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Foreign Investment in Maryland

Interested in exploring the U.S. market or want to gain a better understanding of the investment opportunities that are available for you? Explore the resources provided below.

Global Gateway Program

The Global Gateway, Maryland's soft landing program, matches international prospects with local incubators across the state. The program provides international companies with the opportunity to test out new markets at an affordable rate, with access to business resources, educational programs, mentors and advisors, and/or networking events.  Learn more about the program here .

Foreign Direct Investment in Maryland

A truly global community, Maryland is home to some of the most diverse cities in the United States.  Foreign investors and their families are warmly welcomed with access to a wealth of cultural connections. For instance:

  • Close proximity to nearly 180 embassies
  • Opportunities to network with 900+ foreign-owned companies
  • A true melting pot of cultures - one out of every 6.5 Maryland residents were born overseas.
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The Maryland Department of Commerce has a long history of assisting businesses with foreign direct investment, overseeing 19 international offices. Our team can help you with:

  • Customized market research
  • Identifying investment opportunities
  • Introductions to potential partners
  • Site visits and meeting arrangements
  • Information on Maryland's business, governance, and regulatory framework
  • Workforce training

For more information about foreign direct investment in Maryland, contact Jessica Reynolds at

Maryland International Fact Sheet 

Maryland Innovation Lab

The Maryland Innovation Lab seeks to pair companies from across the globe with Maryland-based companies to bring new innovations to life. This joint project from L Marks, the World Trade Center Institute and the Maryland Department of Commerce will match companies to spend 10 weeks working together. The program will focus on a different industry sector every time a new cohort is convened. The first cohort will focus on challenges in food packaging and logistics, supply chain, and distribution.

Invest in a New Maryland Business as an Immigrant

Administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and governed by federal laws and regulations, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program  allows qualified investors to become eligible for green cards for themselves and their dependent family members. To qualify, individuals must invest $1 million in a new commercial enterprise that creates 10 jobs.

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Connect with a Global Business Expert

The Maryland Department of Commerce has staff members who specialize in global expansion in specific regions around the world. Please contact the following representatives to learn more about opportunities that exist in each area:

India, Southeast Asia, Australia

Mia Romeo


UK, Africa, Middle East

Brian Castleberry


Canada & Latin America

Lorena Rivera


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