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January 2018




2018 USS Sioux City Commissioning

In late spring or early summer, over 6,000 people will visit the City of Annapolis for the commissioning of America's 11th Littoral Combat Ship: the USS Sioux City. The commissioning, to be held at the United States Naval Academy, will be the culminating event during a week of festivities honoring the USS Sioux City and her crew.  Businesses are encouraged to reach out to the presenters to help get the word out and to become involved in with collaborative ways to promote the city's unique experience. 

For more information contact: 
Frank Thorp,, 202-286-8191 
Phillip Niedermair,, 410-347-8760

Forest Drive/Eastport Sector Study

Thank you to everyone who showed up to the Forest Drive/Eastport Sector Study public meeting on December 12. We appreciated hearing your ideas as to what it means to have a more vibrant economy in this sector. Make sure to follow the progress of the study here.  

Launch! Annapolis FounderTrac program wins TEDCO Grant 

Launch! Annapolis won a $125,000 grant from TEDCO to continue its FounderTrac program.  Accepted applicants are taken through a 12-week educational curriculum led by business leaders that provide the education and tools needed to grow your company. 

2018 National Small Business Week Awards 

Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the 2018 National Small Business Week Awards. All nominations must be mailed or hand delivered to the nearest SBA Office no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on January 9, 2018. Details can be found here. 

Annapolis just made the list of 2017's Best Small Cities in America

WalletHub Analysts compared more than 1,200 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 based on 33 key indicators of livability. See all the data here

Annapolis Parking has moved 

Annapolis Parking is now located at 60 West Street, Suite 106 and welcomes residents, businesses, and visitors to stop in and learn more about Annapolis parking options.



Congratulations to our city's newest businesses:

LHC Service Corp
Pax River Counseling LLC
Self Storage Zone
The Commons of Annapolis

Congratulations to businesses celebrating their two-year anniversary:

Academy Shell
Hippie Element

Upcoming Events


MDOT Minority Business Workshop (en español)
January 10, 9:00-11:00 am
MDOT Headquarters, 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD
SCORE Workshop: How to Start and Manage Your New Business
January 16, 9:30am
M&T Bank Annapolis, 170 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, MD
Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce’s 9th Annual Legislative Breakfast
January 18, 7:30-9:30am
The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, MD 
Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs: Procurement 101
January 23, 2:00–4:00pm
Governor's Coordinating Offices, 100 Community Place, 1st Floor Training Room B, Crownsville, MD 



AAEDC's Arundel Defense Tech Toolbox

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County's robust technology ecosystem includes more than 700 cyber technology companies and about 10,530 private sector tech/cyber jobs. Take the first step to joining this innovation community by learning more about the Arundel Defense Tech Toolbox and how its menu of financing, incentives and resources can benefit your tech business.

Program Contact: Sarah Purdum, 410-222-7410, 

Publications and Resources


Quick Links

Annapolis Economic Development Division, 410-260-2200
Hollis Minor, Economic Development Manager, 
Hope Stewart, SMBE Liaison, 

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