Assessments, Research & Business Planning

Are you an entrepreneur at heart?

Take a free self-assessment or attend the Smart Start – Entrepreneur 101 class offered by the Maryland Small Business Development Center.

Learn more about the steps involved in starting and running a business.

    Access the tools available at the US Small Business Administration where you’ll find:

    • 20 questions to ask yourself before launching
    • Write a business plan
    • Learn about financing
    • Register and Finance a business

    Research your idea & Develop a business plan

    A business plan moves you from a great idea into a viable potential business.

    Gather as much research and information about your potential business as possible: customer demand, industry trends, target market, competition.

    Write your business plan – often requested by financial institutions, investors, creditors, potential employees and partners – not to mention its importance to you personally as you develop your business.

      Business plan resources:

      U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): articles, guidance and templates on business plans and related topics, including: Create a Business Plan.

      The Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE): volunteer counselors and online resources including a Business Plans and Financial Statements Template Gallery

      The Capital Region of the Maryland Small Business Development Center: training and individual counseling, including a Business Plan Starter Kit

      Maryland Women’s Business Center: workshops, including a monthly a Business Plan Workshop and online resources including a sample business plan outline and resource guide for planning a business

      Maryland Department of Commerce: information on starting a business in Maryland on its website

      Montgomery College Workforce Training & Development offers business start-up and planning classes

      Montgomery County Public Libraries: Biz Info, valuable online resources for starting and expanding a business

      Shared Office Space

      If you are looking for flexible office space, Montgomery County has you covered. Get access to quick and easy work spaces with a professional address and virtual office – and no strings attached. Plus, meet a community of collaborators. The county has about 25 shared office locations totaling over 315,000 square feet, with facilities ranging from 1,000 to 30,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 300 people in one center.

      MoCo has a wide spectrum of space options from contemporary coworking space to more traditional offices. See an interactive map for locations of shared office space throughout the county. LEARN MORE >


      ABC’s of Starting a Business
      Monthly workshops available

      Latino Economic Development Center

      Maryland Women’s Business Center
      Training, counseling and many free resources for men and women

      Maryland Small Business Development Center

      Minority, Female, Disabled Business Owners Info Center

      A nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

      Resources to encourage minority, female and disabled business owners to find business success in MoCo