Underrepresented Business Resources
Our Business Start-Up Guide is designed to help entrepreneurs navigate the start-up process in The City of Frederick as efficiently and effectively as possible. Read through the steps to learn about local business resources, potential tax credits & financial assistance, important real estate considerations, required licenses & permits, promotional opportunities, and more!
A translation of the Business Start Up Guide in Spanish is available here.
Administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides free and low-cost assistance to all small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs through classroom offerings and one-on-one counseling sessions. Courses and counseling is also available in Spanish. Learn more here.
This State-sponsored office is committed to connecting the small business community to greater economic opportunities in both the public and private sectors. The office offers subject matter experts in a variety of areas including the Small Business Reserve (SBR) program and the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program. Check out their calendar of events or explore their resources online here.
Woman to Woman works to cultivate mentoring relationships between women to provide guidance, support, and community connections. The organization hosts events and connects mentees with mentors to promote confidence, new skills, and new relationships. Learn more here.
Centro Hispano de Frederick’s mission is to "inform, refer, and educate the limited English proficient residents of Frederick County in order to promote full participation in the community.” The non-profit organization offers English classes, citizen preparation classes, basic computer courses, legal assistance, translation services, and more. Become involved here.
The Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland is an international community services agency. The organization is committed to empowering low-income families and immigrants from diverse backgrounds by promoting self-sufficiency, greater social change, education, and legal rights. Learn more about the organization here.
The Asian American Center is dedicated to providing essential tools to the immigrant community members. The Center focuses on citizen integration, health & human services, English as a Second Language courses, and interpreter/translation opportunities. Explore the Center here.
The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce aims to promote the establishment, growth, prosperity and retention of Hispanic businesses in Maryland. Learn more here.
The mission of the MBCC is to educate, connect, and advocate for black businesses across Maryland. The MBCC offers training and education, programs promoting business growth, and events encouraging networking and creating business partnerships. Find out more here.