Business Start Up Resources

Federal Resources


SCORE offers free face-to-face consultations with a business professional who can answer questions about starting a new business. They also offer on-site evaluations at your place of business, as well as low-costing workshops that focus on a variety of issues. Visit or call (202) 272-0390.


Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA provides information on starting a business, business plans, financing, and more, and provides links to information on licensing, taxes and workers compensation regulations by state. Visit or call (800) 827-5722.


Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The SBDC offers sound 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. Visit or call (301) 403-0501.



State of Maryland Resources


Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (MD DBED)
This department provides several funding programs to help businesses with loans and grants. Visit or call 410-767-6300. Many other programs are available for small businesses, minority and disadvantaged businesses, agriculture, transportation and more.


Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (MD DHCD)
Provides financing, tax credits and other programs to businesses who meet criteria, including locating in Enterprise or Empowerment Zones, hiring from qualified low-income groups, encouraging employees’ use of mass transit and purchasing a home near the workplace, etc. Visit


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   Choose Maryland -

   State License -

   State Checklist -

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   eMaryland Marketplace -

   DOT's Office of Minority Business Enterprise -

   MD Governor's Office of Minority Affairs -



Montgomery County Resources

Montgomery County Business Information Center
Montgomery County’s Business Information Center is dedicated to serving businesses in the County with education, counseling and assistance with applications for procurement, financing, and more. The center also provides access to books, magazines and online resources for businesses, as well as a full calendar of business seminars. Additional information can be accessed online through two sites here and here. The Montgomery County Business Resource Center is located in the Rockville Regional Library at 99 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Md. Or, at (240) 777-0001.

Montgomery County Department of Economic Development – Small Business Services
The department offers counseling, legal assistance, and training to small and minority businesses that are getting started or moving here. Financial resources available include the Small Business Revolving Loan Fund, Economic Development Fund, Technology Growth Fund, and Microenterprise Funds. Visit for more information.


Montgomery County's Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP)
The LSBRP ensures that all County departments set aside a minimum of 10 percent of procurements for local small businesses. The Program is administered by the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development. Businesses can apply online at or call (240) 777-2000.