MARYLAND ADVANTAGES

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


No matter your race, ethnicity, gender or sexuality — Maryland welcomes you. In fact, Maryland is the most diverse state on the East Coast, and home to the top three most diverse cities in the U.S. A diverse, equitable and inclusive environment makes Maryland a great place to live, and a great place to do business. As Governor Moore would say, we’re leaving no one behind.

#1

Best state for gender equality

#2

Best state for minority entrepreneurs

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Maryland cities among the top 10 most diverse

#5

Most affordable LGBTQ-friendly place to live (Baltimore)

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PROGRAMS FOR MINORITY AND WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES

Minority and women entrepreneurs have a wealth of resources at their disposal in Maryland.

Ensures contracting opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged small business owners. Learn More .

Two popular programs for minority and women owned businesses offered by the state of Maryland are: Maryland Small Business Development Fund Authority (MSBDFA)  and the Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Account- Video Lottery Terminal Fund (VLT) .

TEDCO's Social Impact Funds  are designed to engage and invest in economically underserved founders and communities.

There is a diversity of thought, experience and origin in Maryland that is key to innovation and success.

– Bill Rees, Vice President of Translational Sciences, Horizon

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