Entrepreneur’s Resources and Links
Here are some resources that may be useful as you develop your businesses. If you have additional favorites to share, please send us the information.
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND RESOURCES
The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to facilitating, supporting, and encouraging new enterprise growth. The center provides services for entrepreneurs that include a mentorship program, networking opportunities and business plan screening program that may lead to a presentation to a group of private investors.
An incubator for technology based start ups based on the University of Maryland campus. TAP includes large and small companies in biotechnology, information technology, medical equipment, telecommunications, aerospace, electronics and environmental sciences.
MIPS is a program of the Engineering Research Center. The center’s programs help Maryland industry gain access to the expertise and research facilities needed to stay competitive in today’s technology-driven environment. MIPS is a resource for providing matching grants for research to help Maryland companies develop products or processes.
Both MIPS and TAP are associated with UMD’s Engineering Research Center. ERC programs include technical assistance, an incubator for technically oriented start-up firms, matching grants for research leading to product and process development, laboratories and facilities that serve industry needs, research consortia, seminars in technical fields of current interest to industry and other activities to promote technology transfer to industry.
The Maryland Small Business Development Center Network (MDSBDC) assists entrepreneurs to establish, manage and expand their businesses by applying the latest technology and proven methods to counseling, training, technical assistance, research, and other specialized services. Most of these services are provided at no cost to our clients. There is a local center in College Park that has counselors and a resource library. Their phone number is 301-403-8300.
The Office of Technology Commercialization is responsible for the protection, marketing and licensing of UMD intellectual property. The site includes information about patent protection and technology licensing.
The Engineering School at the University of Maryland has compiled a nice list of academic resources.
The Small Business Administration site has so much useful information. In particular, the SBA website has a library of publications with a huge number of titles.
This site provides information about starting or moving a business to the state of Maryland. The site includes a list of financing programs with different funds, loans, investment programs and venture capital.
A private, non-profit corporation that offers a variety of programs to advance the commercial development of bioscience in Maryland. The site includes business development and product development awards designed for bioscience companies.
A service corps of retired business executives. Provides free information and counseling (in person and via email). This group is focused on small businesses.
WeWork is a shared work environment with nineteen locations in six cities and over 10,000 members. Their members run the gamut – startups, small businesses, freelancers, writers, independent film markets, you name it. One thing they all share is an entrepreneurial spirit. Being a part of this powerful community helps them achieve much more together than they could individually.
Kabbage is an online financing corporation that provides small business loans. Kabbage’s fast, flexible business line of credit is always there when you need it. Draw against your line as often as once a day for anything you need to grow. Kabbage uses data from business checking accounts, accounting software, payment processors, and UPS shipping data to determine a “Kabbage Skore” and loan eligibility/size. While banks take weeks to decide if you qualify, Kabbage delivers working capital in as few as 7 minutes.
RESOURCES FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
Located in downtown DC, this training and networking organization is for women business owners at any level. It also provides basic entrepreneurship classes. 202-785-4922