It’s that time of year to remember what we’re thankful for, and at the Economic Development Department (EDD), we’re especially thankful for the business resource partners we work with to help Charles County businesses succeed and grow. We don’t always have the answers, and sometimes our job is just connecting businesses with the right resources.
This week of Thanksgiving, we want to highlight five resource partners we regularly work with and the services they offer. And, we want to give a heartfelt “thank you” for their collaboration throughout the year.
Maryland Department of Commerce
As the state's primary economic development agency, the Maryland Department of Commerce stimulates private investment and creates jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing workforce training and financial assistance to Maryland companies.
The State of Maryland has a variety of incentives for businesses at every phase. Charles County’s Economic Development Department can help you determine the incentives tailored to your business. Incentives include:
Technology Transfer: transferring bioscience or technology discoveries into practical, commercially-relevant products
Funding incentives in the form of loans, grants, or tax credits for targeted initiatives
Loan guarantees backed by the State of Maryland
Venture capital to foster rapid innovation
Grants for far-reaching technology product development
Southern Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Southern Region, is located at the College of Southern Maryland La Plata campus and provides training and counseling services to new and existing businesses. They give guidance in the areas of money, management, and marketing.
Southern Maryland JobSource
Southern Maryland JobSource provides programs and resources for businesses seeking talent and jobseekers seeking new or better employment. They have an office in Waldorf at 175 Post Office Road.
College of Southern Maryland
The College of Southern Maryland is a regionally-accredited community college offering a variety of learning options, student services, and workforce development support.
The Workforce Center at CSM crafts custom solutions to area businesses in a variety of industries.
The Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute at CSM nurtures the region’s entrepreneurs and innovators , complementing the array of business programs at the college through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the network of CSM institutes designed to help the college build relationships with local businesses and organizations.
Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC)
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is shaping the future of farms and food through extensive support of regional farms through marketing and outreach to consumers. They support local agriculture through educational outreach, community engagement, grants, marketing, special events, and business development support to new and existing agricultural ventures.
For more info on Business Support, please visit http://www.meetcharlescounty.com/business-support