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.

About

The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) is a cooperative effort between the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development. The SBRC was established in 1983 as a way to improve the Chamber’s ability to serve the business community, particularly the small business community.

The SBRC is a free service to help you establish, grow, and improve your business. The center’s counselors have had real world experience and success within the small business arena, equipping them to offer you expert advice. For more than 30 years, the SBRC has served more than 6,000 clients and assisted more than 700 businesses get started.

Services offered include:

Business Plan Development

A well-developed business plan is the most important step in establishing a business. It helps you focus on the goals necessary to get your business up and running. It is also a necessary tool for marketing yourself to potential lenders. SBRC counselors can help with business plan templates, give guidance on how and where to conduct the necessary research and help fine tune your plan.

Marketing Advice

A business cannot be successful if no one knows about it. The SBRC can help you determine the best marketing strategy for your business by pointing you to the resources needed to conduct market research.

Financial Assistance

Locating funding can be one of the most difficult tasks when trying to establish or expand a business. The SBRC can point you to a variety of public and private financial resources. Resources include loan programs run by the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the banking system Over the past 20 years, the SBRC has helped businesses find $60 million in loan assistance.

Minority Business Enterprise Certification

The SBRC is committed to ensuring equal procurement opportunities and to encouraging all vendors to ensure equal opportunity in employment and subcontracting. SBRC counselors can assist you with documentation for the MBE Certification application.

Services Provided

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African American Business
  • Hispanic Business
  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Technology Grants
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loan Providers

Import and Export Assistance

  • Import/Export Certification and Licensing
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Marketing/Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Women, Minority & Business Disadvantaged Certification
  • Government & Military Specifications
  • Registration Assistance

Office, Incubator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Office Space

Economic and Site Development

  • Revitalization

Regulatory Compliance

  • Codes
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Patent Information

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Small Business Policy
  • Women’s Business

Business Planning

  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Import and Export Assistance

  • Trade Education and Training

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources

Marketing/Sales

  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Tax Credits

Office, Incubator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Retail Space

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

Regulatory Compliance

  • Trademark & Copyright Information

Economic and Site Development

  • Site Location Assistance

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise

Regulatory Compliance

  • International Regulatory Compliance

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Selling to Foreign Governments & Businesses

Economic and Site Development

  • Tax Credits

Regulatory Compliance

  • Insurance Requirements

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts

Office, Incubator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Site Location
  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities

Business Planning

  • Forming a Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review

Office, Incubator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Lease Review

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Valuation
  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Demographic/Census Data

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Real Estate Finance

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Venture Capital Equity Providers

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling

Office, Incubator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Accelerator / Incubator / CoWorking / Makerspace

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • LGBT Business
  • Maryland Business Issues
  • Native American Business

Tax Services

  • Tax Credits

Registration, License and Permits

  • Registration, License and Permits

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Micro Loans
  • Project Based Funding
  • Crowd funding