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.


Best state for gender equality


Best state for minority employment


Maryland cities among the top 10 most diverse


Most affordable LGBTQ-friendly place to live (Baltimore)

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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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