Business Development

The current COVID-19 public health crisis is having a devastating impact on local businesses and families. NOTE: The WK Chamber will avoid any possibility of community transmission, and resume our in-person networking events as soon as is feasible.

Montgomery County Enters Phase 1 of 3 for Reopening-April 28

The Montgomery County Council serving as the Board of Public Health adopted a Fifth Amended Public Health Regulation for Montgomery County.
Phases added for reopening the County based on the percentage of the County population receiving a first COVID-19 vaccination. The first two phases are based on 50% and 60% of the population getting a first vaccine dose. The third phase is based on 50% of the population being fully vaccinated. The three phases of reopening would be automatically triggered when the Health Officer reports the vaccination progress to the Board of Health. The reopening would require continued face covering usage and social distancing.
   – Montgomery County has reached Phase 1 of reopening beginning April 28; the County has met the requirement of having 50% of the population receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
   – Visit the Reopen Montgomery County COVID-19 Information Portal for a detailed list of reopening information by attraction type.

All Marylanders Can Now Pre-Register to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is now open to all Marylanders. The state had been in Phase 2B, which prioritizes Marylanders age 16 and older with underlying medical conditions or disabilities. On April 13, MD moved into Phase 2C, which prioritizes all Marylanders age 55 and older.
   – Maryland entered Phase 3 on April 27, when all Marylanders age 16 and older became eligible for vaccination.

Financial Tools & Federal Resources to Help Small Businesses during the pandemic

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended to May 31, 2021

And they are providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending. See more about PPPs.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal

The U.S. Small Business Administration program open to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.

Maryland Back to Business Website

Providing businesses of all sizes with updates and best practices as we follow the implementation of Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan.

Employer & Worker Assistance from State of MD during the pandemic

County Business Fact sheet with guidance for businesses to address the COVID-19 response

COVID-19 Testing available at many sites in County (see list)


Read the Webinar Q&A by Montgomery County Commuter Services

Information on Webinars & Teleworking: The Fastest Growing Commuting Alternative

Telework and Flextime Presentations and Videos

List of restaurants that are open in the County


SBA Small Business Data Resources Tool

The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. Small Business Data Resources is a valuable tool for researchers, policymakers, small business trade associations, and members of the media interested in small businesses’ role in the economy.

The tool is a concise summary listing of many of the most used federal government agencies, as well as non-government private sector, university, nonprofit, international, and other sources. Key topics include demographics, employment, exports, finance, firm size data, firms and establishments, health care, income and sales, pension coverage, taxes, and training.

U.S. Census Bureau Survey

Quick and easy access to statistics, and provides selected demographic and economic statistics from the American Community Survey. Search by geography, including incorporated places like cities and towns and census designated places. View detailed race, age and gender breakdowns, and compare communities.

  • CensusQuickFacts
    QuickFacts site with American Community Survey statistics – find information about a town, county or state.

Internal Revenue Service Small Business Program Office

The IRS Small Business was established to (1) assist small, HUBZone small, small disadvantaged, women-owned small, veteran-owned small, and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses, to develop, grow, and ensure their long-term success;
(2) continually foster an environment where small, HUBZone small, small disadvantaged, women-owned small, veteran-owned small, and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses can compete successfully for a fair share of IRS’s procurements on their own merits; and
(3) assist large businesses to increase subcontracting opportunities for small, HUBZone small, small disadvantaged, women-owned small, veteran-owned small, and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

Social Security Administration

3409 Annex 6401, Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235

LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell

LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell has been the world’s leading source of information for the legal and business professions for more than 140 years. Resources are available for business news, risk management information, company profiles, and more. Learn more through the free white papers and links to free resources in the LexisNexis online community.

  • LexisNexis Red Flags Rule can help businesses comply with the FACT Act Identity Theft Red Flags Rule. Reveal patterns, practices and suspicious activities that may indicate the possibility of identity theft.
  • LexisNexis Risk Solutions provides a wide-ranging collection of intelligence and analytics to professionals who need to protect and grow their organization.
  • LexisNexis Identity Fraud helps reduce compliance risk and prevent losses due to identity theft.
  • LexisNexis Company Profiles and find Corporate Affiliations.

