
  • Truthful and Transparent: We will advance a culture of honesty, clarity, and trust.

Click here to complete a three-question customer experience survey. For more information on the State of Maryland's customer service program​, or to submit a suggestion, ​please visit Maryland.gov/CustomerService​.​