Maryland Small Business Development Center

About Us

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:

27.5 million small businesses in the United States:

  • 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

Our Mission and Vision

As a premier, well recognized part of Maryland's entrepreneurial ecosystem, we will empower current and aspiring business owners by providing them compassionate, informed, objective, and professional consulting and training; and by connecting them with others throughout our state who can intelligently move their dreams to reality, resulting in successful businesses and greater state and local economic growth.

The Maryland Small Business Development Center will create a more vibrant, prosperous Maryland.

Our Goals

Provide proven, trustworthy advice

  • Expand the delivery and marketing of our consulting and training services, paying attention to people and communities where we can make a positive impact.

Grow our markets

  • Develop pipelines for financial deals, growth clients, and high impact start-ups
  • Nurture businesses within strategically targeted growing and emerging industries

Build economically vibrant communities

  • Create meaningful new partnerships with relevant stakeholders and leverage those relationships to provide better client service.
  • Assist entrepreneurs in starting and growing businesses.

Continuously Improve

  • Advance as a well-managed, functionally integrated, programmatically and administratively compliant statewide organization.
  • Increase sources of additional organizational funding.
  • Don't stop thinking about tomorrow.

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 Maryland SBDC for solutions to guide their companies from early stage through their many growth phases. Maryland SBDC has 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.

The assistance provided by the SBDC is made possible through the support of our financial and resource partners:

University Of Maryland
Small Business Administration
State of Maryland
Capital One Bank
Chesapeake Employers Insurance