Start a Business

Getting Started

Starting a business is an exciting and challenging undertaking. Please take a minute to fill out our business assistance form so we can personalize an approach to help your business grow!

Start-up Checklist

  • Are you aware of the various tax regulations that will impact your business?
  • Do you have a location in mind?
  • Have you chosen a name for your business and registered it?
  • Have you decided on a legal structure?
  • Have you drafted a business plan?
  • Have you established a system for keeping records and recording cash flow?
  • Have you obtained the appropriate permits and licenses?
    • The Department of Planning & Zoning has created a helpful webpage called Do I Need a Permit? to help answer questions you may have about permitting.
  • Have you performed a cash flow projection to help predict revenues and expenditures?
  • Have you performed a market analysis for determining the feasibility of your business?
  • Have you secured financing for your business?
  • How will you market and attract customers to your business?

To help ensure your success, it is important to familiarize yourself with the basic requirements for starting a business in Maryland. Email or call 410-535-4583 for more information.