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About the Business Resource Network
Washington County, Maryland's Business Resource Network provides resources and support for start ups and entrepreneurs. Bringing the leading business development partners together under the network increases efficiency and service to the entrepreneur. Starting a business is exciting and rewarding but it takes time, talent and information to bring a business idea to life. Take a moment to scroll through the list of partners below who collaboratively work together to provide these services for you...the Washington County Department of Business Development, the City of Hagerstown's Department of Community & Economic Development, the Greater Hagerstown Committee, Hagerstown Community College's Technical Innovation Center, the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, International Corporate Training & Marketing, the Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center, SCORE, Western Maryland Consortium and the USDA.
           
Website | 202-720-2791
City of Hagerstown Department of Community and Economic Development
  City of Hagerstown - Department of Community & Economic Development
The City of Hagerstown's Department of Community & Economic Development serves as a resource to help start, nurture and grow business within the city limits. The Department of Community & Economic Development is committed to partnering with developers, investors and business owners to navigate the planning and development process. The City offers several incentive options to support economic growth in the community, and staff will provide guidance to determine the best opportunities for your business and development needs. Recognizing time is money, the City fast-tracks projects for approval, provides exceptional service and demonstrates flexibility in a changing environment.

301-739-8577, ext. 111.
 
       
Washington-County.jpg   Washington County Department of Business Development
The Washington County Department of Business Development (DBD) is a county agency providing assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Washington County, Maryland. The Department of Business Development interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations to address the business needs of the community, as well as attract new companies to the county. If you are considering a business, starting a business, or you are an existing business, you've come to the right place!

Website | 240-313-2280
 
       
The Greater Hagerstown Committee
  Greater Hagerstown Committee (The)
The Greater Hagerstown Committee (GHC), a 501c(3) corporate body, was established in 1987 to bring stakeholders and community leaders together to discuss broad issues of importance in the region. Its membership is composed of CEOs and top officials from corporations and organizations around the community, and its operations are funded solely by member dues. Over the years, GHC has served as a community catalyst -- recruiting people, gathering information, identifying resources, and crafting conversation necessary to advance initiatives making our region a better place to live, work and play. GHC strives to cooperate with and assist governmental bodies and community organizations to achieve existing goals and objectives, or to identify new ones. It provides a vehicle for its members and invited stakeholders to take a broad view of our region, become educated on regionally significant issues, and craft visions for improving the quality of life in our community. GHC works with local economic development partners to connect prospective leadership teams to established corporate leaders in our area. The committee uses its influences and resources of its members to create and solicit support for job retention and attraction, workforce development, and educational initiatives to better the community.

Website | 301-733-8811.
 
       
Hagerstown Community College
  Hagerstown Community College Technical Innovation Center
The Hagerstown Community College Technical Innovation Center provides an opportunity for tech start-ups to accelerate into viable companies by providing an array of resources and services. These services include affordable facilities (wet lab and office space), business concept review, customize support services, market evaluation, manufacturing assistance, and more. They are developed or orchestrated by incubator management and are offered both in the incubator and through its network of contact.

Website | 240-500-2479
 
       
Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce
  Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber is a small business whose products and services help other businesses be more successful. The goal is to help your business increase sales and reduces costs and we have many ways to do just that. First, people want to do business with people they know, and we can introduce you to lots of people, customers and suppliers. Second, we let you know what is going on in the community affecting your business, good and bad. And third, we advocate on your behalf with local and state government, working to expand your market and reduce the burden of government regulations.

Website | 301-739-2015
 
       
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  Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center
The Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center (MD SBTDC) provides confidential business start and growth consulting services at no cost. MD SBTDC assists both existing and startups with financial analysis and projections, business planning, pricing and marketing strategies.

 Website | 1-888-237-9007, ext. 4.
 
       
SCORE
  SCORE
Volunteer members of SCORE Hagerstown are a group of 25 experienced business persons who want to be your small business counselors for the life of your business. Open to any entrepreneurial spirit with a desire to provide quality services or products, anticipates providing jobs and growth in the community, willingness to learn and serve others...or with a business idea. Counselors are available to provide face-to-face business counseling at no cost at your worksite or one of their two conveniently located offices.

Website | 301-766-2043
 
       
Western Maryland Consortium
  Western Maryland Consortium
The Western Maryland Consortium assists businesses in acquiring new workers through screening, placement and other workforce development services. Financial assistance for companies is also available to help offset the cost of training new employees if training on the job is necessary. Pre-employment training, educational services and occupational skill training for jobseekers prior to hire can also be arranged where this type of training is required to meet an employer's need for qualified new workers. Training programs can be customized and tailored to specific employer requirements as well. These services are provided at no cost to businesses. 

Website | 301-791-3076
 
     
 USDA Cropped.png   United States Department of Agriculture
The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.  They have a vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation's natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.  Their strategic plan serves as a road map for the Department to help ensure we achieve our mission and implement our vision.           
            
Website | 202-720-2791