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Minority and Woman-Owned Businesses

The number of minority- and women-owned businesses continues to grow and there are many resources available to support their efforts. There are a variety of agencies and organizations focused on helping minority- and woman-owned businesses grow and prosper in Montgomery County. 

Technical Assistance

Businesses in Montgomery County have access to technical assistance from many different sources just find the best fit for your needs.

General Business Assistance on-line resources, business courses, mentoring, one-on-one business counseling, connections to financing. Targeted Business Assistance 

Business Training

Classes and workshops on business topics help entrepreneurs and business owners take their companies to the next level.

Look to the local colleges, universities, and partnerships for a broad range of business educational opportunities.
  • Montgomery County Small Business Accelerator Program - The Office of Human Rights and M&T Bank are partnering to offer a new 10-week business accelerator program to small businesses based in Montgomery County. The program teaches early-stage and minority entrepreneurs the essentials of business planning, operations, credit building, digital communication, financial management and more.
  • Montgomery College Business and Information Technology Programs for update skills, learn management and leadership strategies prepare for small business ownership and entrepreneurship.
  • Montgomery College Southern Management Leadership Program a three-year experiential learning program that supports, develops, and graduates ethical leaders who want to energize and give back to their local communities. Students complete their associate’s degree at Montgomery College and transfer as a cohort to complete their undergraduate education at the  University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Macklin Business Institute (MBI) Originally a one-year sophomore-level honors business program, MBI has since grown to incorporate an additional two-year program for students applying to Montgomery College as freshman. MBI is an experiential learning program for business students to get hands-on experience in the business world and local community.
  • The Universities at Shady Grove  offers a full range of business courses from leading Maryland universities.

Business workshops and training.

Procurement Resources

Montgomery County has developed a variety of tools to help businesses that would like to pursue contracting opportunities.

There are many resouces avaiilable to small, minority, woman and disabled-owned businesses to reasearch what the county buys, who currently holds contracts and when opportunities might come up for bid.