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B.E.A.C.O.N.
BEACON, The Business Economic and Community Outreach Network, of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University, offers business, economic, workforce, and community development consulting and assistance services to a variety of organizations, including businesses, government agencies, and non-profit community-based organizations.

Website:
http://beacon.salisbury.edu

Contact:
BEACON House
1015 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801-6860
410-546 6001
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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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Delmarva Birding Weekend
The Delmarva Birding Weekend is a unique opportunity for wild life enthusiasts to visit a region so rich in bird species - both local and migratory. This event was developed by a diverse group of non profits and local businesses to help promote eco-tourism on Delmarva.

Website:
http://delmarvabirding.org

Contact:
104 West Market Street, Snow Hill, MD 21863
410-632-3110 -or- 800-852-0335
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Delmarva Education Foundation
Delmarva Education Foundation (DEF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve college access and success for residents on the lower Delmarva Peninsula. DEF helps people find money to continue their education.

Website:
http://www.delmarvaed.org

Contact:
Delmarva Education Foundation
1320 Belmont Avenue, Suite 403-B
Salisbury, Maryland 21804
410-219-3336
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Delmarva Low Impact Tourism Experiences (DLITE)
Delmarva Low-Impact Tourism Experiences (DLITE) seeks to bring that experience to thousands of people like you each year. While hiking, fishing, biking, birding or any of the myriad other recreational activities on the Delmarva Peninsula, many of you will have that seminal experience that motivates you to become conservationists.

Website:
http://www.dliteonline.net

Contact:
Delmarva Low Impact Tourism Experiences
P.O. Box 669, Salisbury, MD 21803
443-944-8097
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Dot’s Community Food Pantry
Dot's Community Food Pantry, Inc. is a non-profit organization which provides food, non-food products, clothing, and other household products to those in need in Somerset County and on the Lower Shore.

Website:
http://www.dotsfoodpantry.org

Contact:
8365 Mennonite Church Road, Westover
410-957-2139
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Hawk Children’s Fund
The Hawk Children's Fund was established in January 2008 as a platform to involve UMES students, faculty and the broader community in the creation, planning and development of a project designed to raise awareness of global issues involving children and to generate funds to assist "at-risk" children.

Website:
http://www.hawkchildrensfund.org

Contact:
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
2108 Henson Center
Princess Anne MD 21853
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Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council
Through a variety of partnerships with individual citizens, representatives of various organizations, and public agencies, the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Committee works to blend economic development at the local level with the conservation of the area's natural, cultural and historic resouces in a regional heritage area approach that will better serve all counties and municipalities on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore.

Website:
http://www.lowershoreheritage.org

Contact:
The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council
212 W Main Street, Suite 309
Salisbury, MD 21801
410 677-4706 office or 410 677-4707 fax
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Maryland Capital Enterprises
MCE's Mission Statement is "To create, develop and promote a new strata of microbusinesses by providing loans, education and technical assistance to entrepreneurs primarily in economically distressed communities."

Website:
http://www.marylandcapital.org

Contact:
Maryland Capital Enterprises
P.O. Box 1844
Salisbury, MD 21802
1-866-MARYCAP -or- 410/546-1900
Maryland Hawk Corporation
The Maryland Hawk Corporation (MHC) is a University-Affiliated Foundation 501 (c) (3) non profit organization focused on the commercialization and entrepreneurial development of intellectual property developed at the University a Historically Black University and the 1890 Land-Grant institution for the State of Maryland.

Website:
http://www.mdhawk.org

Contact:
Maryland Hawk Corporation
Daniel S. Kuennen
Room 2147 Richard A. Henson Center
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, MD 21853
410-651-6183
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Maryland Small Business Development Center
The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is dedicated to helping you establish and expand your business. We accomplish this by providing a variety of management and technical assistance programs designed to help you, the aspiring and existing small business owner.

Website:
http://www.salisbury.edu/sbdc/

Contact:
Eastern Region Headquarters
Maryland Small Business Development Center
Perdue School of Business - Salisbury University
215 East Campus Complex
corner of Power & Wayne Streets
Salisbury, MD 21801-6860
410-548-4419 -or- 800-999-7232
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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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Rural Development Center
The Rural Development Center of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is part of Maryland Cooperative Extension. Its work is made possible, to a large extent, through grants from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Website:
http://skipjack.net/le_shore/rural/

Contact:
Daniel S. Kuennen
Director, Rural Development Center, and
Special Assistant to the President for University Outreach & Community Engagement
Room 2147 Richard A. Henson Center
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Phone: 410.651.6183
Fax: 410.651.6512
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Shore Transit
Coordinating public transportation for Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties of Maryland.

Website:
http://www.shoretransit.org

Contact:
443-260-2300
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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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Your Community Link
Your Community Link is a website that provides information on organizations and agencies serving Somerset, Wicomico, and
Worcester Counties in Maryland.

Website:
http://www.yourcommunitylink.org

Contact:
Your Community Link
Wicomico Public Library
122 S. Division St.
Salisbury MD 21801
410-749-3612, ext 147
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