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Whatever it takes, Montgomery County helps you with every step of creating a business. From writing a sound business plan, understanding documentation and licensing, site selection, and finding talent, we help you take your business to the next level.

Top 5 Reasons

to plant your business roots in Montgomery County

1. Our choice address

Join the many cutting-edge businesses that span from top global names in IT, BioHealth, Cybersecurity and Hospitality, while also nurturing hundreds of small and emerging businesses. LEARN MORE >

2. Research-rich launch pad

From incubators and accelerators to co-working spaces galore, Montgomery County actively helps you reach success. LEARN MORE >

3. A talent pool of qualified motivated workers

Boost your workforce and build your business, tapping into a county with one of the nation’s highest percentages of people holding advanced degrees.

4. Proximity to seats of power

Our neighbors include the Capitol, 18 Federal agencies and dozens of federal contractors, along with numerous corporate headquarters for major global corporations and brands right in the county.

5. A vibrant live, work, play balance

Welcome to a diverse, inclusive community that includes a top rated school district, world-class restaurants, 350 cultural organizations, 60 galleries, 22 theaters and 50 historic venues. LEARN MORE >

The 8 Steps to Starting a Business

Assess your business potential and find great resources to help your new business, or business idea, get off the ground. Find important resources to write a business plan, learn about financing, registering a business and more. Is licensing required? Research and obtain licenses and permits if needed. Find out more about resources and offices that can help you navigate the process.

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Bethesda, MD

Imagine a world where everyone has access to infection-free healthcare, whether in rural Uganda, a military surgical center, or on the front lines of a natural disaster. Eniware, LLC does more than imagine. They have developed a portable, medical instrument sterilization system for surgical care – no power or water supply needed.

Eniware chose Montgomery as an ideal place for its growing global health biotechnology company, enjoying proximity to government agencies and D.C. Embassies which they call “a convenient hop away by subway and car.” World-class experts on any topic can be found at the National Institutes of Health, less than a mile from their Bethesda office and a perfect compromise for staff living in Baltimore or DC. They took advantage of highly attractive financial incentives: the MOVE grant, Maryland’s visionary Biotechnology Investor Incentive Tax Credit (BIITC) and TEDCO’s small business investment program.


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