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Marketing Research and Planning

Completing basic research - like market research - can save time, money and a lot of trouble.  The most successful businesses will:

  • Planning and ResearchFind people who will be willing to pay for your product or service (there have to be enough of them to make it worth your while) – research market potential using census data and demographic databases
  • Deliver the service or manufacture the product – research production options using business databases
  • Know who you compete with – research competitors using business databases
  • Understand whether your product is unique or proprietary – research patent filings

The Small Business Administration has launched an online tool that allows small business owners to see how their company compares to the competition.  Research your competitive edge by checking out the SizeUp tool.  Also, don't forget to search through the Resource Navigator to find local organizations that are here to help you with your marketing challenges.

Marketing & Sales Resources

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Baltimore City Small Business Resource Center

Baltimore Small Business Resource Center is the City of Baltimore's One-Stop-Shop for persons seeking to start and grow a business. Our goal is to make Baltimore City America's most entrepreneurial city. We provide training, counseling and resources to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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James Peterson
3000 Druid Park Drive
Suite 3000B
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (443) 451-7160
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Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center

The SBRC is a free service to help you establish, grow and improve your business through one-on-one sessions.
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Leonard Lee
102 W. Pennsylvania Ave. #101
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: (410) 825-6200
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Baltimore Main Street

Baltimore Main Streets(BMS) is a program established by Baltimore City, in 2000, to provide customized support and technical assistance for neighborhood commercial corridors through designated neighborhood-based organizations.
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Verna Jones-Rodwell
1101 E. 33rd Street
Suite C308
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: (443) 451-7160

Belair-Edison Main Street

The Baltimore Main Streets program is an approach to neighborhood revitalization by providing customized support and technical assistance to the City’s commercial corridors.
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Will Smith
3412 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21213
Phone: (410) 485-8422
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CCBC

What's the next step? It's a question asked by people who have an idea, are ready to launch a business, or have a business they want to grow. We offer a variety of classes to answer your questions.

Moire Riley
7201 Rossville Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21237
Phone: (443) 840-1804
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East Monument Main Street

The Baltimore Main Streets program is an approach to neighborhood revitalization by providing customized support and technical assistance to the City’s commercial corridors.

Maria Oliver
1212 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21213
Phone: (443) 524-2595
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Emerging Technology Centers (ETC)

For nearly two decades, the ETC has provided a nurturing, innovative, and transformative experience for technology-focused entrepreneurs who are passionate about their businesses, motivated to succeed and committed to making a difference. Discover what the ETC can offer you — and what you can offer the ETC.
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Ron Stubblefield
101 N. Haven St.
Ste 301
Baltimore, MD 21224
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Federal Hill Main Street

The Baltimore Main Streets program is a neighborhood revitalization program that provides customized support and technical assistance to the City’s commercial corridors.
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Kathy Rosenbaum
42 E. Cross St.
Phone: (443) 904-4861
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Fells Point Main Street

The Baltimore Main Streets program is an approach to neighborhood revitalization by providing customized support and technical assistance to the City’s commercial corridors.

Misty Keens
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Greater Baltimore Urban League

The Greater Baltimore Urban League – Since 1924, we have been helping disadvantaged Marylanders gain access to equal opportunity in employment, education, health care, housing and the civic arena. We encourage you to join the GBUL and take advantage of the many opportunities available to improve the quality of life for you and your community. The Greater Baltimore Urban League, Inc. (GBUL) is one of the local affiliates of the National Urban League– a nonprofit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, social service organization. Through direct service delivery, advocacy, referrals, community capacity building, information dissemination and technical assistance, the League accomplishes its mission to improve social and economic conditions and opportunities for African-Americans and other people who face barriers to full participation in American society.
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Michele Holcombe
512 Orchard St.
Raymond V. Haysbert Sr., Center for Entrepreneurship housed in the Greater Baltimore Urban League
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 523-8150
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