The Board of Commissioners of Carroll County is committed to a comprehensive economic development plan.  As an integral component of local government, the Department of Economic Development partners with many local and regional organizations to grow the commercial/industrial base and maintain Carroll’s excellent quality of life.

Carroll’s Business Resources

SBDC provides a single point of access for Carroll’s entrepreneurs and small business owners and delivers high-quality training, confidential consulting, financing options and market and industry research to all small businesses.

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce creates opportunities for its members to build relationships with professionals, business owners, and community leaders from Carroll County, MD and surrounding areas. Through a series of educational meetings and programs like Leadership Carroll, they grow local leaders and advocate for pro-business legislation in Annapolis.

The Carroll Technology & Innovation Council provides technology leadership, information, and resources to develop members’ businesses, build strong community partnerships, and advance technology in Carroll County, MD.

Miller Resources for Entrepreneurs, a service of Carroll Community College, enhances Carroll County’s small business services through consultations, classes and events. Miller instructors and advisors provide support for business owners, connecting them with local, state and federal resources.


MAGIC’s (Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory) mission is to build a tech ecosystem that creates and nurtures talent, entrepreneurship, and tech businesses, elevating the Westminster gigabit community to lead the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Center for Experience & Opportunity Office at McDaniel College facilitates opportunities on and off campus, including education abroad, orientation programs, volunteerism, competitive national & international scholarships and fellowships, internships and career preparation, and more.  The CEO Office also houses McDaniel’s marketing and entrepreneurship minors and the annual Innovation Challenge competition.

The Mount Airy Community Planning and Development Department will assist opening or growing your business in Mount Airy. Specializing in site location, zoning, sign processes, and professional development. Check out our website for the latest events and Resourceful Entrepreneur Series workshops. Mount Airy is a Main Street Maryland Community.

The Greater Mt. Airy Chamber of Commerce supports and promotes businesses and professional services in the Greater Mt. Airy area.

The Hampstead Merchants Association represents the merchants and professional community of Hampstead. The Association works to enhance commerce and to improve the accessibility and appearance of Hampstead.

The North Carroll Business Alliance promotes area businesses and supports the greater Manchester community.

Mt. Airy Main Street strives to establish the Mt. Airy Downtown Historic Business District as a gathering place and center of community life, promote commerce for local businesses, sponsor cultural events for residents and visitors, and create a small town destination that is easily accessible by car, bike, and foot.


South Carroll Business Association’s mission is to create business opportunities, referrals and partnerships for its members and to support community outreach activities through education and involvement.  The SCBA offers monthly luncheons, networking events, the South Carroll Business Showcase and Members Plus Program.

The Downtown Sykesville Connection works to strengthen Sykesville’s economic potential as a Maryland Main Street community.

The Taneytown Chamber’s mission is to strengthen, promote and lead the business and economic community, to support the free enterprise system while preserving and enhancing the quality of the business environment as a best-in-class organization, and to promote education among our members and member businesses.

Through the Union Bridge Business Association, members work together to successfully create and promote opportunities in a civic environment in which businesses flourish.


City of Westminster Community Development promotes and enhances the economic growth and vitality in the City of Westminster by attracting new businesses to the area while supporting the retention and expansion of existing businesses along with promoting activities and events to increase tourism.

Regional Resources

Maryland Department of Commerce helps to market Carroll County along with the rest of the State and provides business start-up resources, infrastructure and workforce investment capital for qualified expanding firms, and international business assistance.

The Greater Baltimore Committee supports Carroll County and the region through research, marketing and business development.

Maryland Department of Labor provides businesses, the workforce and the public with customer-focused regulatory and employment and training services.