About the Maryland Small Business Development Center
Helping Small Businesses Thrive
Since 1988, the seasoned staff of the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has provided sound advice, consulting and support to entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state. We are part of a national SBDC network—founded in 1979—that helps over 500,000 U.S. businesses annually.
Providing High-Quality Training, Consulting and Research
The SBDC Network is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Maryland and the University of Maryland, College Park. SBDC links private enterprise, government, higher education and local economic development organizations to provide high-quality training, confidential consulting and market and industry research to Maryland’s small businesses.
Strengthening Maryland’s small businesses contributes directly to the growth of local, state and national economies.
Maryland Statewide Network
- Managed by “Lead Center” @ University of Maryland, College Park
- 5 regions - Corridor, Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern
- 24 Jurisdictions served in Maryland (23 Counties + Baltimore City).
27.5 million small businesses in the U.S.:
- Represent 99.9 % of all U.S. businesses
- Generated 65 % of net new jobs over the past 17 years
- Employ 53% of all private sector employees
Ways We Help
Start and Grow Your Small Business
The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is dedicated to helping you start and grow your business. We provide training, confidential consulting and market and industry research to help aspiring and existing small businesses make sound decisions for successful operations.
Access Result-Driven Business Knowledge
Most of our professional business consultants have owned or managed successful businesses. Through practical experience and continual professional development, they have the knowledge and insight to help resolve your problems and develop and implement your strategies. You will not only receive sound advice from seasoned staff, but if necessary, referral to industry experts or other specialty business consultants.
Meet Your Changing Needs
We also collaborate with local business leaders to constantly evolve our program offerings. We stay abreast of economic trends, market conditions and financial resources to anticipate your changing needs in a dynamic small business economy.
On our site you will find almost everything you need to start or grow a business.
Small Businesses Are Vital
Small businesses create most of the nation’s new jobs and employ about half of the nation’s private sector work force. Small firms also make important contributions to the economy through innovations and the creation of enterprises and new industries that help keep the economy competitive and vibrant.
Growing the Economy
Since 1988, small business entrepreneurs and executives have been coming to the MDSBTDC for solutions to guide their companies from early stage through their many growth phases. The MDSBTDCs have proven to be a cost-effective way to create jobs, contribute to the growth of local, state and national economies, enhance American competitiveness and fulfill the American dream.