Congratulations-- you’re in business! That is no small task, and you certainly should be proud of what you’ve already accomplished!
But, knowing entrepreneurs, you’re probably already thinking -- What’s next? How do I grow and make my business even more successful?
Connect With Your Community
- Engage in your local neighborhood through your Neighborhood Advisory Council and geography-based advocacy groups-- Golden Mile Alliance, East Frederick Rising, Downtown Frederick Partnership
- Participate in Frederick’s networking opportunities
- Join in popular community events, such as First Saturdays, Festival of the Arts, National Night Out, In the Streets, the Great Frederick Fair, Alive at Five and the Holidays in Downtown Frederick. For a full calendar of events, click here.
- Share your ideas with your elected officials and your Department of Economic Development. We are always looking for new ways to improve Frederick’s business environment.
- Stay current on Frederick business news –
- Follow ‘Business in Frederick’ on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
- Sign up for the Department of Economics’ monthly e-News.
Develop Your Workforce
Finding and retaining employees is an integral part of the success of any business. Workforce considerations should include area demographics, local wage trends, and availability of relevant training. It’s important to identify workforce requirements and develop job descriptions that will allow the organization to achieve short and long term goals.
Local Resources for Workforce Development:
- Frederick County Workforce Services – Assistance with employee recruitment and training. www.frederickworks.com or 301-600-2255
- Free Postings to Local Job Boards- Frederick County Workforce Services, Downtown Frederick Partnership, TechFrederick
- Frederick Community College Customized Training - Customized training for businesses, provided in partnership with FCWS www.frederick.edu or 301-846-2404.
- Local Colleges – Frederick Community College, Hood College, Mount Saint Mary’s University, and the University of Maryland system.
Research Grants, Tax Credits, and Incentives
The City, County, and State offer countless other incentives to encourage private investment, façade and property improvements, job creation, workforce development, and energy-efficient practices.
Hone Your Business Skills
Never stop learning! Take advantage of Frederick’s many local educational opportunities.
Small Business Development Center – SBDC provides free & low cost assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Explore classroom offerings – OR - schedule a one-on-one counseling session. Frederick County Consultant: Brandon Mason – 888-237-9007 ext 5
Score: Frederick – is a local business mentor group made up of volunteer experts across a range of industries that offer real life experience and advice.Find a mentor here.