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Recruitment and Training

​​A variety of programs can help your business identify and train new workers, or upgrade the skills of your existing workers. Read on to learn about entrepreneurial training opportunities and find workforce programs that will help grow your business through recruitment and training.


EARN Maryland

EARN (short for Employment Advancement Right Now) Maryland is a state-funded, competitive workforce development grant program that can you help you get the skilled workforce you need to compete and grow in important industry sectors.

How does EARN Maryland work? It invests in strategic industry partnerships from key economic sectors in every region to sustain and grow middle class jobs. Job readiness training may include GED preparation, occupational skills development, literacy advancement, transportation and childcare for Maryland's hard-to-serve jobseekers.

Maryland Jobs Now

Need to learn the ropes about the services provided through Maryland's workforce investment system or to speak with a workforce expert? Check out Maryland Jobs Now (MJN), a network of workforce organizations that invest in employment and training strategies. MJN services and initiatives fill workforce needs while providing good-paying jobs to Marylanders.

MJN partners with the Governor's Workforce Investment Board, comprised of high-level, private sector executives who represent Maryland's 13 industry sectors. The network also partners with private-sector business-led local Workforce Investment Boards that serve local labor markets through 34 One-Stop Career Centers across the state. For instance, a One-Stop Career Center may counsel a worker who has lost a job and steer them towards the training they need to join an industry in high-demand.

Training Programs for Entrepreneurs

Looking to get some valuable entrepreneurial training? Our state is a great place for budding entrepreneurs and features many programs to develop your talent. Enroll in one of these programs and perhaps you can follow in the footsteps of Maryland big-time entrepreneurs like UnderArmour's Kevin Plank, PRS Guitars' Paul Reed Smith and Chesapeake Candle's Mei Xu.

  • 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.

  • Maryland Small Business Development Center - The SBDC provides training, counseling and support to entrepreneurs and small- to mid-size businesses across the state through their virtual classrooms and regional training classes.

  • Advance Maryland - Instead of offering traditional incentives like tax credits or real estate discounts, this program offers strategic information gathered with the company's guidance and specifically tailored to the company.

Partnership for Workforce Quality (PWQ)

This program encourages Maryland companies to invest in training for employees and provides reimbursable grants that match the training investments of eligible Maryland companies. PWQ funds are used for Maryland companies with 150 or fewer employees that include manufacturers, technology companies and those threatened by the pressures of increased foreign or domestic competition. The program assists these companies to provide:

  • Training in manufacturing, professional, scientific and technical services
  • Job-specific training and training to upgrade or retain existing employees; or
  • Training related to strategic goals and objectives of a company

Funds are extremely limited; for more information, call (410) 767-6300 or (800) 541-8549.

Credit Connections

Credit Connections is a training program for commercial bankers designed to increase lending throughout Maryland. The program leverages state and federal finance programs to enhance the credit of borrowers and lessen the risk assumed by lenders. Credit Connections features workshops by our Department, the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

Questions about the program? Contact an agency representative below or click to view their workshop curriculum presented at the Credit Connections training session.

Outplacement Assistance

Outplacement Assistance helps former workers transition to a new job and re-orient to the job market. DLLR's Professional Outplacement Assistance Center provides assistance to individuals in professional, executive, technical, managerial and scientific occupations. Maryland One-Stop Career Centers, part of the aforementioned Maryland Jobs Now network, matches job seekers and businesses using technology.

Maryland Workforce Exchange