Regional Resources

Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
Their mission is to support the growth and success of Anne Arundel County businesses. Businesses in need of assistance with financing, real estate, workforce training and recruitment, permitting, small business counseling, or other issues, should contact their team of professionals.

Quality of Life in Anne Arundel County
Overview of the county and its offerings from education to recreation.

Living in Anne Arundel County
A Citizen Information Center with updates about what is going on in Anne Arundel County.

Education
The Anne Arundel County Public School system provides a challenging and rewarding educational experience for every child. In addition to the excellent public education that the county offers, it is also home to a number of private schools.

Healthcare
Anne Arundel County is home to cutting-edge healthcare facilities that are responsive to the growing needs of the community.

Baltimore City

Baltimore [City] Development Corporation (BDC)
The BDC serves as a catalyst for continued economic growth, job creation and revitalization in Baltimore City.

Live Baltimore
Live Baltimore is the most comprehensive organization focused on marketing the City of Baltimore as a great place to live.

Education
Education is an important aspect of city life. More and more families are choosing to remain in the city to raise their children because they desire to be in a diverse, environmentally conscious and culturally rich environment.

Healthcare
Healthcare is one of the region’s strengths. The area’s healthcare institutions, both nationally and locally recognized, boast strong reputations for quality care and cutting-edge research.

Baltimore County

Baltimore County Department of Economic Development
Baltimore County has the resources and the know-how to help businesses thrive. The diverse business community of more than 22,000 companies can be found on corporate campuses in White Marsh, Hunt Valley and Owings Mills, in research and development facilities at UMBC and Towson University, inside federal headquarters of the Social Security Administration and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and in the neighborhood shops of our traditional downtowns.

Education
Baltimore County is one of the most educated communities in the United States. Our universities and secondary schools consistently achieve providing Baltimore County with a well-educated home-grown workforce.

Healthcare
The Baltimore County region is home to renowned medical institutions such as the University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins. Many regional hospitals have received high rankings nationally so that the area is able to offer the highest quality health care available.

Carroll County

Carroll County Department of Economic Development
Whether a business is new or expanding or needs assistance, the Carroll County Department of Economic Development will help. They are a results-oriented team, committed to matching business needs with the best possible location and creative programs that give them a competitive edge.

Quality of Life
Carroll County is an excellent place to live, work and raise a family. You will find strong family-oriented communities offering a wide variety of safe, affordable places to live, state-of-the-art medical facilities and a high performing school system.

Education
Carroll County boasts a wide variety of educational institutions within the county for students of all levels including public schools, private schools, career and technology centers, Carroll Community College, and McDaniel College. There are also many educational institutions that are just an easy commute away.

Healthcare
Living and working in Carroll County means access to superb health care, both locally and regionally.

Cecil County

Cecil County Office of Economic Development
Cecil County is an outstanding location for business and living. It is located in the northeastern corner of Maryland, at the top of the Chesapeake Bay. The largely rural county is situated midway between Baltimore and Philadelphia with connections to major mid-Atlantic cities via a superior network of transportation infrastructure.

Cecil County Resource Center
Provides links to services provided by the Cecil County Government including education and healthcare.

Harford County

Harford County Office of Economic Development
Harford County, Maryland is part of the Greater Baltimore Region, strategically located on I-95 in the heart of the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic United States markets. Harford County's location, highly skilled workforce and progressive, business-friendly environment offers the ultimate setting to a vast array of companies and industry sectors.

Living in Harford County
Harford County’s convenient location on the I-95 corridor in Northeastern Maryland at the top of the Chesapeake Bay has made it one of Maryland’s most desirable locations for residents and businesses. Boundless opportunities for exploration and entertainment can be found in its vibrant parks, bustling sports complexes and along scenic waterways that provide a superior quality of life.

Education
The Harford County Public School (HCPS) System is dedicated to providing a quality instructional program to all students. The achievement of this goal is dependent on effective communication with our community.

Healthcare
Harford County is home to two hospitals: Specialized Harford Memorial Hospital and the new state-of-the-art Upper Chesapeake Health Center.

Howard County

Howard County Economic Development Authority
The Authority assists businesses with land and building selection, financing, employee recruitment and training, permit and regulatory issues, and provides other development support services.

Quality of Life
Located in the heart of Central Maryland between Baltimore and Washington, Howard County offers the charm of a historic past mixed with the excitement of a cosmopolitan community. A successful melding of old and new, urban and rural, Howard County makes everyone feel at home.

