Partners and Resources

We are focused on building and sustaining a business-friendly community that is welcoming, supportive and appreciative of the businesses that make our illustrious quality of life possible

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General Business Resources

There are many services to help move your new or existing business in the right direction. Our team works with the collaborative assistance of a wide variety of partners and allies to bring quality information, assistance, and guidance to businesses. Entrepreneurs are welcome to visit the resources listed which offer assistance to start-ups, existing, or expanding businesses. In addition to the organizations in our six business neighborhoods, the following are among the many additional groups that reflect the strength and diversity of Annapolis’ vibrant economy.

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce

Anne Arundel Community College Entrepreneurial Studies Institute

Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation

Entrepreneur’s Exchange

Launch! Annapolis


Maryland Department of Commerce

Maryland Tech Council

SCORE – Southern Maryland

Small Business Development Center Resource Center

U.S. Small Business Administration

Minority- & Woman-Owned Business Resources

Annapolis is a growing community consisting of an increasingly diverse population. This diversity provides for a vibrant community that promotes growth. The City believes that all of its citizens should benefit from this economic growth, without regard to race, color, religion or economic status. To that end, the City is committed to creating an environment that expands the prosperity of minority- and woman-owned businesses, cultivates mutually beneficial partnerships, and engages the community to improve the quality of life for all citizens of the city.

The links below provide a few organizations in the region and beyond dedicated to supporting and assisting minority- and women-owned businesses.

Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council

Maryland Governor’s Ethnic Commissions

Maryland Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs

Maryland Veteran Entrepreneurs

Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association

Minority Business Development Agency

Morgan State University Entrepreneurial Development & Assistance Center (EDAC)

National Minority Business Council

U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Women’s Business Ownership

Recursos del Negocio

The City of Annapolis is pleased to connect Spanish speaking entrepreneurs with helpful resources. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to contact the City’s Economic Development Division with any questions. 

Abriendo Un Negocio en Annapolis  (video en español) 

Center of Help

Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs

Latino Economic Development Center

Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Maryland Small Business Development Centro Hispano de Negocios

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Workshops & Events

Often the best ways to educate yourself to successfully start, manage, and grow your business is to take advantage of the many workshops and training programs available to small business owners in several formats. By attending these workshops, you will learn not only from the presenters, but also from the other attendees who are going through the same process.

A variety of small business workshops can be found through the Maryland SBDC and SCORE Southern Maryland 

For other local opportunities, check our AED calendar, as well as AAEDC’s calendar.