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Business and Enterprise Development

Positioning Maryland as a business-friendly environment to in-state companies, and national and international businesses, the division creates, attracts, retains, and expands jobs in the state.

The division attracts new businesses to the state, cultivates important industry clusters, and builds relationships with key economic drivers such as the State’s federal facilities, universities, and military installations. The division also assists Maryland firms export their products and services to international markets and helps businesses effectively initiate or expand their overseas marketing.

Regional field staff, small business, strategic, and finance teams unite under the division to offer “one-stop” assistance to businesses and local economic development partners. Field staff work collaboratively with partners at all levels to provide financial, counseling, and technical assistance to new and expanding businesses.

Ursula Powidzki, Assistant Secretary
410.767.6436

Office of Business Development
Jayson Knott, Program Director | 410.767.6978
Works to attract new businesses to Maryland and facilitates the retention and expansion of existing Maryland businesses. The office also provides small business owners with individualized assistance in navigating through regulations and permitting processes.

Regional Office Locations:

  • Southern Maryland | 15045 Burnt Store Road | Hughesville, MD 20637 | 301.274.9138
  • Eastern Shore | P.O. Box 386 | Easton, MD 21601 | 410.718.0094
  • Western Maryland | 138 Baltimore Street, Suite 203 | Cumberland, MD 21502 | 301.722.0054

Office of International Investment and Trade
Signe Pringle, Program Director | 410.767.3542
Encourages foreign direct investment in Maryland, offers export assistance for small and mid-sized companies and coordinates trade and investment missions and trade show opportunities abroad.

Office of Finance Programs
Gregory Cole, Program Director | 410.767.6353
Identifies and provides financing and incentive-based solutions for economic development projects that maximize job creation, retention, and capital investment in Maryland. The solutions may include appropriate discretionary and tax incentive resources available through OFP or other state agencies, local governments, and federal programs.

Maryland Venture Fund
Thomas Dann, Managing Director of Equity Funds | 410.767.6379
Makes direct investments in privately-held emerging technology and life sciences companies. The critical seed and early-stage funding provided by the Fund fosters entrepreneurial development and private sector venture capital investment in Maryland’s high technology community.

Office of Military Affairs
J. Michael Hayes, Program Director | 410.767.2988
Manages economic growth brought about through the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, and assists in enhancing business opportunities through the long-term viability of Maryland military installations.

Office of Strategic Industries and Innovation
Leone Hermans-Blackburn, Director | 410.767.4278
Promotes key growth sectors of clean technology and sustainability; science and healthcare; cybersecurity and information technology; manufacturing and financial services. The office also provides staff support to several boards and commissions which advise DBED.

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