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 & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

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. Please contact an SBDC counselor at
410-386-8133 for assistance.

Visit the SBTDC Website

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

Counseling

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

Miller Center for Small Business at Carroll Community College

The Miller Center for Small Business is a multifaceted resource for entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking information and training necessary to grow their new or existing business. The center provides innovative programs including speaker presentations, workshops, mentoring and online education.
www.carrolltraining.com/millercenter.html

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 410-386-2317 for more information.

Carroll County Development Corporation (CCDC)

CCDC is a source of investment and debt financing to support local small business and economic growth in the Carroll County area. The goal of the CCDC is to promote, develop and improve the economic conditions of the people in Carroll County through loans, investments and other business transactions supporting small businesses. For more information, please contact Carroll County Department of Economic Development at 410-386-2070.

Member banks: BB&T, PNC Bank, New Windsor State Bank, Susquehanna Bank and
                             M&T Bank.

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.
http://www.carrollcountychamber.org/

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.
http://www.carrolltechcouncil.org/

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.
http://www.score.org/

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