Carroll County, Maryland Department of Economic Development
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Small Business Resources in Carroll County, Maryland

Carroll County recognizes that small businesses and the entrepreneur are vital aspects of our local economy. Therefore, there is a small business assistance infrastructure in place to assist new, existing and start-up companies.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Carroll County's SBDC is in partnership between the Small Business Administration and the Carroll County Department of Economic Development in Westminster. This partnership links private enterprise, government, higher education and local economic development organizations to provide management training and technical assistance to Maryland small businesses. Certified business counselors provide free counseling services to existing small businesses and start-up companies.

Services include:

Capital Resources

  • Neighborhood Business Works Program
  • Carroll County Development Corporation
  • SBA 504 Loan Program
  • Maryland Competitive Advantage Financing Fund (MCAFF)

Training Programs

  • First Steps to SmartSTART Your Own Business
  • Developing & Updating Your Marketing Plan
  • Developing Your Strategic Plan
  • Business Certifications
  • Access to Capital
  • Selling to the Government
  • SBDC 24/7 Virtual Classroom


  • Business Plan Development
  • Management Strategies
  • Personnel Issues
  • Marketing / Pricing
  • Break-Even Analysis

Please contact an SBDC counselor at
443-356-2934 for assistance.
Visit the SBDC Website

Miller Resources for Entrepreneurs at Carroll Community College

Miller Resources for Entrepreneurs, a service of Carroll Community College, combines the small business services of the County into a single point of access for the entrepreneur and small business owner.

Miller’s expanded partnership with Carroll County Government and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) streamlines and enhances the services provided for small business development in the county.

Through consultations, classes and events, Miller instructors and advisors develop strategies and provide support for business owners, connecting them with local, state and federal resources such as funding, technical support and industry specific expertise.

Miller offers:

  • Courses and workshops to assist with all facets of business start-up and growth
  • Free small business counseling through SBDC
  • Special business events and networking opportunities
  • Assistance with funding options and business plan preparation
  • Opportunities to promote small businesses / 410-386-8012

SBA Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a variety of loan and financing programs to assist your business. Please contact a counselor at the Carroll County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at 443-356-2934 for more information.

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has more than 500 members. The Chamber provides opportunities for business owners to meet potential clients and network with other business leaders. Guest speakers, such as congressional leaders, are featured to discuss legislative agendas and other items of particular interest to the business community.

Carroll Technology Council

The Carroll Technology Council is an association of businesses whose mission is to promote, support, attract and influence technology in Carroll County.

Service Corps of Retired Engineers (SCORE)

The SCORE Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to the success of small businesses nationwide. A partner with the SBA, volunteers are working and retired executives and business owners who provide free counseling. E-mail counseling is also available through the web site.

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