A Diverse County Open for Your Opportunity
Entrepreneurs who set up shop in Montgomery County have come to the right place. Our minority- and woman-owned small business success stories range from fabulous restaurants, boutiques and professional services to emerging IT, BioHealth and cybersecurity companies. There is power in our diversity with a melting pot of cultures and 138 different languages spoken in our households. No wonder the number of minority-owned and woman-owned businesses are rapidly growing. Women are creating businesses at twice the rate of men, with 36% of all businesses in the U.S. woman-owned. MCEDC can connect you to organizations focused on helping businesses prosper in Montgomery County.
General Business & Technical Assistance
Businesses in Montgomery County have access to assistance from many sources. Explore some of the resources to find what best fits your needs and goals. Click below to find online resources, business courses, mentoring, one-on-one business counseling and connections to financing.
Assistance for Minority- and Woman-Owned Businesses
Montgomery County has dedicated resources to support your venture. Add in networking groups and mentoring opportunities and you’ll see that Montgomery County is ready to support your success. Here are just some of the Montgomery County resources available to our entrepreneurs.
Classes and workshops on business topics help entrepreneurs and business owners take their companies to the next level. Montgomery County makes education the highest priority, creating an active pipeline to entrepreneurial success.
Look to the local colleges and universities for a broad range of business educational opportunities.
- Montgomery College Business Education – Helping local businesses build a more efficient, effective and highly motivated team.
- Montgomery College Hillman Entrepreneurs Program – A scholarship and educational program designed to support, develop and graduate ethical leaders who want to energize and give back to their local communities. Open to all transferable majors starting at Montgomery College and finishing at the University of Maryland, College Park.
- Macklin Business Institute (MBI) – Originally a one-year sophomore-level honors business program, MBI has since grown to incorporate an additional two-year program for students applying to Montgomery College as freshman. MBI is an experiential learning program for business students to get hands-on experience in the business world and local community.
- The Universities at Shady Grove – Offers a full range of business courses from leading Maryland universities.
Business workshops and training are readily available to help you train, develop and flourish.
- Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council
- Latino Economic Development Center
- Maryland Women’s Business Center
- Montgomery College Hispanic Business and Training Institute
- Women Business Owners of Montgomery County
- Montgomery County’s Minority, Female and Disabled-Owned Businesses (MFD) Program and Certification
- Certifying Agencies
- Frequently Asked Questions
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Contracts, Opportunities and Procurement Resources
Montgomery County has developed and fine-tuned a variety of tools to help businesses that would like to pursue contracting opportunities. There are numerous resources available to small businesses or those owned by woman, minorities and the disabled to research what the county buys, who currently holds contracts and when opportunities might come up for bid.
- Central Vendor Registration System (CVRS): Self-managed database of vendor information used by public entities to identify businesses that can respond to solicitations. Businesses can register in the Local Small Business Reserve Program and include business certifications.
- Contract Search: Access to information on contracts including incumbent vendors and contract expiration dates.
- Current Solicitations: Opportunities available for bid.
- dataMontgomery: Direct access to County datasets, including county contracts dataset, in consumable formats.
- Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP): Sets aside 20% of eligible procurements for local small businesses.
- Minority, Female and Disabled-owned (MFD) Program: Expands opportunities for MFD firms on County contracts.
Montgomery County’s Minority Business Program
A business owned by a minority, woman, or disabled person is a firm that is at least 51% owned, controlled and managed daily by one or more persons of minority status. To participate in Montgomery County’s Minority Business Program, a firm must be certified by one of the six agencies listed below. The County’s Procurement Regulations encourage departments and agencies to actively recruit certified MFD-owned businesses to provide goods, services (professional and non-professional) and construction services for performing government functions.
Congratulations to Daniel Parra, MCEDC Director of Small and Minority Business Development, on winning the Minority Business Leader Award from the Washington Business Journal. It was well deserved! Thank you for your excellent leadership in our community. I am honored to have you as a member of our Advisory Board.
BLACK LION CAFE
Ethiopia is considered to be the birthplace of coffee, and this local, family-owned coffee house has brought these world-famous beans to Rockville. Every cup that Black Lion serves is the delicious result of their family’s highest standards and premium brands. Taste the authentic Ethiopian flavor in their meticulously designed and comfortable café, or take home products roasted fresh from their high-tech roaster and packed immediately to provide the very best quality.
Director of Small and Minority Business Development