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Bisnet, USDA
Business information and strategies for development in rural communities through a partnership between USDA and 1890 land-grant universities.

Website:
http://bisnet.cmps.subr.edu/

Contact:
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Choose Maryland
The mission of Choose Maryland is to create, attract and retain jobs while promoting the state's vibrant culture and history.

Website:
http://www.choosemaryland.org

Contact:
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
World Trade Center
401 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
410-767-6300 -or- 1 888-ChooseMD
Economic Development Administration USDOC
EDA targets its investment assistance on attracting private capital investment and creating higher-skill, higher-wage jobs in those communities and regions that are suffering from economic distress.

Website:
http://www.eda.gov

Contact:
Philadelphia Regional Office
The Curtis Center, Suite 140 South
601 Walnut Street
Philadelphia,PA 19106-3821
215-597-4603
215-597-1063 fax
Willie C. Taylor, Regional Director
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Maryland Office of Smart Growth
The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) promotes growth that fosters vibrant, livable communities, preserves and protects historical, cultural, and natural assets, and makes efficient use of State resources. MDP’s works to discourage growth that results in “sprawl” development.

Website:
http://www.mdp.state.md.us/

Contact:
Lower Eastern Shore Planning Services
Tracey Gordy, Director
Keith Lackie
410-713-3460
Fax: 410-713-3470
Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)
The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), an independent entity, was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1998 to facilitate the transfer and commercialization of technology from Maryland’s research universities and federal labs into the marketplace and to assist in the creation and growth of technology-based businesses in all regions of the State.

Website:
http://www.marylandtedco.com

Contact:
Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)
5565 Sterrett Place Suite 214, Columbia, Maryland 21044
(410) 740-9442, fax (410) 740-9422
1-800-305-5556
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MoveSmart
Maryland's Eastern Shore - A Smart Place to do Business: Find out about economic development in this region.

Website:
http://www.movesmart.us

Contact:
Daniel S. Kuennen
Director, Rural Development Center
Maryland Cooperative Extension & Assistant to the President for University Outreach & Community Engagement
Room 2147 Richard A. Henson Center
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, Maryland 21853 USA
410-651-6183
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Red Book - Catalog Of Maryland State Assistance Programs
The Red Book Online is a database of financial and non-financial assistance offered by Maryland State government agencies. The Maryland Department of Planning maintains the database and each sponsoring agency provides updated information.

Website:
http://www.mdp.state.md.us/OurWork/redbook/
Rural Business-Cooperative Service USDA
Mission: "To increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for all rural Americans."

Website:
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/

Contact:
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Somerset County Economic Development Commission
Proud of our positive business climates, we appreciate our local businesses and respond to their needs. Tax rates are reasonable. Unique financing is available. Our work force is productive and they have a heritage of self-reliance and pride that is reflected in their work. Somerset County is more than a wise place to do business. It is also a wonderful place to live.

Website:
http://www.somersetcountyedc.org

Contact:
Somerset County Economic Development Commission
11916 Somerset Avenue - Suite 202
Princess Anne, MD 21853
410-651-0500 -or- 888-651-0500
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Special Initiatives in Rural Development, USDA
Program Goals: Develop income-producing projects for under-developed rural communities; Create self-sustaining, long-term economic development in targeted areas of high unemployment through partnerships with the Universities and community-based organizations; Assist and guide these communities in becoming self-sustainable.

Website:
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_1890LandGrant.html

Contact:
USDA Rural Development Office
202-690-4730
Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland
The Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland was formed by an Act of the Maryland General Assembly in 2001. The purpose of the Council is to facilitate regional planning and development in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

Website:
http://lowershore.org
http://tcclesmd.org

Contact:
100 Pearl Street, Suite A
Snow Hill, MD 21863
Phone (410) 632-4700
Fax (410) 632-5631
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U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Website:
In English: http://www.sba.gov/

En Español: http://www.sba.gov/espanol/centrodeinformacion.html

Contact:
US Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416
800-827-5722
Answer Desk TTY: 704-344-6640
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