Annapolis Industries

As the capital city of Maryland, Annapolis’ unique blend of history, environment and innovation creates a flourishing ecosystem for diverse businesses and entrepreneurs


Ideal Location

The area’s diverse industry base of maritime, cybersecurity, advanced  technology, professional and business services, and tourism is a stable  generator of job creation and business opportunities. Situated as the  eastern anchor of Anne Arundel County, Annapolis’ proximity to  Washington DC, Baltimore MD, and transportation assets provides an ideal  business location. While proximity to these metropolitan areas is a  benefit to businesses and residents alike, Annapolis is just distant  enough to maintain a small town atmosphere with a vibrant historic  downtown, walkable streets and neighborhoods, and a collaborative  business environment.

Fertile Ground

Culture and environment have strongly influenced the development of  industry in Annapolis. From the creation of the nation’s first theater  to the founding of numerous tech companies, our community remains at the  forefront of innovation and creativity. Creative professionals  naturally gravitate to the area, fostering an economy focused on  technological innovation, artistic expression, artisanal foods, and  hand-crafted goods. The ecological wonders of the Chesapeake Bay have  provided fertile ground for the development of our leading water sports,  tourism, and marine businesses. Our extraordinary lifestyle is ideal  for your business and workforce.

Distinctly Different

Annapolis has created a market that is distinctly different from nearby  Baltimore MD and Washington DC. The natural features and small-town  appeal encourage a boutique market for entrepreneurs and business owners  who seek a high quality lifestyle that really has it all, a community  eager to support local businesses, and a constant talent pool that flows  down from the wide range of Maryland’s renowned educational, research  and military institutions.

Major Industries Across the City’s Six Commercial Neighborhoods

  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Management, Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Maritime
  • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • Retail Trade
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Wholesale Trade

We are dedicated to helping our diverse spectrum of industries and businesses access the resources they need to grow and thrive.

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