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Entrepreneurship Organizations

MicroEnteprise Council of Maryland
MCM is a statewide non-profit, acting as a financial intermediary and technical assistance provider to the microenterprise industry. MCM works with State and Federal partners to bring capacity building strategies and investment dollars into the State and serves microenterprise development organizations-community organizations and agencies providing direct services to entrepreneurs wanting to start or expand businesses.

Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, Inc. (WEB)
The WEB is a non-profit organization that provides entrepreneurial training, technical assistance, and follow-up services for micro-business start-up and development.  WEB empowers predominately lower income women and the unemployed to achieve financial stability through entrepreneurship.  Through WEB's intensive business training and support programs, graduates have increased their average household incomes by $22,000, created more than 1,800 new businesses, and helped revitalize local communities.

Baltimore Angels
If you are a tech entrepreneur or community-minded investor, please be in touch with Baltimore Angels.  Baltimore Angels investors are current and cashed-out entrepreneurs who have “done it” and can help other entrepreneurs advance to the next stage.  Looking for entrepreneurs with a strong vision and who are just beyond a friends-and-family round, they meet bimonthly in Baltimore and welcome interested investors and entrepreneurs in the Baltimore/Washington area.

Frederick Entrepreneur Support Network
Offers free business support from a number of professional and dedicated agencies and organizations.  On their site, a service grid describes the support provided by each network member, helpful downloadable resource guides, and links to valuable resources outside the organization.

Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center
A collaborative effort operating under the umbrella of the Mid-Shore Regional Council (MSRC) to encourage and stimulate small and mid-size business growth in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties. Guided by venture capitalist consultants and top level business leaders from the community, the MSRC has established a revolving loan fund called the Mid-Shore Business Development Fund (MBDF) that provides equity financing to business start-up and expansion initiatives.

The Business Navigation Forum (BNF)
The BNF serves entrepreneurs from Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester and Dorchester counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  The forum meets the first Monday of every month.  Business owners and business service providers assemble to discuss the ins and outs of being in business.  Guest speaker presentations are followed by lively open discussions which are helpful and inspiring.

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