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.

Business Training

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.

I’m an entrepreneur at heart. I always knew I wanted to have my own business. We’re a tech company with a soul, and we have a great opportunity to help other small and mid-sized companies like ours.

Ola Sage, Founder & CEO, e-Management

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. 

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.

Find certifying agencies and other information for businesses in Montgomery County, MD >

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.

Georgette “Gigi” Godwin, President & CEO, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce



Rockville, MD

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