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Maryland #1 in the U.S. for Minority and Women Business Ownership

Paychex collected data to understand the impact minority- and female-owned businesses are having in the U.S. – from cities and states where minority and female entrepreneurs are having the strongest impact, to regions that could use more of their presence. Maryland is ranked #1 for minority business ownership, with Annapolis ranked #10 among the top cities nationwide for minority-owned businesses and #3 in Maryland for women-owned businesses. Read the study here.  

Annapolis Company Wins U.S. Small Business Administration Award

Maryland district winners of the 2018 National Small Business Week Awards Program were announced by Stephen D. Umberger, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Baltimore District Office. The winners of the Family Owned Small Business Award are Whitney and Scott Kerridge from Admiral Cleaners in Annapolis. District winners will be honored at the 34th Annual Maryland Small Business Week Awards Luncheon June 7 at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, Md.

Maryland Cybersecurity Tax Credits Available

Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit (CIITC) provides a refundable income tax credit to Qualified Maryland Cybersecurity Companies (QMCCs) that secure investment from investors. The purpose of this new program is to incentivize and attract cybersecurity companies to launch in, or move to Maryland; and to attract investment to cybersecurity companies in order to help them grow, create jobs and retain intellectual property in Maryland.

Busk at Dusk

On Friday, June 8 (rain date June 15), from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Annapolis will host a coordinated street music performance with 10 bands playing at 10 different locations on the downtown sidewalks. Bands will primarily feature local Annapolis artists. The bands will collect tips for the Warrior Music Foundation. Local merchants may want to consider later hours that evening in order to benefit from the downtown activity.

4th Public Meeting for Forest Drive & Eastport Sector Study

The 4th public meeting for the Forest Drive and Eastport Sector Study will be held in the City Council Chambers of City Hall on Wednesday, June 20th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. The focus will be on the 2nd draft plan that the planning team has been working diligently on to revise and incorporate the input received from the last meeting. The 2nd draft plan will be posted on the Sector Study webpage a couple weeks before the public meeting, in early June, to allow you to prepare. In the mean time, feel free to acquaint yourself with the 1st draft and answer these accompanying questions if you have not already done so.

Procurement Opportunities with City of Annapolis 

The Central Purchasing Office of the City of Annapolis is accepting sealed bids for engineering design services for tennis court reconstruction and site improvements until 2:00 p.m., local time, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Find additional information here.
The Central Purchasing Office of the City of Annapolis is accepting sealed proposals for a community notification system until 2:00 p.m., local time, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. 
Find additional information here.  

The Central Purchasing Office of the City of Annapolis is accepting sealed bids for water treatment chemicals until 2:00 P. M., local time, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The annual contracts include supply and delivery of the following products: hydrated lime, aluminum sulfate, hydrofluosilicic acid and sodium hypochlorite. Find additional information here.

The Central Purchasing Office of the City of Annapolis is accepting sealed bids for roadway supplies until 2:00 p.m., local time, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The annual contracts shall include the following products: Mortar Sand, Bank Run, CR6 Stone, screened top soil, washed gravel, SN Grade Hot Mix Asphalt, Concrete and Sand/Gravel Mix. Find additional information here



Congratulations to our city's newest businesses:

Bright Side Boutique
Hilton Garden Inn

Congratulations to businesses celebrating their 2 year anniversary:

ABC Supply Co., Inc.
accesso ShoWare
Campion Hruby Landscape Architects
Edwards Neils, LLC
General Home Improvement
Local By Design
Mission Escape Rooms
Scott Brothers Wine & Spirits
Severn Auto Body
Signature Teamwear & Promotions  
The Surrogacy Group

Other businesses milestones:

Schooner Woodwind is celebrating its 25th anniversary
Annebeth’s is celebrating its 20th anniversary
ITnova is celebrating its seventh anniversary 
Annapolis Landscape Architects has just received its 8(a) certification and is also celebrating its seventh anniversary
TrustedKnight has been named to Cybersecurity 500 as one of the world’s hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies to watch in 2018

Upcoming Events


SCORE Workshop: Government Contracting Basics
June 6, 1:00 pm
Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
2660 Riva Rd, Suite 200, Annapolis, MD
Cost: $30

34th Annual MD Small Business Week Awards Luncheon
June 7, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD
Cost: $65
Reduce the Cost of Accepting Credit Cards- City-sponsored event!
June 14, 8:00 am & 2:00 pm (offered at two different times)
3rd Floor Conference Room, 145 Gorman Street, Annapolis, MD
Cost: Free (limited to 18 participants)  
Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs: Ready, Set, GROW! Access to Capital
June 21, 9:30 am
100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD
Cost: Free 

Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs: Small Business Bookkeeping
June 26, 10:00 am
100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD
Cost: Free 
Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs: Procurement 101
June 26, 2:00 pm
100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD
Cost: Free 
Hispanic Business Roundtable (en español)
June 27, 6:00-8:30 pm
Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis, MD
Cost: Free 



Revitalization Façade Loans 

The Arundel Community Reinvestment (ACR) Fund is designed to spur economic activity, investment and improvement in Anne Arundel County’s eight Commercial Revitalization Districts. Businesses located in the city’s revitalization district (from City Dock, Historic Downtown, and West Street all the way to Rte 2) can now apply for NO-interest Revitalization Façade Loans up to $100,000 (an increase from $50,000), some of which is allowed for interior work.
Contact: Keasha Haythe, 410-222-7410,

Publications and Resources


Quick Links

Annapolis Economic Development Division - 410-260-2200
Hollis Minor, Economic Development Manager, - ext 7770 
Hope Stewart, SMBE Liaison, - ext 7787
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