SCORE: Service Corps of Retired Executives

SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit volunteer association of over 10,500 retired and active small business owners, executives and professionals. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, it provides free counseling to small businesses. The Washington, DC Chapter has over 50 members experienced in owning and operating both small and large businesses in almost every field. For information on the SCORE program and their workshops, call 202-272-0390.

Start-ups and small businesses can call for a FREE counseling session at the Interim Wheaton Library, 2400 Arcola Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902; call 240-777-0678 to make an appointment.

Montgomery County non-emergency government information and services

Or call 311 – Access information and create or track service requests of County government info.

Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC)

Includes business-friendly features, data resources and information to help you find the best talent, the perfect location for your new or growing company, plus the latest in market intelligence and business insights.

Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses

Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP) is designed to help small businesses in Montgomery County obtain work with the county (which looks to allocate 20% of business to small business). Small businesses can find out how to get notified of upcoming procurements, downloading, accessing, and viewing abbreviated scopes of the procurements.

Montgomery County Office of Procurement

Formal solicitations include Invitation for Bids (IFB), Requests for Proposals (RFP) and Requests for Expressions of Interest (REOI).

Montgomery County Department of General Services

The Office of Planning and Development is responsible for implementation and management of the County’s redevelopment projects. A key component of this effort is creating opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships that leverage County assets and facilitate initiatives.

Department of Permitting Services

DPS promotes the health, safety and welfare and economic well-being of residents, businesses and communities of Montgomery County with timely, professional, transparent and consistent review and processing of plans and permits and through inspections of structures, rights-of-way and development. DPS enforces national, state and local codes for fire and life safety, electrical, mechanical, energy, accessibility, building and other public safety and zoning codes.

Montgomery County’s Property Database Search

Search for commercial office space and sites in Montgomery County using the online search tool.

The Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County

The center provides free virtual mediation services that can help settle any disputes between staff members, disputes around business contracts, and any conflict between you and your customers.

Their services are completely free, confidential, neutral, and voluntary. For more information about CRCMC and how to set up a mediation, call their office at 301-652-0717.

The Montgomery County Commission for Women’s Counseling & Career Center

The center offers Programs and Services for Adults 18 years and Older; located at 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330, Rockville, MD 20850. They’ve had many years of Service and Advocacy – helping women in the County with life and work transitions. For office hours and more information, call 240-777-8333.

Wheaton Revitalization Project

Office oversees redevelopment and revitalization activities. Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has entered into a joint development partnership with Stonebridge. The Wheaton Revitalization Project has provided a government office building, below-ground parking garage, and a town square as part of the Revitalization Strategy for this area.

This mixed-use development improves mobility, increases Wheaton Metro Station use, diminishes negative environmental impacts, reduces traffic congestion and increases the diversity of employment opportunities and services in the Wheaton area.

Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity

A County Executive Initiative opened its doors in Wheaton on September 8, 2001. Its mission is to provide an opportunity for all residents of Montgomery County to gain a better understanding and deeper appreciation for the variety of cultures that make up our community. As well as to provide an open, supportive and hospitable environment that affirms the County’s multiculturalism and foster a sense of belonging among all in our community. The Center serves as a central point of contact for services and programs available throughout the County, governmental and nongovernmental – in particular for new immigrants and new residents to the County.

Since its opening, the Gilchrist Center has served clients from over 60 different countries. Some of the specific programs offered include: New Americans Welcome Center Cultural Programs; Small Business Development Information and classes; and the Cultural Ambassador Program. The Center serves over one thousand clients a month from its location at Westfield South Building, 11002 Veirs Mill Road, 5th Floor, Wheaton, MD 20902. For more information, contact 240-777-4940.

Montgomery College Workforce Development & Continuing Education

  • Education, Training and Development – Montgomery College offers the best value for your training needs, and has business training centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton, and Silver Spring. Endless possibilities that are affordable, practical, and convenient.
  • Professional and Workforce Development courses in:
    • AP Institute / The College Board
    • Management Development
    • Biotechnology
    • Maryland Safety Programs
    • Diversity Management Institute
    • Professional Licensure
    • Certification
    • Instituto Hispano de Negocios y Entrenamiento (Hispanic Business & Training Institute)
    • Sales & Marketing
    • Languages
    • Small Business Development
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