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March 2018




Annapolis Interactive Zoning Map

Have you ever wondered how a particular address is zoned within the City of Annapolis?  Interested in starting a business but not sure if the zoning is appropriate for your purpose? We now have an interactive zoning map online to help answer some of those questions.

Maritime Heritage Festival Returns to Annapolis

The Maritime Heritage Festival is planning to return to City Dock. The focus of the festival is maritime heritage and the working and classic boats of the Bay and is intended to promote Heritage Tourism and help support education in the marine fields. If you have any ideas for sponsors, or want to get involved, contact Bobby Carew, 410-267-0455,

Grow Your Small Business in 2018 with the help of the SBA

Emerging Leaders is a FREE executive-level training program that provides tools and resources to help sustain and grow those small companies that have the potential for quick growth and job creation. This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. It also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, local leaders, and the financial community. Interested entrepreneurs can apply by March 2, 2018.

Use Market Data to Start or Grow Your Business

The U.S. Census Bureau has a FREE tool to help you start or grow your small business. The Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition produces fully interactive, customizable, and downloadable reports to provide easy access to information about potential customers and similar businesses.

Maryland Now Testing Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Technology

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) issued the first permits to a Howard County company, STEER Tech, to allow testing at parking lots owned by MDOT. To date, eight entities have expressed interest in collaborating with MDOT on CAV technology.

Workforce Development Hospitality Training Grant

AAWDC has training money they hope to spend by March 2 through their hospitality grant. They want to focus on restaurants in the area. If you know of a restaurant that you think may need training money for things like: TIPS, Safe Serve, or something else, please let them know they may be eligible for 100% coverage. Email Scott Wallace at: with any questions or referrals.

AAEDC’s Annual Business Appreciation Week is Coming Soon

Business Appreciation Week is 4/23-4/27. Ambassador groups will take part in more than 35 visits to businesses large and small around the county – including the City Annapolis. The visits provide an opportunity for ambassadors to listen to concerns and suggestions from the business community. City Business owners interested in hosting an ambassador group visit should contact Hollis Minor,, 410-263-7961 x7770, or Keasha Haythe,, 410-222-7410.

Annapolis Made National Geographic’s Best Cities in the United States

National Geographic identified the top U.S. small cities based on unconventional metrics that they think lead to happiness: green spaces, galleries, coffee shops, breweries, music venues, Instagram moments, and more. Annapolis made the top of the list at #5.   

Washingtonian Magazine Recognizes Annapolis as a Culinary Destination

Washingtonian Magazine has included two Annapolis restaurants on its 100 Very Best Restaurants list with Flamant featured at #79 and Preserve featured at #86. Congratulations to our local restaurants on this recognition!  



Upcoming Events and Trainings


SCORE Workshop: How to Create a Simple Marketing Plan That Gets Results
March 3, 9:30am
Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce, 134 Holiday Court, Suite 316, Annapolis, MD
Cost: $20
Small Business Administration: Export Financing for Small Businesses
March 6, 10:00am
SBA Baltimore District Office, 100 South Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 
Cost: Free
SCORE Workshop: Basic Business Law Basics
March 14, 2018, 1:00pm
Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce, 134 Holiday Court, Suite 316, Annapolis, MD
Cost: $30
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Business Expo
March 16, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 
Cost: Free
SCORE Workshop: The Top 10 Ways to Use Video to Market Your Business And Why Every Business Should!
March 17, 2018, 9:30am 
Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce, 134 Holiday Court, Suite 316, Annapolis, MD
Cost: $20
Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs: MBE Rights and Responsibilities
March 27, 2:00pm
100 Community Place, Crownsville MD
Cost: Free 



Expand to International Markets with the ExportMD Program

The ExportMD Program helps to offset some of the costs of marketing internationally for Maryland's small and mid-sized companies.  Maryland companies that receive an ExportMD Award are eligible for up to $5,000 in reimbursement for expenses associated with an international marketing project. Eligible expenses are any expenses related to an international marketing initiative including trade show fees, airfare, translation of brochures and web site development.  Commerce accepts ExportMD grant applications from qualifying companies on a bi-monthly basis. The next application deadline is April 1.
Contact: Maryland Office of International Investment and Trade, Maryland Department of Commerce, 410-767-0685

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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