We live in an age where partnerships are critical to the success of a region.  The Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber prides itself on more than six decades of forging partnerships to create opportunities and solve problems.  We have developed excellent working relationships with each of these agencies/entities, and commend their personnel and resources to you.  If we may provide a virtual introduction to any of them, please let us know.

Here’s a quick look at resources that every business should review and become knowledgeable about, depending on where you are located and the interests/needs you have:

Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED)

Maryland's one-stop economic development shop strives to attract new businesses, stimulate private investment, encourage the expansion and retention of existing companies and provide Maryland business with workforce training and financial assistance. The Department markets local products and services at home and abroad.

Key Programs & Services
  • Business information and economic analysis
  • Site location services for relocations and expansions
  • Incentive tax credits and training grants
  • Finance and training programs
  • Consulting services
  • Foreign direct investment promotion
  • Export assistance
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act assistance

Maryland State Data Center (MSDC)

The Maryland State Data Center (SDC) is an official partner with the U.S. Census Bureau. The Maryland Department of Planning coordinates the SDC program in Maryland.  The SDC monitors development trends, analyzes social, economic and other characteristics and prepares population, housing, employment, labor force, and income projections, which provide the baseline for planning for growth and development in the State.

Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA)

The MIA's goal is to provide efficient, effective service to both the consumers of insurance products and the insurance industry. The MIA best serves its core constituents by assuring fair treatment of consumers. This consumer protection begins by ensuring the availability of insurance coverage at fair prices and extends to issues of solvency and fair sales, claims and settlement practices.

The agency strives to increase public understanding of the vital role insurance plays in the daily lives of Maryland citizens and businesses. Insurance is the principal means of managing risks. While it is not possible to eliminate risks arising from poor health, auto accidents, home damage and other unexpected occurrences, one may minimize its impact by purchasing appropriate insurance coverage.

Though the MIA cannot recommend a particular policy or insurance company, it can help you learn what types of coverage are available, at what cost, and assist you if you have a complaint about how your insurance company responds when you file a claim.

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (DLLR)

The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, providing a safety net and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the demands of Maryland’s dynamic economy.

Maryland Office of the Comptroller (MOC)

The principal duty of this office is to collect taxes. With a budget of $110 million, the agency collects approximately $16 billion a year in state and local tax revenue and provides 12 branch offices throughout the state.

The major revenue sources are individual and business income taxes and sales and use taxes. The agency also collects taxes on motor fuel, estates, admissions and amusement, and alcohol and tobacco. It also tests motor fuel to ensure the quality of the product for the consumer.

By enforcing the collection of use tax, the comptroller's goal is to provide a level playing field for local businesses in competing with out-of-state retailers who sell through catalogs and on the Internet. Enforcement agents control the smuggling of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol into the state.

The comptroller audits taxpayers for compliance, handles delinquent tax collection, and enforces license and unclaimed property laws. The agency publicizes forgotten bank accounts, insurance benefits and other unclaimed assets of taxpayers.

The office provides information technology services critical to the daily operation of most state agencies. Acting as Maryland's chief accountant, the comptroller pays the state's bills, maintains its books, prepares financial reports, and pays state employees.

Maryland State Department of Assessments & Taxation (SDAT)

The Taxpayer Services' Corporate Charter/Charter Legal Review unit is custodian of documents relating to the organization and ownership of many types of business entities that are required to file documents with the State. These documents include charters for Maryland corporations and qualifications and registrations for foreign corporations. The unit is also the custodian of security interest (UCC) filings.

Maryland Department of General Services (DGS)

The mission of the Maryland Department of General Services is to provide leading-edge professional and technical services to keep State and local government working today and in the future.

DGS does this by creating safe and secure work environments; designing, building, leasing, managing and maintaining facilities; leading energy conservation efforts; procuring goods and services; and providing essential functions such as fuel management, disposition of surplus property and records storage.

The State of Maryland has developed two separate small business programs to provide greater access and opportunity for small businesses seeking business with the State.

