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Economic Development

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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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
Co-options
Co-options is your resource for information about cooperative business opportunities on the Delmarva Peninsula. Cooperative businesses are formed to support a group of people who do similar work and use similar products and services.

Website:
http://cooptions.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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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 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 Cooperative Extension
Maryland Cooperative Extension (MCE) is a statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Website:
http://extension.umd.edu/

Contact:
Susan Soule-Motley: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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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Regional Innovation Acceleration Network
The Regional Innovation Acceleration Network and the community of Venture Development Organizations (VDOs) are transforming regions across the United States through strategic investments in innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology - one company at a time, repeated hundreds of times over. Explore this site to learn more about VDOs, find examples of their client successes, join the discussion for improving regional economic development, and bring new thinking, new practices to your own economy.

Website:
http://www.regionalinnovation.org/

Contact:
Regional Innovation Acceleration Network
5015 Pine Creek Drive
Westerville, OH 43081
614-901-1690
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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Salisbury - Wicomico Economic Development
The mission of Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development, Inc. is to enhance the socio-economic environment of Salisbury, Wicomico County and region through the preservation and creation of productive employment opportunities.

Website:
http://www.swed.org

Contact:
Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development
One Plaza East, Suite 501
P.O. Box 4700
Salisbury, MD 21803
410-749-1251
800-521-7933
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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Worcester County Economic Development
A high quality of life is a feature that's truly cherished by Worcester County residents. Excellent health care, quality education, low crime, good wages and a low cost of living make this a wonderful area to live and work, come see for yourself!

Website:
http://chooseworcester.org

Contact:
Worcester County Economic Development
Bill Badger Jr., Director
100 Pearl Street Suite B
Snow Hill, MD 21863
Phone 410-632-3112
Fax 410-632-5631
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