• BaltimoreSourceLink.com is a one-stop shop for a vast array of small business-related information, from counseling to financial resources to information on required permits and licenses.
  • Façade Improvement Grants
    • The Baltimore Development Corporation’s Façade Improvement Grant program offers matching grants of up to $7,500 for improvements to the front exterior of your building. Contact Sean Johnson at 410-837-9305.
    • The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore’s Façade Improvement Program offers matching grants of up to $10,000 for improvements to the front exterior of your building. Contact Luis Cardona at lcardona@dpob.org or 410-605-0453.
  • Loans
    • The Baltimore Development Corporation’s Micro Loan Fund offers micro loans for existing and start-up small businesses with financing for working capital, furniture, fixtures, machinery, and equipment. The loans are for amounts between $5,000 to $30,000. For information, contact info@BaltimoreDevelopment.com or call 410-837-9305.
    • The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) has a Micro Lending Program that offers $5,000-$50,000 loans with rates from 7.5 to 14% and terms from 6 months to five years. The loans may be used as a bridge loan for matching funds for government grant programs, including façade improvement grants. Despite its name, the LEDC works with business owners of all races and ethnicities. Contact Omar Velasco at ovelasco@ledcmetro.org or 443-708-7035.
    • The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development offers flexible financing to new or expanding small businesses or nonprofit organizations through its Neighborhood Business Works program. Contact Michael Haloskey at michael.haloskey@maryland.gov or 301-429-7523.
  • Small Business Counseling
    • The LEDC’s Small Business Development Department offers counseling for small businesses on topics ranging from business plans to personal and business finances to permits and licenses. Contact Omar Velasco at ovelasco@ledcmetro.org or 443-708-7035.
    • The Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) cultivates and supports the growth and development of small businesses and entrepreneurs in Baltimore City through technical assistance, training, counseling, workshops and a vast resource library. Contact the SBRC at 443-451-7160.
    • The Maryland Small Business Development Center Corridor Region office offers free counseling and low-cost training to new and existing businesses. For training and workshops, contact Kim Andrews at 301-403-8300 x. 22 or kandrew4@umd.edu; for counseling and other questions, contact Ruth Chavez at 301-403-0501 or rchavez@umd.edu.
    • The Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr., Center for Entrepreneurship at the Greater Baltimore Urban League provides business development assistance to help small business owners start right, get right, and grow right through workshops, seminars, and one-on-one consulting.
    • The Small Business Administration’s Maryland office, located in Baltimore City, offers a range of counseling services and has a specific program for women entrepreneurs. For information, contact Tonia McCoy at 410-962-6195 or tonia.mccoy@sba.gov.
  • TECHCONNECT – The Downtown Partnership offers financial incentives to technology companies that lease commercial space within the Downtown Management Authority boundaries, which includes all of Market Center. Small- to medium-sized tech businesses of all types are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will receive up to $10,000, site selection and brokerage help from Downtown Partnership.