You see a gap in the marketplace and you know exactly how to fill it. But you need coaching—and plenty of capital—to move forward. How do you move your pipe dreams into the pipeline? Charles County Economic Development helps you turn ideas into earnings.

Charles County Economic Development employs a range of federal, state, and local resources to help you establish or expand your market share. From the first moment you register your business right through ribbon cutting, our team supports your success.


Your first step is to register your business with the State of Maryland. The Comptroller of Maryland has a checklist that guides entrepreneurs through the registration process.


Licensure varies from business to business, but the Maryland Department of Commerce helps you refine requirements by industry. In some instances, you might need additional licensure from the County or the Department of Health.


Our Small Business Development Center  is a front-line resource for entrepreneurs on the move. Offered online or on-site, their New Venture Workshops help you master the mechanics of the process. Their training and no-cost or low-cost consulting boost your chances for success.

The College of Southern Maryland’s Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute and Nonprofit Institute offer mentorship, certifications, and training for the road ahead.


TechFire is Southern Maryland’s technology incubator. It helps entrepreneurs build successful companies at a variety of stages. TechFire offers one-on-one advice from “Entrepreneurs in Residence” and lends key support to women, minority, and veteran entrepreneurs.

The Velocity Center at Indian Head is a new venture launched by the College of Southern Maryland. The project is targeted to technology entrepreneurs advancing the aims of Naval Support Facility Indian Head. Networking, workshops, and seminars stimulate entrepreneurship in support of the mission.


A variety of federal and state resources are available to entrepreneurs, including:


Turning ideas into earnings.


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