EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY SUCCESS STORIES

Any entrepreneur who sets up shop in Montgomery County has come to the right place. Successful woman-owned small businesses range from fabulous restaurants, retail and professional services, to emerging technology companies. Our women are diverse, with a melting pot of cultures represented in the workspace. Women are also creating businesses at twice the rate of men—making 36% of all businesses in the U.S. now woman-owned. Let MCEDC connect you to organizations focused on your helping business prosper in Montgomery County.


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, CEO, CyberRX

A TOP STATE FOR WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESSES

Maryland has outpaced other states concerning the number of female-owned businesses per 1,000 residents, according to the payroll firm Paychex. Maryland has about 17.5 female business owners per 1,000 residents, topping Rhode Island’s 14.8 and Washington’s 13.4. Kensington made the list as well—its rate of 2.1 female business owners per 1,000 residents was the second-most among towns and cities in Maryland.

ASSISTANCE FOR 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 woman leaders. Here are just some of the Montgomery County resources available to our entrepreneurs.

WORKSHOPS & TRAINING

Classes and workshops on business topics help women take their companies to the next level. Here are a few of the area’s support services for woman-owned businesses.

Montgomery County also makes education the highest priority, creating an active pipeline to entrepreneurial success.


General Business & Technical Assistance

Businesses in Montgomery County have access to assistance from many sources. Explore these resources to find the one that best fits your needs and goals. Click below to find online resources, business courses, mentoring, one-on-one business counseling and connections to financing.


Contracts, Opportunities and Procurement Resources

Montgomery County has developed a variety of tools to help businesses owned by women who would like to pursue contracting opportunities. Take advantage of these resources to research what the county buys, who currently holds contracts and when opportunities might come up for bid.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY’S BUSINESS PROGRAM CERTIFICATION

A business owned by a woman, minority, 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 >

 

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