Partners & Business Resources

The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) collaborates with several government and private partners to provide services that will help your business grow and succeed. We all know how confusing it can be to do business in the 21st century.

BDC is here to serve as your guide to resources in Baltimore.

A BDC representative will work with you, one on one, to help you navigate all of the powerful resources available as you do business in the city. BDC can also help you determine the mix of resources that will benefit you the most—from financing to permits to site selection.


Emerging Technology Center (ETC)
The Emerging Technology Center helps early-stage companies grow and prosper. As part of the Baltimore Development Corporation, the ETC also promotes economic development, providing start-ups with business, technical, and networking connections that will help them to become profitable — adding to both the job and tax base of Baltimore

Small Business Resource Center
Small Business Resource Center, where you can learn more about starting your own business, preparing a business plan, getting credit, business taxes and regulatory responsibilities, networking, and much more. The Center has a large business library, plus internet access to magazines and newspapers nationwide, videos, as well as literature and self-help guides for your research on a variety of business

Baltimore Main Streets
Baltimore Main Streets provides customized support and public resources to designated neighborhood business districts. Each Main Street organization works on a comprehensive strategy tailored to local needs and opportunities. This public-private partnership effectively leverages private investment and confidence in the commercial real estate market, and spurs economic activity in areas that were thought to be beyond repair. Our track record proves that this model is helping to stabilize Baltimore's neighborhood business

BDC also responds to business needs on a daily basis via the Mayor’s Open for Business website. Open for Business provides you with the information and guidance you need on how to open a business in Baltimore City. On this site, you will find permit and license information and applications, agency contacts and helpful resources to get you started.


Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce
The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce promotes interaction among members of the Baltimore business community.

The Baltimore Collegetown Network
The Baltimore Collegetown Network brings 15 area colleges and universities together with government, business and community leaders to develop and market Baltimore as a vibrant place to live and

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city in which to live, work and

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit corporation working with the public and private sectors to make Downtown Baltimore a great place for businesses, employees, residents, and visitors. Our efforts have made Downtown cleaner & safer, attracted new residents & retailers, and increased

Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore is the regional business development and marketing organization that focuses on bringing jobs and capital investment to Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard

Greater Baltimore Committee
The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) works to improve the business climate of the Greater Baltimore region by organizing its corporate and civic leadership to develop solutions to the problems that affect the region's competitiveness and

Live Baltimore
Live Baltimore Home Center is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1997 to promote the benefits of city living. As the single source for information about living in Baltimore City, Live Baltimore provides comprehensive information about city neighborhoods, real estate professionals and home buying incentive

Mayor's Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development
The Mayor's Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development (MWBD) works to improve the success rate of minority and women owned companies seeking to do business with the City of Baltimore. Minority and Women-Owned Business Development

Mayor's Office of Employment Development
The Mayor's Office of Employment Development (MOED), Baltimore City's lead workforce development agency, recognizes that people need jobs with benefits and opportunities for advancement and businesses need workers who are educated, skilled and ready to work. MOED uses its resources and leverages those of its federal, state and local government, non-profit, business and philanthropic partners to focus on both sides of this workforce equation. MOED works in concert with the Mayoral-appointed Baltimore Workforce Investment Board (BWIB) to implement a workforce plan predicated on promoting local hiring by providing area employers with direct access to City job seekers who qualify to meet their employment needs and helping City residents become prepared for and connect to these jobs. Mayor's Office of Employment Development

Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI)
Regional Manufacturing Institutebrings together numerous public organizations and industry, providing learning models on lean practices, exporting, green and advanced

State of Maryland, Department of Business and Economic Development
DBED, on behalf of the State, works to attract new businesses, stimulate private investment and create jobs, encourage the expansion and retention of existing companies and provide businesses in Maryland with workforce training and financial assistance. The department promotes the State’s many economic advantages as a business

State of Maryland, Department of Transportation – Office of Minority Business Enterprise
State of Maryland, Department of Transportation – Office of Minority Business Enterprise is Maryland’s certification agency for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and/or Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) businesses. Office of Minority Business Enterprise

State of Maryland, Department of Transportation Port Administration
The Port of Baltimore is known as one of Maryland’s main economic engines. Approximately 120,000 jobs are linked to the Port, including 16,500 direct jobs. The Port is also a major source of personal and business revenue for Maryland. In 2006, the Port was responsible for $3.6 billion in personal wages and salary income and it generated $1.9 billion in business revenues. The Port also generated state, county, and municipal taxes of $388

Visit Baltimore
Visit Baltimore a membership-based organization, is the official destination development and marketing leader for Greater Baltimore, responsible for generating incremental economic benefits to the community through the attraction of convention and leisure visits.

The World Trade Institute
The World Trade Institute (WTCI) strives to drive the growth of Maryland’s flourishing global business

The U.S. Export Assistance Center (Baltimore)
The U.S. Export Assistance Center (Baltimore) serves companies in the State of Maryland in their pursuit of international trade.