The staff at Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism is here to connect you with business resources that are tailored to your specific industry or enterprise. Whether you’re a start-up, specialized industry, or a mature company looking to relocate, we’re here to put your business on Talbot County’s map.

For Start-Ups

You know your idea is influential and your business plan is brilliant, but you need help taking your concept to execution. Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism is well-versed in working with entrepreneurs to turn your dreams into dollars. Talbot County has the resources to help you launch your start-up.

hotDesks

hotDesks is the Eastern Shore’s connection to the Maryland startup and entrepreneur ecosystem. hotDesks offers a network of coworking spaces, entrepreneur and innovation training, and access to capital for high-growth, scalable startup and growth businesses.

Find your space to grow. Learn more about hotDesks.

SCORE

Sometimes you just want to pick someone’s brain about the trials and triumphs of starting a business. Talbot County has the perfect space for you do that: SCORE. This nonprofit operates a chapter in Easton comprised of retired business executives that have extensive industry and business know-how. SCORE is dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses thrive. As a volunteer-based network, SCORE offers confidential business counseling services free of charge.

Get the guidance you need. Learn more about SCORE.

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Maryland, and the University of Maryland College Park. SBDC strengthens  small businesses throughout the State by linking startups and small businesses to high quality training, confidential business consulting, and market and industry research. With an office at Chesapeake College, the SBDC can help you access result-driven business knowledge.

Find your business connections. Learn more about SBDC.

Agriculture

With more than 100,000 acres of farmland and 600 miles of shoreline, Talbot County is an agricultural oasis. If you’re interested in exploring the agriculture industry, Talbot County has resources in place to set you up for success.

Maryland Agriculture & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO)

The primary mission of MARBIDCO is to assist Maryland’s farm, forestry, and seafood businesses to achieve profitability and sustainability by providing targeted services that help retain existing Ag/RBI production and commerce, promote rural entrepreneurship, and nurture emerging industries.

Grow your ag business. Learn more about MARBIDCO.

University of Maryland Extension

As a local service to Talbot County residents, the University of Maryland Extension offers educational programs that relate to agriculture, the Chesapeake Bay, the environment, and all things nature. This educational resource brings research-based knowledge to business owners in this industry.

Get more information about these programs.

F3 Tech Accelerator Program

Innovation is critical to any industry, and F3 Tech (Farm-Fish-Food) knows it. This statewide private/private initiative simulates economic growth through innovation and technology built upon the agriculture and seafood industry. With a focus on agritech, aquatech and envirotech, F3 offers innovative solutions to a growing population, improved farming methods and addresses the impact of this industry on the environment.

Get your guide to commercializing your innovations. Learn more about F3 Tech Accelerator Program.

Incentives

Talbot County and the State of Maryland offer incentives for businesses interested in expansion or relocation. As you learn more about these programs, you will see that significant benefits are attainable to just about any new or existing business venture. Contact us today to explore these opportunities. It’s our job to guide you through the incentives process, and we’re here to help.