Education
The Howard County school system, widely recognized for its excellence, is a source of tremendous local pride. The county’s public school system consistently ranks first among the state’s 24 school districts, based on student performance on the demanding Maryland School Assessment tests.

Healthcare
Howard County's combined characteristics have made it a natural location for numerous physicians, and the HMOs and outpatient care facilities of some of the region's leading health care organizations. Anchoring these resources is a state-of-the-art hospital, Howard County General, which merged with Johns Hopkins Medicine in 1998.

Other Resources

Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development maintains current information on the cost of living, health care, cultural resources and more valuable information.

Visit Baltimore has a calendar of events and wealth of information on dining the arts, sports and discounts.


State/Regional Business Organizations

Leadership Maryland (410) 841-2101
Leadership Maryland creates a statewide network of informed and engaged leaders who are committed to developing workable solutions to the challenges facing the communities and citizens of Maryland. Originally created under the auspices of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce in 1992 as a separate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit subsidiary, Leadership Maryland became an independent organization in 1997.

Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (410) 788-0333
Founded in 1992, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is a coalition of more than 100 leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland.

Maryland Chamber of Commerce (410) 269-0642
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is Maryland’s leading statewide business advocacy organization. Our 860 member companies employ more than 442,000 people in the state. The Mission of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce is to maximize opportunities for its members and their employees to grow and prosper.

Maryland Workforce Investment Board
The GWIB is responsible for developing policies and strategies to form a coordinated workforce system from a variety of education, and employment and training programs. It brings together and focuses various workforce development partners and stakeholders on two key outcomes - a properly prepared workforce that meets the current and future demands of Maryland employers, and providing opportunities for all Marylanders to succeed in the 21st century workforce.

Maryland World Class Consortia (410) 333-6609
The Consortia is a collaborative effort: a non-profit organization built and sustained through the involvement of state and local government, expert practitioners and service providers, and a diverse collection of member companies (manufacturing, aerospace and defense, engineering, financial service firms, health care providers, commercial and food products, and many others).

MEDA (410) 575-6027
The MEDA membership includes economic development practitioners employed by government, business, chambers of commerce and other professionals with an interest in the economy of Maryland. Through its regular meetings, special programs and projects, members address such diverse issues as local planning, workforce, transportation, international trade, tourism and finance.

MEDCO (410) 625-0051
The General Assembly intends that MEDCO operate and exercise its corporate powers in all areas of the State; exercise its corporate powers to assist governmental units and state and local economic development agencies to contribute to the expansion, modernization and retention of existing enterprises in the state as well as attraction of new business to the state; cooperate with workforce investment boards, private industry councils, representatives of labor and governmental units in maximizing new economic opportunities for residents of the state; and accomplish at least one of its legislative purposes and complement existing state marketing and financial assistance programs by owning projects, leasing projects to other persons, lending the proceeds of bonds to other persons to finance the cost of acquiring or improving projects.

NEDA (401) 295-9215
Northeastern Economic Development Association champions effective, innovative economic development practice and is the Northeast’s strongest professional resource for economic developers. Through NEDA membership, economic development practitioners, officials and volunteer leaders develop and perfect their development tools, network with others in the field and partner regionally to do the work of economic development.

Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI)
RMI is a non-profit association created for manufacturers in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Its mission is to: ensure that the human resource skill needs of manufacturers are known and met; promote the image of manufacturing in Maryland, advocate issues/concerns with state and local governments; and provide services to and networking opportunities among members and with other organizations.

SBDC Maryland

Since 1988, the seasoned staff of the Maryland Small Business Development Center (MDSBDC) Network has provided sound advice, counseling and support to entrepreneurs and small to mid-size businesses across the state.

Sales & Marketing Executives International
 
443-465-4843
Founded in 1935, Sales & Marketing Executives International (SMEI) is the worldwide organization dedicated to ethical standards, continuing professional development, knowledge sharing, mentoring students and advancing free enterprise. The Baltimore/Washington chapter brings together top business executives from the region for monthly Knowledge Sessions and an Executive Professional Member Roundtable for networking and the exchange of business ideas.


City/Regional Member Organizations

Association for Corporate Growth
The Association for Corporate Growth – Maryland Chapter is the premier network for middle market deal makers. For over 20 years, ACG Maryland has been a critical component to creating relationships valuable to the influential deal community.

Downtown Partnership (410) 244-1030
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore is a non-profit corporation that creates a more vibrant community for businesses, property owners, residents, employees and visitors. Stakeholders with an interest in downtown count on us to get things done.

