Business Resources

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LEGAL & REGULATIONS

Business Law and Regulations (from Small Business Administration)

Guide to Legal Aspects of Doing Business in MD (MD Attorney General & Dept. of Business and Economic Development)

Maryland Entrepreneur’s Guide (Wikibook)

Official Website of the U.S. Government



INCORPORATION AND BUSINESS NAME 

    MD Dept. of Assessments & Taxation (legal entities only) 
    410-767-1350 

    Washington County Office 
    301-791-3050 

    MD Dept. of Assessments and Taxation-Corporate Charter Division 
    Trade name & corporate name availability & search 
    410-767-1330

LICENSES AND PERMITS 

Local
 

    Washington County (Clerk of the Circuit Court)  
    301-790-7991 

State 

    MD Department of Business and Economic Development
    BLIS (Maryland’s Business License Information System) 
    1-888-ChooseMD or 410-767-6300  

    Comptroller of Maryland
    State License Bureau 
    1-866-239-9359 or 410-260-6240 

    MD Dept. of Labor, Licensing & Regulation 
    Occupational Licensing  
    410-230-6231 

    MD Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene 
    Health Related Occ. Licensing
    1-877-463-3464 

Washington County 

    Permitting Department 
    Electrical, Entrance, Grading, Mechanical, Plumbing, Utility, Zoning Permits
    240-313-2460 

    Health Department  
    240-313-3400 

    Board of Liquor License Commissioners
    301-797-4591




EMPLOYEE CONSIDERATIONS 

Federal 

    Employer Identification Number (EIN) 
    1-800-829-4933 

    Federal Withholding Tax  
    1-800-829-3676 

    Federal Self-Employment Tax 
    1-800-829-4933 

    Social Security Administration 
    1-800-772-1213 

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (I-9 form) 
    Forms: 1-800-870-3676 
    Employer Hotline: 1-800-357-2099 

    Workplace Disabilities Programs
    1-800-669-3362

State 

    Unemployment or Workers Compensation Insurance  

        MD Dept. of Labor, Licensing & Regulations
        1-800-492-5524 or 410-949-0033 

        Unemployment Insurance 

        Workers’ Compensation Insurance 

    Maryland Business Taxes 

        MD Comptroller of the Treasury
        1-800-638-2937 or 410-260-7980 
        Hagerstown Branch - 301-791-4776




ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS 

    MD Dept. of the Environment   
    1-800-633-6101 or 410-537-3000 
    Field Office-Hagerstown - 301-665-2850 

    Environmental Permits 
    Air, Land, Water Management permits
    410-537-3772




SAFETY & HEALTH REGULATIONS 

    Federal 

        Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 
        1-800-321-OSHA(6742) 

    State 

        MD Occupational Safety & Health 
        410-527-4499 

        MD Dept. of the Environment  
        410-537-3000



EMPLOYMENT REQUIRING A PERMIT/REGISTRATION AND/OR LICENSE 


    MD Dept. of the Environment 
    Vehicles for transporting oil, radiation control 
    1-800-633-6101 or 410-631-3000 


    MD Dept. of Licensing & Regulation 
    Boilers - 410-767-2330 
    Elevators - 410-767-2339 
    Amusements - 410-767-2348 

    MD State Highway Administration 
    Oversize/Overweight vehicles 
    1-800-846-6435 or 410-582-5727 
   
    MD Motor Vehicle Administration  
    410-768-7000



POTENTIAL HAZARD TO THE PUBLIC THAT MAY REQUIRE A LICENSE 

    MD Dept. of the Environment-Hazardous Waste Program 
    Asbestos handling, radioactive material handling, waste discharge into State waters, 
    operation/terminal facilities, transport of hazardous substances, sewage, sludge and refuse disposal. 
    
410-537-3356 

    MD Dept. of Agriculture-Pesticide Regulation 
    Use of pesticides 
    410-841-5710



ALTERATIONS TO STATE HIGHWAYS REQUIRE A PERMIT 

    MD State Highway Administration
    Outdoor advertising signs along a highway, constructing an entrance to a State Highway; 
    Installing or altering a traffic signal. 

    District 6 (Washington County) 1-800-760-7138 or 301-729-8400



PATENTS, TRADEMARKS, COPYRIGHTS 

    Federal 

        U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
        1-800-786-9199 

        U.S. Copyright Office 
        1-877-476-0778 or 202-707-3000 

    State

        Trademark—MD Secretary of State 
        1- 888-0013 x3859 or 410-974-5521 




ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT 

    EDUCATIONAL COURSES 

        SCORE Chapter—Hagerstown 
        301-766-2043 
           
        Frostburg State University
        240-527-2747 

        
Hagerstown Community College 
        240-500-2476 

        Kaplan University       
        301-766-3600 

        Mount St. Mary's University
        301-447-6122 
  
        Shepherd University - Martinsburg
        304-263-3303 

        University of Maryland, University College
        240-527-2711 
   
        University System of Maryland at Hagerstown
        240-527-2060 

        Univ. of MD Extension/Wash Co. 
        301-791-1304 

    COUNSELING & ASSISTANCE 

        Small Business Development Center—Western Maryland 
        1- 888-237-9007 x4 

      
        SCORE Chapter—Hagerstown 
        301-766-2043 


    PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 

        Washington County Bar Association
        
        Maryland State Bar Association 
        1-800-492-1964 or 410-685-7878 

        Maryland Assoc. of Certified Public Accountants  
        1-800-782-2036 or 410-296-6250 

    PERSONNEL 

        Maryland Workforce Exchange Washington County One Stop Job Center 
        301-393-8200 

    TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE 

        Maryland Technology Development Corporation 
        1-800-395-5556 or 410-740-9442 

        Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute  
        301-405-3906 

        Hagerstown Community College Technical Innovation Center 
        240-500-2399



BUSINESS FINANCING & PROGRAMS 

    U.S. Small Business Administration Loans  
    410-962-6195 

    MD Dept. of Business & Economic Development—Business Resources  
    410-767-6300 or 1-888-ChooseMD 

    Tri-County Council Revolving Loan Fund 
    301-689-1300 

    U.S. Export Assistance Center (Baltimore) 
    410-962-4539



CITY & COUNTY ASSISTANCE 

    City of Hagerstown 
    301-739-8577 x141 

    Washington County Department of Business Development 
    240-313-2280



MINORITY/WOMEN/VETERANS ASSISTANCE 

    Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program 
     410-962-6195 

    U.S. Dept. of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency  
    202-482-2332 

    Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs 
    1-877-558-0998 or 410-767-8232 

    Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 
    410-931-8100 

    Veterans Fast Launch Initiative  
    800-634-0245 

    Office of Veterans Business Development  
    202-205-6773



GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT 

    Federal-Government Contract Registration 
    1-855-313-7364x1 

    State-eMaryland Marketplace  
    1-800-449-4347 or 410-767-1492 

    Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Program 
    1-866-228-0432 or 301-403-2740






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