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Counseling and Education

 

Counseling Available

 

 

 

  • Maryland Small Business Development Center
    Individual counseling (no cost) and workshops are offered on a variety of topics. Locate a local office from this directory. On a regular basis a program entitled "The Nuts and Bolts of Starting Your Own Business" is presented at the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.

 

 

 

 

Educational Opportunities

      

 

Incubators

 

  • Technology Advancement Program (TAP)
    University of Maryland's dynamic environment for technology based start-up companies.
     

  • Technology Council of Maryland
    Maryland's largest technology trade association which brings its members access to the regional technology industry. Provides valuable resources and benefits to help businesses succeed.

 

 

Disaster Preparedness

 

  • Small Business Administration on Disaster Preparedness
    This Small Business Administration site lists topics that business owners should be considering such as:  insurance, computer system back-ups and location of alternate suppliers.
     

  • Federal Emergency Management Administration
    The Federal Emergency Management Administration provides a great deal of information about protecting a company's physical plant. Obtain flood maps on-line.
     

  • Institute for Business and Home Safety
    The Institute for Business and Home Safety, a nonprofit association whose mission is to reduce deaths, injuries, property damage, economic losses and human suffering caused by natural disasters, provides extensive information on preparing for earthquakes, floods, freezing weather, hail, hurricanes, tornados and wildfires. 

 

Finances

 

Tax Issues

 

 

    

Obtaining Financial Support

 

Franchising

 

  • Franchise Direct
    This comprehensive website deals with franchise opportunities worldwide. The International listings are extensive.Tips as well as research news and articles about latest developments are also provided.
     

  • Franchise Gator
    Franchise opportunities and business-for-sale listings. Top franchising concepts are showcased.
     

  • Franchise Zone-Entrepreneur Magazine
    A comprehensive website that helps the potential franchisee to assess opportunities, find help and how-to information from experts and keep up to date with trends in the field (a feature that is updated daily).  Also features Opportunity Finder, an interactive tool to explore franchise and business opportunities.

 

 

Government Procurement

 

In Baltimore County

 

  • Baltimore County Purchasing and Disbursements Division - Events Calendar
    The Office of Budget and Finance, Purchasing and Disbursements Division regularly schedules procurement outreach (formerly open house) events to provide an opportunity for vendors to:

    • Gain an Understanding of the Purchasing Process

    • Meet the County Buyers

    • Ask Questions

    • Learn about Bid Opportunities with the County

    • Review a List of Current Contracts

    • Network with other vendors

 

 

In the State
 

 

In the Federal Government

 

  • Federal Acquisition Jumpstation
    The U.S. Government's one-stop virtual marketplace. Through this single point-of-entry, commercial vendors and government buyers are invited to post, search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.
     

  • Federal Business Opportunities
    Learn about doing business with the Federal government using electronic data interchange (EDI).
     

  • System for Award Management (SAM)
    Serves as a government-contracting portal and enables small business owners to register to do business with the federal government, and represent/self-certify as a small business all in one place
     

  • Vetbiz.gov
    The federal web portal for veterans who want to start or expand their business. Information on prime or subcontract opportunities, getting started, marketing, mentoring sources, financing, etc.
     

  • Womenbiz.gov
    This site targets the 5 specific stages that a woman business owner should go through to explore doing business with the government.

 

Home Based Business

 

 

Human Resources

 

Benefits - Health

           

  • Maryland Comprehensive Standard Health Benefit Plan
    Based on Maryland law that guarantees small business access to health insurance. Offers the guidelines for purchasing the policy that is most appropriate.
     

  • Maryland Health Benefits Exchange
    Maryland’s state-based health insurance exchange. Goal is to make health insurance affordable and accessible for all Maryland residents, including the approximately 730,000 or 14 percent of Maryland’s 5.8 million residents who are currently uninsured.
     

  • Maryland Health Insurance Partnership
    Provides an incentive for employers with 2-9 employees to offer health insurance for their employees; assists low and moderate income employees of these small employers in obtaining health insurance; promotes access to health care services and rewards participating individuals for efforts to improve their health and/or manage chronic disease.
     

  • Maryland Health Connection: Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP)
    Provides Maryland small businesses with 50 or fewer employees a variety of insurance plans and carriers to choose from. SHOP allows owners or employees to do side-by-side comparisons of private health plans, benefits, premiums and quality online.
     

  • Virtual Compare
    A tool to help employers and employees compare health plans offered in the small group market. It is an information source only and does not allow you to apply for insurance on this site, but does provide you contact information for each insurance company and broker/agents who have chosen to register on this site.
     

 

Finding Staff

 

 

Regulations

 

 

Training

 

 

  

International Trade

 

 

Legal Requirements / Regulations

 

Overview

 

  • Find Information: Law
    presented by Baltimore County Public Library
    Find local and state codes, laws, and regulations and facts about our courts. Points way to legal assistance through a lawyer or other legal services. Find law libraries, legal forms and terminology, notary services, and legal research resources.
     

  • Guide to Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Maryland [PDF]
    A general guide to the laws and regulations pertaining to business operations in Maryland. A joint publication of the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Business and Economic Development.
     

  • Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development - Permits and Licensing
    When starting a business in Maryland, there are a number of resources available for information on business licensing, registration, occupational licenses and other regulatory and compliance issues.

 

 

Legal Forms

 

 

Patents, Trademarks, Trade Names

 

 

Permits, Licenses

 

 

Zoning Issues

 

 

Americans with Disabilities Act

 

 

 

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Marketing

 

Major Resources

 

 

Demographic Sources

 

 

Business and Investing Databases

Links to electronic resources that contain valuable business information and are purchased by the library for the use of all Baltimore County Public Library card holders. A BCPL library card and your library PIN may be needed to access these resources.
 

  • Business Source Premier
    features the full text for more than 2,200 journals back to 1965, and searchable cited references back to 1998.
     
  • Hoover's
    Provides company details such as description, contact information, competitors and key personnel. This information can be used for client meetings, sales presentations, vendor and partner negotiations, and marketing efforts. News from the business world and scheduled IPOs are also included.
     
  • Reference USA
    Database of over 11 million company profiles including address and phone number, NAIC codes, numbers of employees, sales volume, product lines and corporate structure. Also includes a residential directory. Featured are:

    •  US Businesses
    •  US Standard White Pages
    •  US Healthcare
    • US New Businesses
    • Canadian White Pages Canadian Businesses
    • US Consumers/Lifestyles -  This module broadly applies census information from your neighborhood as well as other “public” records (such as what magazines you         subscribe to or memberships that you may have) and makes generalizations about your interests and marketing characteristics.  This information is downloadable for potential marketers.
    • US New Movers/Homeowners
       
  • Regional Business News
    provides full text for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications including the Daily Record.
     
  • Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
    is a comprehensive source of business and investment information. Full text access for many S&P publications.
     
  • Value Line Investment Survey Online
    is a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks, more than 90 industries, the stock market, and the economy. Database includes The S&P Register which allows users to search a business information database of 90,000 public and private companies which include 400,000 key executives and a database of over 70,000 biographies of top company officials

  

 

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Minority / Women Assistance

 

 

 

Newspapers / Periodicals

 

  General Resources

 

 


Last revised: May 27, 2014