Browse through our collection of helpful informational webpage links and phone numbers to assist current and future business owners. Learn how to start a business, find financing options, and stay up-to-date on legal regulations to follow as a business owner.
The Community Resources section includes various webpage links and phone numbers helpful for Washington County residents.
starting & running your business
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (I-9 form)
For Employees: 888-897-7781
For Employers: 888-464-4218
U.S. Small Business Administration’s Learning Platform
Learn about entrepreneurial best practices and available financing options.
U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2023 Small Business Resource Guide
Start, grow, and build a business.
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Learning Webinars
NFIB is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals.
Utilize the Chamber Job Bank
Chamber members are able to post job openings in our job bank, accessible with your Username & Password. For assistance, please message Director of Member Services Brianna Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Maryland Consortium
Serving the general public in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, the Western Maryland Consortium is a regional workforce development agency. We strive to help workers improve their skills and find employment, leading to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible.
U.S. Small Business Administration’s Ascent for Women Learning Platform
A free learning platform for women entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses.
Boots to Suits - A free monthly event created by Veterans, for Veterans, providing resources and opportunity for networking. This is hosted at our Chamber on the second Tuesday of each month. Click here to register using our event calendar.
Maryland Business Express
Advice on planning, starting, managing and growing your business, for Maryland residents.
Maryland Small Business Development Center
Consulting, training, and advising for aspiring or existing business owners in Maryland.
Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)
Tax relief for companies that lost revenue in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19. Employers can claim the 2020 ERTC until April 15, 2024, and the 2021 ERTC until April 15, 2025.
Advantage Maryland (MEDAAF)
A Maryland program to assist economic development initiatives.
MD Dept. of Commerce—Business Funding Programs in Maryland
Contact: Washington County Business Development Representative, Andrew Sargent, 443-447-4999
eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA)
Maryland’s online procurement platform used to connect the vendor community with contracting opportunities from schools and universities, plus state, county, and local government entities.
Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Account - Video Lottery Terminal Fund (VLT)
This fund uses proceeds from video lottery terminals (slots) to assist small, minority, and women owned businesses.
laws & regulations
MD Dept. of Assessments and Taxation-Charter Business Services
Maryland General Assembly
Stay up to date on new legislation that could affect your business.
Maryland OneStop Portal
OneStop is the central hub for Maryland State licenses, forms, certificates, permits, applications, and registrations.
Hauling Permits - MD Dept. of Transportation State Highway Administration
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.
For EPA IDs or Hazardous Waste Hauler Certifications: 410-537-3400
for the community
Washington County Community Action Council
Community action agency with a goal of helping people achieve self-sufficiency, equipping individuals and families with the information, education, and most importantly, confidence needed to become financially independent, productive members of the community.
211 Maryland is the state's most comprehensive health and human services resource database. With over 7,500 resources, individuals with essential needs can get connected to local help 24/7/365.
Just call 211
Register to Vote / Request Mail-In Ballot
Use this site to register to vote in your federal, state, county, and city elections in Maryland. You can also request a mail-in ballot if needed, or update your voter registration if your name or address has changed.
410-269-2840 or 800-222-8683