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The Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD) offers a complete range of business services to help entrepreneurs and businesses grow and thrive in Charles County. During the COVID pandemic, we've concentrated on helping businesses survive and access the specific services they need. We don't always have the answers, and sometimes our job is just connecting businesses with the right resources. For that, we have many partners we can refer you to.
Below, we're highlighting the business resources partners we work with most often and the services they offer. For a more comprehensive list, download our Business Resources Guide, pictured on the right.
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 Velocity Center in Indian Head, operated and managed by CSM, is a place of innovation, learning, and collaboration with state-of-the-art conference facilities, meeting rooms, and maker space to support collaboration, workforce development, and economic growth in the community.
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.
TEDCO (Maryland Technology Development Corporation) provides funding, resources, and connections that early-stage technology and life sciences companies need to thrive in Maryland. Their role is to be Maryland's leading source of funding for early-stage, technology-based businesses; to provide other business assistance to entrepreneurs throughout the State; and to foster technology transfer and commercialization from the State’s universities and Federal labs. TEDCO is leading innovation to market in Maryland and contributing to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in the State through its various programs and funds.