Learning Resources

Maryland Checklist for New Businesses

The Maryland “Starting a Business” checklist summarizes the major state and local tax, labor, occupational and environmental regulations that may affect businesses in Maryland. The checklist is not a substitute for the legal, financial and/or other professional advice required when establishing or expanding a business. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information included in the checklist is accurate, businesses are urged to consult with the agencies listed in the checklist and with private counsel before proceeding to establish a business in Maryland.

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Business Plan Resources

Marketing Plan Resources

Social Media Marketing (IT'S FREE)

Business Education

Regionally, there is an abundance of educational resources to help your new business succeed. Make sure you have the most education as possible to run your business. Pick the structure that suits your lifestyle best; whether it's classes from any one of the great institutes listed below or a boot camp. You can take just one class or as many classes as you wish with these programs -- and maybe even get paid to do it! Click below to browse the option that would be best be suited for you.

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Anne Arundel Community College Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies Program

Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute
SCORE Online Workshops


Business incubators or accelerators  can help to increase the likelihood that start-ups keep expenses under control and find the business expertise and emotional support they need. There are several incubators in the region and could be the help you need to grow or expand your business.

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The Hatchery and Business Resource Center at Anne Arundel Community College
Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC)

Exporting and International Trade

Maryland International Business Center World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) Port of BaltimoreMaryland/Israel Development Center (MIDC)
Maryland-China Business Council U.S. Export Assistance Center


Crowd funding or crowdfunding (alternately crowd financing, equity crowdfunding, or hyper funding) describes the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their resources, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Crowd funding is used in support of a wide variety of activities, including disaster relief, citizen journalism, support of artists by fans, political campaigns, startup company funding, movie or free software development, and scientific research. (Source: Mashable)

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Human Resources

Labor and Employment Law
The Division of Labor and Industry (DLI) Web site provides information about the State of Maryland’s labor and employment laws. In addition to labor rules and regulations, DLI offers a variety of free training resources on safety and health.

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Worker's Compensation
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program established by State law that all employers having one or more employees, full or part-time, are required to have for the benefit of their employees.  With few exceptions, every employer in the State of Maryland with one or more employees is required by law to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. The link below has the full guide.
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Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment insurance provides benefits to persons who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are ready, willing and able to work, and actively seeking work.

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Maryland Taxes

Filing and paying business taxes can be complicated. The Comptroller's Office is dedicated to making the process as simple and efficient as possible. Visit this special section for business taxpayers often for the latest information.

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Permits, Forms, Applications
Use this section to find information on permits, forms, and applications needed to open or expand your business.  This list is not meant to be inclusive, nor to give any legal advice regarding opening a business, but rather as a guide.  While every effort has been made to ensure that the information included in the guide is accurate, businesses are urged to consult with the agencies listed in this publication and with private counsel before proceeding to establish a business in Maryland.

Annapolis Permits and Licenses - Information & Forms
Department of Assessments and Taxation
Maryland Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal
Anne Arundel Circuit Court (Business Licenses)

Emergency Preparedness

Disasters can cost businesses a lot -- from lost time, money and resources, to lost customers. Take time to get your company ready for whatever could happen. Click the below and learn everything from preparing, planning, responding, and recovering.

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