The Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance Program provides training and services to help eligible defense-dependent companies grow their businesses, increase profits and find new opportunities.
Department of Defense (DoD) procurement trends fluctuate and are unpredictable. In the event of overall DoD budget cuts, the cancellation of a major weapons platform, or the loss of a contract or grant, a defense contractor can insulate themselves by diversifying its revenue and customer base.
Please note: The application period for this program has ended. New applications are not currently being accepted at this time.
- Prepares contractors for entry into new commercial markets, domestically and internationally.
- Highly customized, FREE training opportunities in export assistance and skill building to sell to commercial markets for qualified participants.
- Subsidized consulting services (worth up to $10,000) for qualified participants.*
*NOTE: The MDDA program
does not provide a reimbursement or payment to the participants, but rather pays for either the partial cost of the services outlined in the Mentorship & Coaching Assistance section below. Participants are expected to invest time and funding in MDDA-sponsored commercialization projects.
Company must meet all of the following eligibility requirements to apply:
- At least 35% of annual revenue from DoD contracts
- Good standing with the state of Maryland
- More than one employee
- Located and operating in Maryland for at least one year
Assessment is a simple process that will determine a company's readiness to enter new markets. The company's industry sector and diversification interest will determine the selection of the assessment team. Available assessment teams may include:
- U.S. Export Assistance Center, Baltimore employees
- Maryland Commerce employees
- TEDCO employees
- Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) employees
- MD/DC District Export Council (DEC) representatives
Mentorship & Coaching Assistance:
- Direct assistance
for qualified assessed companies provided by Maryland/DC District Export Council and other service providers, including Maryland Manufacturing Expansion Partnership and Maryland
- Supportive diversification services will be valued at up to $10,000 of federal funding (per company), depending on need and cost of services identified.
- Eligible and participating companies will be required to contribute a 10% match to the amount of federal funding received for a total of up to $11,000 per company towards services.
*NOTE: The MDDA program does not provide a reimbursement or payment to the participants, but rather pays for either the partial cost of the services outlined in the Mentorship & Coaching Assistance section below. Participants are expected to invest time and funding in MDDA-sponsored commercialization projects.
Subsidized services could include:
MD/DC District Export Council (DEC)
This Council is a not-for-profit 501(C) 6, dedicated to growing MD/DC exports, and Maryland/DC DEC is committed to making the State of Maryland a leader in export assistance. The MD/DC DEC can provide the following services to qualified MDDA clients:
Four hours of executive coaching
to identify export needs.
ExporTech Program for export strategy development.
Consulting assistance on specific international business topics; including, but not limited to:
Export legal counseling,
International market identification/research,
Website globalization and marketing assistance for an international market.
Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
The Maryland MEP is a non-profit and part of the national NIST MEP network, dedicated to growing US manufacturing, and Maryland MEP is committed to making the State of Maryland a leader in manufacturing.
The Maryland MEP can provide the following services to qualified MDDA clients:
Technology Driven Market Intelligence (TDMI) focuses on leveraging technology to identify the technical viability and marketability of your products. Unlike traditional marketing research, TDMI uses a structured process to identify markets and trends, detail technical and user requirements, analyze options, and explore knowledge gaps.
Strategic Marketing workshop for companies that need to update/modify marketing materials for commercial space. Including marketing channels, web presences, etc.
Top-Line Growth including; market diversification, export, business valuation, strategy, expansion and lead generation, automation and robotics
Business Optimization including Lean, Six Sigma, quality, facility layout, and
Workforce Development including leadership development, workforce training, organizational effectiveness.
TEDCO provides resources and connections that early stage technology and life sciences companies need to thrive in Maryland. TEDCO can provide the following services to qualified MDDA clients:
- Participation in TEDCO's Executive Coaching Mentorship Program designed to facilitate a move towards consumer markets and commercialization.
- Companies will be matched with an executive coaching mentor based on their needs or interest area.
- This program is ideal for defense companies who are in an early-stage commercialization venture.
Maryland Defense Assistance Cybersecurity Assistance (DCAP) Program*
All DoD contractors must be compliant with DFARS and NIST 800-171 standards as of 12/31/17 or risk losing new or existing DoD contracts. Maryland Department of Commerce, through the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership is offering an assistance program for all qualified Maryland defense contractors to help assess and address for compliance with this standard.
This will included discounts and reimbursement for a NIST 800-171 Gap Analysis and funding reimbursement for technical assistance to pay for consulting and cybersecurity tools (e.g. hardware, software, etc.). Compliance with the NIST 800-171 standard will give your company a competitive advantage and strengthen Maryland's defense supply chain. To learn more and apply please visit our program page here.
*Note: The DCAP program is separate from the MDDA program but you can apply for assistance for both programs if you qualify. Companies may also qualify and apply for a Buy Maryland Cybersecurity (BMC) Tax Credit –
click here to find out more details and apply.
The application period for this program has ended. New applications are not currently being accepted at this time.
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