The Maryland SBDC links private enterprise, government, higher education and local economic development organizations to provide high-quality training, confidential, individualized consulting and market and industry research to Maryland's small businesses. Many SBDC consultants are former business owners or have financial or economic development expertise. Specialty consulting services include retail, restaurant, technology business valuation, and executive training. Services are provided in 5 regional offices and 24 locations throughout the state.
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Find an entrepreneurship program
The SBDC's offers a variety of workshops designed to provide detailed information on all facets of starting or growing a business venture. Sessions are taught by industry experts and facilitates by SBDC consultants who can provide relevant insight.
Find entrepreneurship events
The Maryland SBDC hosts a variety of workshops, seminars, webinars and other events. Visit the training calendar on our website for details on training and other events designed to help you meet your entrepreneurial goals.
Get business advice for my venture
A hallmark service of the SBDC is its excellent no-cost confidential consulting to prospective and existing small business owners interested in achieving growth and profitability. Whether you need help identifying local markets for your business, are developing a strategic business plan and want a second opinion, or have compliance issues you'd like to clarify, our consultants are ready to help you successfully grow your business.
Identify/apply for funding & grants
Many SBDC consultants are former bankers with years of lending experience. They can assist with identification of appropriate loans, grants and other funding sources, guide you through the application process, and assist you with understanding and preparing financial documents.
Launch my venture
The SBDC's trained counselors are able to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with an array of resources that guide them through the process of launching any kind of venture. Along with counseling, the SBDC provides access to legal, financial and other workshops