Congratulations to SOFO, Business Hall of Fame Winner
SOFO-Forest Drive Corridor will be honored at this year's Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce's Business Hall of Fame Awards Dinner as Nonprofit of the Year. This award is presented to an Anne Arundel County organization that has demonstrated strong efforts to successfully pursue its mission and improve the quality of life and business in Anne Arundel County. SOFO continually works toward giving businesses along Forest Drive a unified voice to collaborate in the efforts of advocacy, branding, networking and building the strongest commercial climate to encourage economic success for this unique section of the Annapolis business community. Congratulations!
Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Block Party in the Design District
As part of the ancient Mexican tradition of honoring the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, the City of Annapolis and Center of Help will host the first annual Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Friday, November 2, from 5 p.m. to midnight in the Annapolis Design District, along Edgewood and Margaret Avenues.
Small Business Saturday Needs Neighborhood Champions
Small Business Saturday on November 24 brings people together to celebrate the places they love each year — from local bike shops to boutiques to bakeries. Organize and host an event to help your community celebrate on November 24.
Become an Annapolis Business Supporter for the USS Sioux City Commissioning
Sign your business up today to show your support for the USS Sioux City, which will bring thousands to Annapolis over the course of the week of November 11-17. All crewmembers, families and visitors from Sioux City, Iowa will be given silicone wristbands that will identify them while in Annapolis and make them eligible for discounts at participating businesses in Annapolis. The Business Support Supporter opportunity is not only for downtown businesses, but all businesses in Annapolis!
Maryland’s FY2019 Procurement Forecast Available Online
This powerful business development database contains more than 1,300 possible opportunities across 70 state agencies/departments. It is searchable for both new and recurring purchases of $100,000 and more, although many agencies also include projected contracts between $15,000 and $99,000. Multiple search options to help you locate both new and recurring items, including task orders issued under master contracts.
Support Available for Small Businesses Providing Paid Sick Leave
Small businesses in Maryland that provide paid sick and safe leave to their employees are now be able to apply for a refundable tax credit administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. The Small Business Relief Tax Credit offers businesses that meet certain criteria a state income tax credit of up to $500 per employee and $7,000 per small business for every year in which they qualify.
Maryland Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit Now Accepting Applications
Designed to attract investment in Maryland cybersecurity companies—venture capitalists, angel investors, and others investing at least $25,000 in a Qualified Maryland Cybersecurity Company (QMCC) may be eligible for a refundable tax credit for 33% of the investment.
New Website Connects Businesses to Workforce Development Tools
Governor Larry Hogan recently unveiled the Maryland Workforce Expressway, a new website that connects businesses to the full array of state workforce development resources, including education, training, and other services: https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/grow/workforce
14 Ways to Celebrate a Magical Holiday Season in Annapolis & Anne Arundel County
Magical! That’s the word that best describes Annapolis and Anne Arundel County during the holidays. A host of events for the young and young at heart makes it easy for everyone to get into the spirit of the season. To help you celebrate, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County has pulled together a handy list of 14 holiday happenings the whole family can enjoy.
Annapolis Named One of the Best State Capitals to Live In
SmartAsset published its 2018 edition of the ranking of the quality of life in state capital cities. Cities were compared across metrics like discretionary income, unemployment rate, dining and entertainment establishment rate, violent crime rate and property crime rate. Annapolis is ranked #12.