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September 2018




September is “City Bike Month” in Annapolis

On September 17, the Mayor’s office will name September as “City Bike Month” to draw attention to all of the trails that have been connected, the new bike racks and the new bike share service – all in the effort to offer more non-auto travel options to people.  A new bike share service is now available in Annapolis. Four kiosks are downtown: Market House, Gorman Street, Whitmore Park, and Loew’s Hotel.

Navy Announces Commissioning Date for USS Sioux City 

On November 11-17, 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 Frank Thorp,, 202-286-8191 to help get the word out and to become involved in collaborative efforts to promote the City’s unique experience.

$3 Million Expansion of Maryland SmartBuy Program

Maryland SmartBuy is a nationally recognized program that assists first-time homebuyers burdened with student debt, which also reduces access to capital necessary for starting and expanding businesses. The program expansion will allow participants to purchase any eligible home in the state while eliminating up to $30,000 in student debt. Currently, SmartBuy requires buyers to purchase select homes designated by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Operation Main Street: Stopping Small Business Scams

The Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement partners across the country conducted this coordinated initiative, resulting so far in 24 civil and criminal actions against business fraudsters. Another outcome is a new booklet created to help businesses keep an eye out for scammers: Scams and Your Small Business, A Guide for Business.

AAEDC Launches Arundel Grown Certified Program

Arundel Grown Certified Program is an initiative that encourages restaurants and other food businesses to source their ingredients from local farms in Anne Arundel County. The certification promotes participating restaurants and farms in order to increase awareness that buying local agricultural products ensures fresher, healthier food and keeps dollars circulating in our local community.

AACC Entrepreneurs Scholarship Open for Applicants 

The Entrepreneurs Scholarship provides funding for tuition, fees, books and supplies for credit and pre-approved non-credit courses (including BNS 393 Entrepreneurs Ramp Up mentoring), practical experience, and resources to support entrepreneurial student success.There is a lifetime maximum of $12,000 per student for the Entrepreneurs Scholarship. Availability of funds is contingent on a variety of factors including continued financial support by the Ratcliffe Foundation. The application deadline is by noon October 31.  

Nominees Sought for 2019 MD Small Business Week Awards 

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Baltimore District Office is accepting nominations for the next Maryland “Small Business Person of the Year,” and to compete for the national title during National Small Business Week, May 5-11, 2019. Nominees are also sought for Small Business Exporter of the Year and a variety of local award categories. The submission deadline is Wednesday, January 9, 2019. View nomination criteria and submission guidelines

ExporTech Seeking Applicants for Annapolis Accelerator Program  

ExporTech is a national export assistance program helping companies enter or expand in global markets. Jointly offered by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, ExporTech applies a structured export strategy development process that assists 4-8 companies to accelerate growth. It is the only national program where each company develops a written export plan, that is vetted by a panel of experts upon completion. The result is that companies rapidly expand global sales and save countless hours of effort. ExportTech will be coming to Annapolis for sessions taking place October 3, November 7, and December 12. 

Procurement Opportunities with City of Annapolis 

The Central Purchasing Office of the City of Annapolis is accepting sealed bids for refuse, yard trimmings and recycling collection services until 2:00 p.m., October 3, 2018.  The scope of work includes, but is not limited, furnishing labor, equipment and supervision to provide curbside collection of refuse, yard trimmings and recycling.  The Agreement shall be a multi-year term up to seven years.
The Central Purchasing Office of the City of Annapolis is accepting sealed Proposals for a comprehensive plan update until 2:00 p.m., October 4, 2018. The scope of work includes, but is not limited to, land use planning and design services to produce a comprehensive plan, per the Maryland Land Use Article regulations.  This plan shall update the existing comprehensive plan and focus on how to plan a healthy community. 

The Central Purchasing Office of the City of Annapolis is accepting sealed Statements of Qualifications for Design-Build services until 2:00 p.m., September 19, 2018. The scope of services includes, but is not limited to, design and construction of a new outdoor swimming pool facility for the City of Annapolis Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Central Purchasing Office of the City of Annapolis is accepting sealed bids for sample collection and lab analysis services until 2:00 p.m., September 27, 2018.The scope of work includes, but is not limited, monitoring, collecting samples, transporting, analyzing and reporting of industrial wastewater at various locations throughout the city.




Congratulations to our city's newest businesses:

The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company 
Parker Place Pediatrics 
RASA Juice Shop

Weather Gage Technologies

Congratulations to businesses celebrating their two-year anniversary:

Annapo-Latino Multiservices, Inc.
Capital SUP
EcoXpress Wash
Sailor Oyster Bar

Upcoming Events


City-sponsored events:

Make Your Money Work Harder for You
September 13, 8:00 am & 2:00 pm (offered at two different times)
3rd Floor Conference Room, 145 Gorman Street, Annapolis
Cost: Free (limited to 18 participants)  

Small Business Speed Lending Event  
September 19, 9:45 am-12:00 pm
Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis
Cost: Free

Partner events:

Hispanic Business Workshop: Access to capital and how to improve your credit score
September 8, 9:00-11:00 am (en español)
Anne Arundel Community College, 101 Crain Hwy N, Glen Burnie
Cost: Free

Annapolis Electric Vehicle Showcase 
September 9, 11 am-4:00 pm 
Maryland Avenue, Annapolis 
Cost: Free 
SCORE Workshop: Creating Your Business Plan
September 13 and September 20, 6:30 pm (two sessions)
Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy, Florestano Building, Room 114,
Cost: $50
SCORE Event: Women in Business: Paths to Success: Networking. Insights. Resources
September 15, 8:30 am
Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy, Arnold
Cost $75

Minority Business Enterprise Workshop
September 19, 2018, 9:00-11:00 am
Chesapeake Room, 2664 Riva Road, 2nd Floor, Annapolis
Cost: Free
SCORE Workshop: How to Start and Manage Your New Business
September 21, 9:30 am
M&T Bank Annapolis, 170 Jennifer Road, Suite 300, Annapolis
Cost: $50
Hispanic Business Workshop: How to start your food business: Cash in the Kitchen
September 22, 9:00-11:00 am (en español)
Anne Arundel Community College, 101 Crain Hwy N, Glen Burnie
Cost: Free
Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs: Creating an Effective Pitch
September 25, 2:00 pm
100 Community Place, Crownsville
Cost: Free



Annapolis Sprinkler Loan Fund

Now available for businesses and property owners that would like to install sprinkler systems in their buildings, the Sprinkler Assistance Revolving Fund has been established to encourage the installation of sprinklers in older buildings throughout the city to increase the safety of residents, to minimize damage resulting from fire, and to allow greater utilization of currently vacant or underutilized space. The program will operate by making low cost loans to developers or property owners of older buildings that do not currently have sprinkler systems installed at the time of application. The city’s Sprinkler Loan Fund is now ready to offer 1% interest loans for such. The Sprinkler Cost Assistance Program (loan application) and Sprinkler Assistance Revolving Fund Loan Agreement can be found here.
For more information contact the city’s Office of Finance at 410-263-7952 or

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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