Business Resources

Helpful Links

LEGAL & REGULATIONS

Business Law and Regulations (from Small Business Administration) - http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/managing-business/business-law-regulations

Guide to Legal Aspects of Doing Business in MD (MD Attorney General & Dept. of Business and Economic Development) - http://www.oag.state.md.us/legalaspects.pdf

Maryland Entrepreneur’s Guide (Wikibook) - http://mdenthandbook.org/?7cf2b480

Official Website of the U.S. Government - http://business.usa.gov/



INCORPORATION AND BUSINESS NAME 

    MD Dept. of Assessments & Taxation (legal entities only) - www.dat.state.md.us -  410-767-1350 

    Washington County Office 301-791-3050 

    MD Dept. of Assessments and Taxation-Corporate Charter Division --Trade name & corporate name availability & search - http://sdatcert3.resiusa.org/ucc-charter/CharterSearch_f.aspx - 410-767-1330

LICENSES AND PERMITS 

Local
 

    Washington County (Clerk of the Circuit Court) - www.courts.state.md.us/clerks/washington/business.html - 301-790-7991 

State 

    MD Department of Business and Economic Development—BLIS (Maryland’s Business License Information System) - www.choosemaryland.org/blis/pages/default.aspx -1-888-ChooseMD or 410-767-6300  

    Comptroller of Maryland— State License Bureau - http://taxes.marylandtaxes.com/Resource_Library/Taxpayer_Assistance/Frequently_Asked_Questions/Business_Tax_FAQs/Business_License_FAQs/10.shtml - 1-866-239-9359 or 410-260-6240 

    MD Dept. of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (Occupational Licensing) - http://dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/boards.aspx - 410-230-6231 

    MD Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene (Health Related Occ. Licensing) - www.dhmh.state.md.us/html/proflicm.htm -1-877-463-3464 

Washington County 

    Permitting Department (Electrical, Entrance, Grading, Mechanical, Plumbing, Utility, Zoning Permits) - www.washco-md.net/permits/permits1.shtm - 240-313-2460 

    Health Department - www.washhealth.org - 240-313-3400 

    Board of Liquor License Commissioners - www.wcliquor-bd.org - 301-797-4591




EMPLOYEE CONSIDERATIONS 

Federal 

    Employer Identification Number (EIN) - http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Employer-ID-Numbers-EINs - 1-800-829-4933 

    Federal Withholding Tax - http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Employment-Taxes-2 - 1-800-829-3676 

    Federal Self-Employment Tax - http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Self-Employment-Tax-Social-Security-and-Medicare-Taxes - 1-800-829-4933 

    Social Security Administration - www.ssa.gov - 1-800-772-1213 

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (I-9 form) - http://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central - Forms: 1-800-870-3676 

    Employer Hotline: 1-800-357-2099 

    Workplace Disabilities Programs - http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/smallbusiness/smallbusprimer2010.pdf - 1- 800-669-3362

State 

    Unemployment or Workers Compensation Insurance  

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

        Unemployment Insurance - http://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/empfaq.shtml

        Workers’ Compensation Insurance - http://www.wcc.state.md.us/PDF/Publications/QandA_Emplr.pdf  

    Maryland Business Taxes 
        MD Comptroller of the Treasury - http://taxes.marylandtaxes.com/Business_Taxes/New_Businesses - 1-800-638-2937 or 410-260-7980 
            Hagerstown Branch 301-791-4776




ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS 

    MD Dept. of the Environment  - http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/regulations/Pages/index.aspx - 1-800-633-6101 or 410-537-3000 
        Field Office-Hagerstown 301-665-2850

Environmental Permits (Air. Land, Water Management permits) - www.mde.state.md.us/Programs/Permits/Pages/index.aspx - 410-537-3772




SAFETY & HEALTH REGULATIONS

Federal -Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) (https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/index.html)
1-800-321-OSHA(6742)
State -MD Occupational Safety & Health (www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/mosh) 410-527-4499
MD Dept. of the Environment (www.mde.maryland.gov) 410-537-3000

EMPLOYMENT REQUIRING A PERMIT/REGISTRATION AND/OR LICENSE

Vehicles for transporting oil, radiation control
MD Dept. of the Environment (http://www.mde.state.md.us) 1-800-633-6101 or 410-631-3000
Boilers, Elevators, Amusements
MD Dept. of Licensing & Regulation (http://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/safety)
Boilers 410-767-2330
Elevators 410-767-2339
Amusements 410-767-2348
Oversize/Overweight vehicles
MD State Highway Administration (http://www.roads.maryland.gov/Index.aspx?PageId=58) 1-800-846-6435 or 410-582-5727
(http://permits.scranet.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/MDpdf.pdf)
All motor vehicles
MD Motor Vehicle Administration (http://www.mva.maryland.gov) 410-768-7000


