Maryland Business Assistance Providers

         A wide variety of services are available to help Maryland businesses improve both their financial and environmental performance. This assistance comes in the form of free on-site technical consultations, low-interest loans, awards and recognition, business-to-business mentoring, training and seminars all focusing on reducing costs and increasing productivity through greater efficiency. Take a look at these programs and contact the individuals listed below to see how they can help address your businesses needs.

Consulting Engineers Council of Maryland

CEC/MD, with headquarters in Baltimore, is a nonprofit association of approximately 75 multi-sized consulting engineering firms located throughout the state serving the public as well as private sectors. Member firms employ over 3,000 employees and are responsible for the design of most of the area's infrastructure, environmental and building construction. The organization focuses on the business aspects of the consulting engineering profession and is affiliated with the American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC), headquartered in Washington, DC.


326 N. Charles St., Suite 202
Baltimore, MD 21201


Maryland Department of Commerce

Office of Business Services

DBED's Office of Business Services is committed to helping businesses navigate a path through a variety of government programs.



Office of Small Business Resources

Maryland Department of the Environment

Information and contacts on environmental permits and approvals can be found here:

MD Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation

MD Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Services

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) offers an on-site consultation program to provide small employers, free of charge, with advice on workplace safety. The following services are provided:

  • Identification of specific hazards, and appropriate advice and assistance to correct conditions and practices that may not comply with MOSH requirements
  • Assistance in developing and maintaining an effective safety and health program
  • Limited on-site education and training programs for employers and employees
  • Assistance with occupational health and ergonomic issues



Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative

The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative assists marina, boatyard, and yacht club operators to protect the resources that provide their livelihood: clean water and fresh air. It is a voluntary program that gives managers the resources they need to minimize pollution. The Initiative also recognizes environmentally-responsible facilities as "Certified Clean Marinas" and educates boaters about their role as stewards of our waterways.


Donna Morrow, (410) 260-8773
580 Taylor Avenue, E-2
Annapolis, MD 21401

Landowner Stewardship Referral Service

Property owners with unvegetated areas adjacent to streams or wetlands, drained or eroded fields, woods or streams, or filled wetlands, can receive financial assistance for such voluntary enhancement projects as wetlands restoration, streambank stabilization, tree plantings and wildlife habitat creation.


580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401

Maryland Energy Administration

The mission of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is to maximize energy efficiency, while promoting economic development, reducing reliance on foreign fuel supply and improving the environment. MEA coordinates and directs integrated energy planning for State agencies. MEA also provides assistance for the energy efficiency efforts of the country and municipal governments, and the private and non-profit sectors of our economy.

The strategic goals of MEA are to make the State of Maryland a leader in energy efficiency, to reduce costs to our citizens, leverage public/private partnerships in order to improve the competitive position of Maryland industry. In addition, MEA strives to lower the operating expenses of State and local government, while contributing to the improvement of air quality in Maryland.


1800 Washington Blvd., #755
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 537-4000

Maryland Environmental Service

MES was created by the Maryland General Assembly to provide high quality environmental management services to schools, towns, businesses, industries, state and federal government facilities throughout Maryland. It operates drinking water, industrial and domestic wastewater plants and provides stormwater, sludge, dredging, and safety management services, solid and hazardous waste facilities, recycling and composting facilities. The organization recovers direct and indirect costs by charging a fee for services and operate like a not-for-profit corporation.


(410) 729-8200
259 Najoles Road
Millersville, MD 21108

Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP) is a Maryland independent non-profit funded by industry and the State of Maryland to grow and strengthen Maryland Manufacturing. Focused on providing high quality solutions and programs to improve Maryland manufacturers operations, spark innovation and increase growth, the Maryland MEP is committed to making the State of Maryland a leader in manufacturing.

Maryland Mass Transit Administration

Commuter Choice Program

Through federal and state legislation, Commuter Choice offers employers options which encourage employees to ride mass transit or qualified vanpools, and save money on their commute.


6 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Maryland Recycles

Maryland Recycles is offering free recycling program assistance to businesses and institutions in the Baltimore region.  Staff is available to visit a facility and review the organization's current waste disposal practices and then recommend ways to start or improve a recycling program.  Ordinarily a recycling program can improve an organization's bottom line, primarily as a result of avoided waste disposal costs.

This offer is only available to businesses and institutions located in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Montgomery Counties.


Tower II, Suite 402
100 South Charles Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
(410) 333-3066
Web Site: 

Chesapeake Regional Safety Council, Inc.

Founded in Baltimore in 1923, the Safety Council of Maryland, Inc. is a chapter of the National Safety Council. It is a non-profit and non-governmental public service organization which devotes its total resources to the prevention of all types of accidents and the promotion of safety and health. The Council serves Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia.



2555 Lord Baltimore Dr.

Windsor Mill, MD 21244


SCORE Counselors to Americas Small Business

SCORE is a national association of business men and women who volunteer their time and business expertise to help America's small businesses to start, grow and prosper. SCORE volunteers provide:

  • Low cost workshops and seminars on the key business disciplines necessary for a successful venture.
  • Free and confidential individual business management counseling to small business owners and those who are considering the start of a new business.

SCORE is sponsored in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SCORE Maryland Chapters

The Small Business Resource Center

The Center is a resource library with on-site counseling to assist small business entrepreneurs in Maryland in starting or growing their business. The center helps small businesses be more successful and is totally free of charge and open to the public. The Center features a printed and video library on key business topics, as well as computers, software, special informational programs, Internet access, seminars and workshops. Counseling on site is with the Maryland Small Business Development Center and S.C.O.R.E. A public/private partnership of Bank of America, U.S. Small Business Administration, and U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Association, operates the Center.


Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at Johns Hopkins Eastern
1101 E. 33rd Street, Suite C307
Baltimore, MD 21218

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III

Business Assistance Center

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(800) 228-8711
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

Maryland Small Business Development Center Network

The SBDC network includes six regional offices which counsel and train aspiring and existing small businesses to resolve organizational, financial, marketing, technical, and regulatory issues.


SBDC Headquarters
University of Maryland
SBDC Regional Offices