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 April 2019




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Sign Up for Park & Shop Program

Through Park & Shop, visitors to Annapolis can enjoy up to four hours of parking free in downtown Annapolis. Businesses can get their validation tickets at reduced rates by contacting SP+, parking management firm for the City of Annapolis at or (443) 648-3087.

West Annapolis Business Affiliation Call for Vendors: Oktoberfest 2019 

West Annapolis Business Affiliation is looking for new vendors for its 29th Annual West Annapolis Oktoberfest, to be held September 29th, 2019 from 10AM to 5PM on Annapolis Street in West Annapolis. If you are a retail or service provider in the greater DC/Chesapeake region, with great cache, products and vending experience, who might want to interact with more than 4,000 shop-happy and interested customers, fill out this vendor application.

Maintain "Good Standing" Status with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation

Is your business in "Good Standing" with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation? In order to maintain Good Standing status, your business must file the required annual reports and maintain compliance with all applicable Maryland laws. A forfeited entity may not legally conduct business in the State. Visit Maryland Business Express to learn more about restoring or maintaining Good Standing status.

Study Finds Annapolis Among Best Places to Retire in Maryland

A new study from SmartAsset ranks the 10 best places to retire in Maryland, considering income and sales taxes, the number of local doctors’ offices and opportunities for recreation and social life. According to the analysis, Annapolis ranked among the top spots in Maryland.

Maryland Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level in a Decade

According to Baltimore Business Journal, Maryland gained 3,100 jobs in January and saw its unemployment rate fall to its lowest level since 2008. Maryland's unemployment rate is now below the national average, which edged up to 4 percent, according to preliminary data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Join the US Small Business Administration's Emerging Leaders Initiative

SBA's Emerging Leaders Initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.  The only cost is your time and commitment to complete the curriculum over the course of seven months. All other costs are covered by SBA and local partners.  

SBA Class: Growing an Established Company

You have started your business and now you think you are ready to grow. How do you really know if you and your company are ready for the next step? This course will help you determine if a growth opportunity is right for you.



Congratulations to our city's newest businesses:

20th Century Design
Floret & Vine, LLC
Studio Codeworks, Inc

Congratulations to businesses celebrating their two-year anniversary:

AllCare Chiropractic
Evelyn’s Annapolis 
Falcon Digital Printing & Framing

Other businesses milestones:

Art Farm recently celebrated its 5th anniversary 
Annapolis Pottery is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year 

Upcoming Events and Trainings


City-sponsored events:

African American Business Roundtable
April 16, 11:30 am-2:00 pm
Pip Moyer Recreation Center,  273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis
Cost: Free 

Partner events:

Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce: Social Media Training
April 3, 8:00-9:30 am
AAACCC Conference room, 134 Holiday Ct, Suite 314, Annapolis
Cost: Members: Free/Non-members: $25

Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce: Gender Equity Under Scrutiny in the Workplace
April 10, 8:00-10:30 am 
AACC, Cade Center, Room 219, 101 College Parkway, Arnold
Cost:  Members: $25/Non Members: $50

Score Workshop: Starting a New Business (And Should You?)
April 11, 9:30 am
M&T Bank Annapolis, 170 Jennifer Road, Suite 300, Annapolis
Cost: $40

Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs: Understanding Prevailing & Living Wage Laws
April 23, 10:00 am
100 Community Place, Crownsville

Cost: Free 

Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs: Cash Flow Management

April 23, 2:00 pm
100 Community Place, Crownsville

Cost: Free

Score Workshop: Insights and Action to an Impactful Web Site
April 27, 9:30 am 
AACC, 101 College Parkway, Florestano Bldg., Rm 116, Arnold
Cost: $40



Annapolis Arts & Entertainment District Tax Benefits

Maryland is one of the first states in the country to develop Arts and Entertainment Districts on a statewide basis. The benefits offered to designated districts include property tax credits for new construction or renovation of certain buildings that create live-work space for artists and/or space for arts and entertainment enterprises, an income tax subtraction modification for income derived from artistic work sold by "qualifying residing artists", and an exemption from the Admissions and Amusement tax levied by an "arts and entertainment enterprise" or "qualifying residing artist" in a district. Arts and Entertainment Districts will further the goals of Smart Growth by locating within a Priority Funding Area and by carefully coordinating with local plans and policies for economic development.

Contact: Erik Evans, Annapolis Arts District,

Publications and Resources


Quick Links

Annapolis Economic Development Division, 410-260-2200
Hope Stewart, SMBE Liaison, 

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