Greater Washington Initiative (202) 857-5999
GWI convenes regional business leaders, economic development professionals, colleges and universities, and other community leaders to build collaborative relationships and engage in the conversations regarding the marketing and competitive positioning of the region as the premier location for business.

Greater Baltimore Committee (410) 727-2820
For more than five decades the Greater Baltimore Committee, the region’s premier organization of business and civic leaders, has focused the resources of its broad membership on the key issues relating to business climate and quality of life in the Greater Baltimore region.

President’s RoundTable (410) 385-1333
Formed in 1983, The Presidents’ RoundTable (PRT) is a group of African American presidents and CEOs that joined together for the primary purpose of accelerating the growth of minority businesses. Through the use of their collective knowledge, relationships and experience, the PRT works to ensure equal access to opportunities for their fellow members and like-minded minority entrepreneurs.

World Trade Center Institute (410) 576-0022
The World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) is the largest international business network of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic – a who’s who of the top global business executives in the region.


Technology Organizations

Carroll Technology Council (443) 244-1262
Originally created in 2001 by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, the Carroll Technology Council has developed many new programs. The council works closely with local media to answer information requests and actively promotes and assists the county's tech community.

Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (410) 222-7410, ext. 124
Supports innovation and commercialization of advanced technologies, serving as a resource that meets technology companies' business, education and networking needs. A non-profit organization supported by private sponsors and Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation grant, the council attracts and assists new and emerging tech companies.

Greater Baltimore Technology Council
Building and growing the region's tech community, GBTC asks tech companies what they need to grow and provides it through innovative programs and forums. A non-profit organization, the council receives grants from the Abell Foundation and Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

Maryland Technology Development Corporation (410) 740-9442 | (800) 305-5556
Brings innovations from universities and federal labs to Maryland’s economy by facilitating technology transfer to the private sector. The organization also gives emerging technology companies and university researchers vital seed funding and specialized technical assistance.

Northeastern Maryland Technology Council (443) 360-9134
Promotes technology in Harford and Cecil counties - a collaborative environment encouraging technology exchange that enhances the region's business, education and government communities. Initiatives include educational interface, relationship with Aberdeen Proving Ground, employer programs, legislative issues and developing the HEAT Center as a technology base.

The Patuxent Partnership (301) 866-1739
The non-profit economic development partnership aims to diversify Southern Maryland's tech business base, market the region's technology capabilities, grow its intellectual capital and workforce capacity and foster collaboration among industry, government and academic partners.

Technology Council of Maryland (240) 243-4026500
Members promote the growth and quality of the technology and life sciences communities in Maryland and the region by providing outstanding education, advocacy and business networking opportunities. The Council's MdBio division serves the Maryland biotechnology community, helping the region's life sciences organizations to grow.


Entrepreneurship Organizations

Baltimore Angels
If you are a tech entrepreneur or community-minded investor, please be in touch with Baltimore Angels. Baltimore Angels investors are current and cashed-out entrepreneurs who have “done it” and can help other entrepreneurs advance to the next stage. Looking for entrepreneurs with a strong vision and who are just beyond a friends-and-family round, they meet bimonthly in Baltimore and welcome interested investors and entrepreneurs in the Baltimore/Washington area.

Frederick Entrepreneur Support Network
Offers free business support from a number of professional and dedicated agencies and organizations. On their site, a service grid describes the support provided by each network member, helpful downloadable resource guides and links to valuable resources outside the organization.

MicroEnteprise Council of Maryland
MCM is a statewide non-profit, acting as a financial intermediary and technical assistance provider to the microenterprise industry. MCM works with state and federal partners to bring capacity building strategies and investment dollars into the state and serves microenterprise development organizations-community organizations and agencies providing direct services to entrepreneurs wanting to start or expand businesses.

Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, Inc. (WEB)
The WEB is a non-profit organization that provides entrepreneurial training, technical assistance and follow-up services for micro-business start-up and development. WEB empowers predominately lower income women and the unemployed to achieve financial stability through entrepreneurship. Through WEB's intensive business training and support programs, graduates have increased their average household incomes by $22,000, created more than 1,800 new businesses, and helped revitalize local communities.

Maryland Entrepreneur's Guide
The Maryland Entrepreneur's Guide is a concise guide to federal and Maryland financing and support programs for emerging companies brought to you by Mark A. Sargent, the Mid-Market and Small Business Committee, the Business Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Business Law Committee of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, the Business Law Society of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and Personnel of Agencies of the State of Maryland, including the Office of the Comptroller of Maryland.