Federal Contracting

Securing a federal contract is a major win for any business. Maryland ranks second per capita for procurement in federal goods and services, so the competition is major, but the rewards are mighty. From developing bioterrorism technologies to analyzing big data, Charles County companies play to win. What’s the secret to their long game?


Charles County companies are within a 40-minute drive of all regional, federal, and military installations, allowing easy access to clients in Baltimore, Richmond, and DC. The neighboring Naval Support Facility Indian Head, home to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technology Division, encourages long-lasting partnerships.


Approximately 5,000 Department of Defense civilian employees reside in Charles County, giving area firms instant access to seasoned professionals with broad expertise. Maryland ranks second in the nation for bachelor’s degree-holders, and Charles County residents supply the demand for top talent.


Charles County Economic Development is a gateway to innovative financing, fast-track permitting, and workforce talent development. Corporations like SAIC and women-owned small businesses like Zekiah Tech benefit from business development support, networking, and certifications offered at the College of Southern Maryland. Excitingly, the Velocity Center at Indian Head, a 15,000-plus-square foot development project aligned with base initiatives, will advance workforce training, innovation, and entrepreneurship.



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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