Small Business Reserve Program

The Small Business Reserve Program specifically targets small businesses registered with the Department where certain procurements may be designated as small business reserve only. For procurements designated as such, only certified small businesses will be awarded such procurements. This MAKES IT FAIR FOR small businesses SINCE they are only competing against other small businesses.

Small Business Preference Program

The Small Business Preference Program allows certified small businesses to enjoy a price preference over non-certified small businesses competing for the same contract award. In addition to a small business preference, small businesses that are veteran owned can enjoy an additional preference and small businesses that are service disabled veteran owned can enjoy an even greater preference.

Registration for the Small Business Reserve and Preference Programs are easy and can be done on-line quickly. Detailed information about the program, including qualifications, agencies that participate and rules regarding the program can also be found on the site. Currently only seven thousand small businesses take advantage of these programs

Small Business Administration (SBA, Maryland Office)

Provides extensive information on starting and managing a business; loans and grants; various aspects of contracting with the federal government, prime contractors, etc; sources of local business counseling and training; and much more!

 

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

The SCORE Association “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association comprised of 11,500 volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. These services are offered at no fee, as a community service.

 

Maryland Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. SBDC services include, but are not limited to, assisting small businesses with financial, marketing, production, organization, engineering and technical problems and feasibility studies. All services given at SBDCs are free and confidential. Additional low cost training options  are available.

Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP)

Maryland PTAP assists Maryland small businesses in how to do business with federal, state, and local government agencies. This assistance is provided at no cost to the small business owner. Small businesses (as defined by the SBA - Small Business Administration) that have a product or service needed by a government agency are welcome to apply for services.

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center is funded, in part, by the Department of Defense through the Defense Logistics Agency's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the University of Maryland and other local agencies.

Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA)

The mission of the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) is facilitating minority business enterprise activities through coordinating and promoting government programs aimed at strengthening and preserving the state’s 200,000 minority and women owned businesses. GOMA is also responsible for overseeing the work of the state agencies as they plan and carry out projects that are intended to overcome special problems related to minority business enterprise participation initiatives.

As the state's principal advocates for minority businesses, we help minority business owners who are seeking state certification and state procurement opportunities. We also help minority business owners who believe they have been treated unfairly by a state agency or other entity.

We provide referrals to agencies and other entities that have programs to assist minority business owners in getting the services they need to start, develop and grow.

Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC)

AAEDC’s priority is to support the growth and success of Anne Arundel County businesses. If you are a business in need of assistance with financing, real estate, workforce training and recruitment, permitting, small business counseling, or other issues, please allow our team of professionals to help.  Our services are free of charge, confidential, and address the challenges of today’s business environment.  Let us help you meet your business needs today!

Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA)

In our privatized role as the County's economic development agency, the Authority assists businesses with land and building selection, financing, employee recruitment and training, permit and regulatory issues, and provides other development support services.

Montgomery County Department of Economic Development (MCDED)

Montgomery County’s highly-successful Business Innovation Network nurtures and grows young entrepreneurs into thriving county employers and its nationally renowned 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve helps protect, promote and support our diverse agribusinesses.  It also has an award-winning Small Business Mentorship Program that pairs new business owners with successful business leaders and a Local Small Business Reserve Program helps ensure that local businesses get their share of county procurement contracts. In addition, amny other services are provided.

Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (PGCEDC)

Under authority of the County Executive, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), provides: the right combination of investment incentives to attract new businesses; access to support services and capital to help businesses grow; and information on procurement opportunities to enable businesses to sustain their growth. The EDC is committed to promoting economic development, expanding business opportunities, and providing assistance to businesses interested in locating their principal office or base of operations in Prince George’s County.

BRAC (Base) Business Initiative (BBI)

The BRAC Business Initiative (BBI) actively engages in defining the environment, identifying the obstacles and documenting specific actions required by small businesses desiring to do work with the Department of Defense and/or with supporting contractors. The BBI provides the small and minority businesses of the Fort Meade Region with a living “terrain map” that clearly illustrates the opportunities and the obstacles imbedded into the Fort Meade contracting environment. To become a member (“Partner Company”) of the BRAC (Base) Business Initiative and to be added to email distribution, all one needs to do is register in the BBI Match-Up Database.