Resources to Start and Grow Your Business

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD) offers a wide range of business assistance services to help entrepreneurs and businesses grow and thrive in Charles County. With our strong collaborative network of business, education, and governmental partners, we can help you find the right resources for your business.

We’ll be discussing many of these business resources at our Fall Meeting on November 2, and a panel of entrepreneurs will share how they’ve personally use these resources to succeed. Below is a list of business resources available to you in Charles County.



Charles County Chamber of Commerce

A coalition of area businesses, industries, organizations, and professionals who pool their talents and resources to improve the economic, civic, and cultural climate of our community. Benefits of membership include networking opportunities and free advertising.

Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce

Plays an instrumental role in giving a voice to the business interests of minorities in Calvert, Charles, southern Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties. The SMMCOC fights for legislation that promotes small business growth, particularly policies that address the challenges of minority business owners.



Charles County Government

The Clerk's Office, Circuit Court for Charles County

Issues several types of licenses for businesses. Businesses can quickly access information on the permits and licenses they need to start, relocate, or expand a business in Charles County. 

Department of Fiscal & Administrative Services, Purchasing Division

Manages the fiscal operations within the County Government, based upon sound, comprehensive, short-term and long-term fiscal policies. Information on how the County buys, what the County buys, and helpful hints for working with the County.

Department of Planning & Growth Management, Codes, Permits & Inspections

Manages land use patterns and infrastructure investments that provide for more efficient development of public and privates facilities and a stronger protection of community character. Commercial development and commercial building permits with Charles County.

Charles County Public Library

Serves as a principal part of the community and promotes literacy and a wide range of community information services.  Offers business resources, classes, and databases available at all Charles County Public Libraries. 

Small Business Development Center at the College of Southern Maryland

Provides training and counseling services to new and existing businesses. They also provide guidance in the areas of money, management, and marketing.

Southern Maryland JobSource

Provides programs and resources for businesses seeking talent, and jobseekers seeking new or better employment. They help businesses to grow by providing them with state resources, recruitment, and retention strategies.



Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

As the coordinating office within the Executive Branch, this office connects the small business community to greater economic opportunities in both the public and private sectors. 

Maryland Department of General Services

State contracting opportunities for small, minority, and woman owned businesses. The agency also conducts most state procurements through its eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA) program, an online procurement system where businesses can easily access State procurement information. 

Maryland Department of Commerce

This is the state's primary economic development agency.  The agency creates jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing workforce training and financial assistance to Maryland companies.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Offers loans and business growth tools to new and expanding small businesses and nonprofit organizations whose efforts help improve and revitalize existing commercial districts and town centers. The department also manages a wide array of programs, aiding counties, cities, and towns for infrastructure and public purpose projects.

Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation

Allows businesses to register a new business, trade name and file personal business property tax returns. The department offers a Maryland Business Express tool that aids in the start-up phases of business and throughout the business lifecycle.

Project Opportunity

A free entrepreneurship-training program designed solely for veterans who want to start or grow their own business.  The program is a 10 week (30 hour) instructor lead intensive course designed to prepare participants in business planning and operations.

Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)

Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) assists start up and small technology-based businesses to advance the company to a higher level of success. The program offers professional ongoing mentoring and targeted projects to help businesses succeed at no cost to the company.



Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Provides businesses with federal tax retarget="blank"lated information including publications, forms, and instructions.  The IRS also provides information on filing and paying business taxes, setting up a business structure, closing a business, and more.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Their purpose is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, preserve free competitive enterprise and maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

We’ll share more in-depth about Charles County business resources at our Annual Fall Meeting—Opening Doors on Tuesday, Nov 2, 8:30 am to Noon. We’d love to see you then, at the CSM Velocity Center in Indian Head or online. Register today to hold your spot!

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