POTENTIAL HAZARD TO THE PUBLIC THAT MAY REQUIRE A LICENSE

Asbestos handling, radioactive material handling, waste discharge into State waters, Operation/terminal facilities, transport of hazardous
substances, sewage, sludge and refuse disposal.
MD Dept. of the Environment-Hazardous Waste Program (http://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Land/HazardousWaste/HazardousWasteHome/Pages/Programs/LandPrograms/Hazardous_Waste/home/index.aspx) 410-537-3356
Use of pesticides
MD Dept. of Agriculture-Pesticide Regulation (http://mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/pages/pesticide_regulation.aspx) 410-841-5710


ALTERATIONS TO STATE HIGHWAYS REQUIRE A PERMIT:

Outdoor advertising signs along a highway, constructing an entrance to a State Highway; Installing or altering a traffic signal.
MD State Highway Administration—District 6 (Washington County) 1-800-760-7138 or 301-729-8400


PATENTS, TRADEMARKS, COPYRIGHTS

Federal- Trademarks and Patents--U.S. Patent & Trademark office (www.uspto.gov) 1-800-786-9199
Copyrights—U.S. Copyright Office (www.copyright.gov) 1-877-476-0778 or 202-707-3000
State- Trademark—MD Secretary of State) (http://www.sos.state.md.us/Registrations/Trademarks/Trademarks.aspx)
1- 888-0013 x3859 or 410-974-5521 




ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT 

    EDUCATIONAL COURSES 

        SCORE Chapter—Hagerstown (www.scorehagerstown.org) 301-766-2043 
        Hagerstown Community College (Continuing Education) (http://www.hagerstowncc.edu/coned) 240-500-2476 
        Univ. of MD Extension /Wash Co. (http://extension.umd.edu/washington-county) 301-791-1304 

    COUNSELING & ASSISTANCE 

        Small Business Development Center—Western Maryland (www.westernmdsbdc.org) 1- 888-237-9007 x4 
        SCORE Chapter—Hagerstown (www.scorehagerstown.org) 301-766-2043 

    PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 

        Maryland State Bar Association (www.msba.org) 1- 800-492-1964 or 410-685-7878 
        Maryland Assoc. of Certified Public Accountants (www.macpa.org) 1- 800-782-2036 or 410-296-6250 

    PERSONNEL 

        Maryland Workforce Exchange Washington County One Stop Job Center (http://www.dllr.state.md.us/county/wash) 301-393-8200 

    TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE 

        Maryland Technology Development Corporation (www.marylandtedco.org) 1-800-395-5556 or 410-740-9442 
        Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) (www.mtes.umd.edu) 301-405-3906 
        Hagerstown Community College Technical Innovation Center (www.hagerstowncc.edu/technical-innovation-center) 240-500-2399



BUSINESS FINANCING & PROGRAMS

FINANCE PROGRAMS

U.S. Small Business Administration Loans (www.sba.gov/financing) 410-962-6195
MD Dept. of Business & Economic Development—Business Resources (www.choosemaryland.org/businessresources)
410-767-6300 or 1-888-ChooseMD
Tri-County Council Revolving Loan Fund http://www.tccwmd.org/programs/rlf.html 301-689-1300
U.S. Export Assistance Center (Baltimore) (www.export.gov/maryland) 410-962-4539

CITY & COUNTY ASSISTANCE

City of Hagerstown (www.hagerstownadvance.com/doing-business/incentives) 301-739-8577 x141
Washington County Department of Business Development (hagerstownedc.org) 240-313-2280
Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce (www.hagerstown.org) 301-739-2015
Hancock Chamber of Commerce (www.hancockmd.com) 301-678-5900

MINORITY/WOMEN/VETERANS ASSISTANCE

Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program (www.sba.gov/8a) 410-962-6195
U.S. Dept. of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (www.mbda.gov) 202-482-2332
Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (http://goma.maryland.gov/Pages/home.aspx) 1- 877-558-0998 or 410-767-8232
Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (www.mdhcc.org) 410-931-8100
Veterans Fast Launch Initiative (www.score.org/vetsfastlaunch) 800-634-0245
Office of Veterans Business Development (www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ovbd) 202-205-6773



CONTRACTING

GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT

Federal-Government Contract Registration (www.governmentcontractregistration.com) 1-855-313-7364x1
State-eMaryland Marketplace (https://emaryland.buyspeed.com/bso) 1-800-449-4347 or 410-767-1492
Maryland PTAP (Procurement Technical Assistance Program) (www.mdptap.org) 1-866-228-0432 or 301-403-2740






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