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.


Views from Charles

Empowering Black Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Black History Month is a time for us to reflect on the past, present, and future of Black free enterprise and its influence on the U.S. business landscape and economy. African American business ...


Lucretia Freeman-Buster
Chief of Business Development

Charles County EDD
10665 Stanhaven Place

Suite 206

White Plains, MD 20695

Phone: 301-885-1344


“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