Business Costs

Charles County is an easy sell to companies seeking hard facts on costs:


Whether they’re advancing health care, research, or retail sales, our labor pool is diverse and driven. Reasonably-priced homes, an excellent quality of life, and solid schools incentivize residents to work where they live.


Establishing a business 30 minutes from DC yields prime partnership opportunities. All regional federal and military installations lie within a 40-mile radius of Waldorf. At Naval Support Facilities Indian Head and Dahlgren, research and development collaborations abound in our very own backyard.


Retail, commercial, and office leases are 20-40 percent more affordable than comparable spaces in the DC metro area. Low real estate taxes and utility costs sweeten the savings.


Charles County participates in the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) program for Maryland businesses. This allows the cost of energy improvements to be tied to the commercial building over an extended term for more advantageous financing. PACE is an affordable way to incorporate clean energy features in new or existing commercial structures. Learn more about Charles County business incentives here.


The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) offers budget-friendly employee training, education, and entrepreneurship support that deliver real-time results.


Leases are 20-40% lower than comparable spaces in the DC metro area.


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“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice

Just Tech


“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck


Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn


The Welburn Organization