Networking & Support
Browse this page to be connected with economic development offices in Maryland, and explore other organizations and initiatives to support business in Maryland.
Browse Resources in the Maryland Entrepreneur Hub
Want to explore Maryland's programs for growing companies? The Maryland Entrepreneur Hub hosts thousands of resources for Maryland companies in an easy-to-find platform. Use the tool to find everything from incubators and accelerators, to tech commercialization programs, and opportunities to connect with other innovators.
Connect with Local and Regional Economic Development Organizations
Find contacts at local and regional economic development organizations.
Commerce Regional Representatives
The Maryland Department of Commerce has a regional team that is dedicated to working directly with the economic development offices in Baltimore City and Maryland’s 23 counties to help companies expand their markets, workforce, or physical locations. Regional representatives can provide information about Commerce programs and services, workforce and technical resources, and guidance on other state and federal resources. They can also help identify sources of funding, and facilitate customer/supplier connections and networking. Connect with us to find your regional representative.
County Economic Development Offices
Contact county economic development offices for assistance and information about topics such as financing, site selection, training, and workforce development. County offices can also help you make the most out of potential tax credits, incentives, and international trade opportunities.
- Allegany County
- Anne Arundel County
- Baltimore County
- Baltimore Development Corporation
- Calvert County
- Caroline Economic
- Carroll County
- Cecil County
- Charles County
- Dorchester County
- Frederick County
- Garrett County
- Harford County
- Howard County
- Kent County
- Montgomery County
- Prince George's County
- Queen Anne's County
- Salisbury/Wicomico County
- Somerset County
- St. Mary's County
- Talbot County
- Washington County
- Worcester County
Regional Economic Development Offices and Planning Councils
Regional economic development offices focus on fostering cooperation between leaders, business retention and development, job creation, and new investment in their respective regions. Explore the links below to learn more about Maryland’s regional economic development offices:
- BWI Business Partnership
- Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
- Greater Baltimore Committee
- Greater Washington Board of Trade
- Mid-Shore Regional Council – Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot
- Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore – Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester
- Tri-County Council Southern Maryland – Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's
- Tri-County Council for Western Maryland – Allegany, Garrett and Washington
- Upper Shore Regional Council – Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne's
Network at Business Events
Business events take place weekly throughout the state. These events provide great learning and networking opportunities for Maryland’s business community.
Find Business Counseling and Training
There are a variety of programs and organizations that provide business counseling and training to Maryland companies, including:
Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC)
The SBDC provides advice, counseling, and support to entrepreneurs and small to mid-size businesses across the state. Check out the SBDC website for resources and to access the regional office closest to you.
SCORE - Counselors to America’s Small Business
SCORE is a nonprofit association that matches volunteer business management counselors with small business owners in need of expert advice. SCORE has experts in virtually every area of business management and maintains a national skills roster to help identify the best counselor for a particular client.
You can meet face-to-face with a mentor from your local SCORE chapter or find and email mentor who best suits your individual needs. SCORE offers eight locations in Maryland, as well as online training workshops for small businesses. Find a chapter near you .
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration and its nationwide network of partners offer resources and programs targeting small businesses to help those companies effectively compete in the marketplace and strengthen the overall U.S. economy. SBA offers businesses support through loan programs, educational resources, and events.