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Offshore Wind Grants Now Available

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has opened two grant programs to encourage Maryland offshore wind energy businesses. The program supports Maryland’s emerging businesses, including minority owned emerging businesses looking to participate in the global offshore wind industry. MEA seeks to jumpstart Maryland’s offshore wind supply chain by providing grant funding to help offset upfront barrier costs in two key areas: market entry assistance and capital expenditures & facilities upgrades. The Offshore Wind Business Development Grant Program utilizes an online application.  Application Deadline: August 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

Maryland Department of Commerce 2018 Legislative Report

During the 2018 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, lawmakers once again considered a record number of bills, including a robust legislative package introduced by the Administration that covered a wide variety of important issues. Much of the session focused on responding to federal tax reform legislation that was signed into law at the end of 2017 as well as issues relating to school funding and safety. The Maryland Department of Commerce 2018 Legislative Report includes a round-up of economic, employment and business legislation from Maryland’s 2018 Legislative Session. 

Promote Your Event with Maryland’s Office of Tourism Development 

Each Monday, Maryland’s Office of Tourism Development (OTD) launches a new “Maryland Monday Ticket Giveaway” program across all of its social media channels, consumer newsletters, and weekly “Maryland Minute” radio spots. Combined, these channels reach thousands of potential customers each week. To find out how to provide tickets to your attraction for an upcoming "Maryland Monday", email OTD’s Leslie Troy,

Runway to Success Travel Awards Program Open for Applications

Traveling out of state on a sales trip? Flying to a training conference? Apply for Southwest Airlines travel awards! Runway to Success Powered By Southwest Airlines helps Anne Arundel County small businesses that want to take advantage of business development opportunities outside of Maryland.  Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation has ten pairs of one-way passes to give out to ten businesses by the end of the year.

Get Your Business in the News

We are asking Annapolis organizations and businesses to help keep the Annapolis Economic Community IN THE NEWS! Following are two opportunities for you to gain some publicity (and of course the City benefits from the visibility too). You can self-nominate in both cases. 
The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland is accepting nominations for the Spark Award. This award recognizes early-stage businesses operating in Greater Maryland with trust and ethics embedded in their everyday business operations and overall strategic direction. Nominations are due August 15.
The Baltimore Sun showcases the region's Top Workplaces each December. Anyone can suggest a small, medium or large company — employees, customers, executives. It doesn't matter whether the workplace is profit or nonprofit, privately owned or publicly held. Companies must employ at least 35 people to qualify. Employees of nominated firms that choose to participate will be asked to respond to a short survey this summer by third-party partner, Energage. The surveys will be used to rank the top companies. Winners will be announced at an event and featured in a special magazine in early December. Nominations are due July 13. Does your company have what it takes to make the list or even top it this year? 



Congratulations to our city's newest businesses:

Belamy Genn Group
Skipjack Wind Farm  

Congratulations to businesses celebrating their two year anniversary:

AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care
Annapolis Acupuncture & Integrative Healing
A. Maizel Electric, LLC
Mission BBQ Downtown Annapolis
Rice Workshop
Rogue Pierogies 
Sleek Nails & Spa
TLC Chiropractic

Other businesses milestones:

Blanca Flor Silver Jewelry Boutique is celebrating its 25th anniversary
Makeup by Judee Jo is celebrating its one year anniversary
Fawcett Boat Supplies, the Mid-Atlantic’s largest independent chandlery, is celebrating its 70th anniversary

Upcoming Events


SCORE Workshop: How to Start and Manage Your New Business
July 13, 9:30 am
M&T Bank Annapolis, 170 Jennifer Road, Suite 300,Annapolis,
Cost: $50
SCORE Workshop: Salesmanship for Small Business Owners 
July 17, 9:30 am
Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
2660 Riva Rd, Conference Room 2nd floor, Annapolis
Cost: $30
Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs: Marketing You and Your Business
July 24, 10:00 am
100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD
Cost: Free
Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce: LinkedIn Part 1
July 24, 11:30 am
Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
34 Holiday Ct, Suite 314, Annapolis
Cost: Members - free Non-members $25

Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs: Navigating eMaryland Marketplace
July 24, 2:00 pm
100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD
Cost: Free
Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce: LinkedIn Part 2
July 30, 11:30 am
Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
34 Holiday Ct, Suite 314, Annapolis
Cost: Members - free Non-members $25



Advertise on Annapolis Transit

Advertising with the Annapolis Transit is one of the best investments companies can make with their advertising dollars. The Annapolis Transit actively encourages businesses or organizations to place print ads on buses, and in bus shelters. When businesses use the Annapolis Transit to place ads, they open the door to a highly visible medium for reaching large audiences of all ages, backgrounds and incomes.

Public transportation is uniquely equipped to allow advertisers to speak directly to transit riders with internal static ads and external traveling billboards. Transit ads also allow you to communicate with families and professionals in their vehicles, people walking or shopping and tourists finding their way around the
Annapolis area. As you take a minute to imagine the endless advertising possibilities, the Annapolis Transit invites you to take advantage of this affordable way to advertise. Find more information through the Annapolis Department of Transportation.

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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