The Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center provides free and low-cost consulting and training for new and expanding business ventures. The center provides classes, workshops and training sessions on starting a business, understanding financial statements, marketing and other employee training programs. Services are available at multiple Harford County locations, including the Harford Business Innovation Center, Harford Community College and an online virtual classroom. For more information, visit www.harford.edu/sbdc.
Harford County’s Entrepreneurs Edge is another resource for startups and entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs Edge is a partnership among Harford County Public Library, Harford County Office of Economic Development, Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Harford Community College, Harford Business Innovation Center, Northeastern Maryland Technology Council and the Small Business & Technology Development Center. Members of Entrepreneurs Edge receive information on networking events, seminars, training opportunities and funding programs to aid their business development. Visit www.harfordbusiness.org/Index.cfm?ID=414 for more information on the program and enrollment.
Another resource for small-business owners and entrepreneurs in Harford County is the Harford County Office of Economic Development. The office provides information and support to entrepreneurs and small-business owners of new, existing and startup companies. To that extent, the financial manager works with these individuals to develop and review business plans and discuss financing options, including the Economic Development Opportunity Fund. For more information, visit www.harfordbusiness.