Caroline County Economic Development

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We’re here to serve as a leading resource for you, and we’re always happy to refer you to the experts as needed. Business needs vary widely, as do resources related to those needs. If you don’t find the resources you need on our website, please contact us for assistance.

Expansion & Relocation Incentives & Tax Credits

There are a variety of tax credits available to businesses that are relocating to Caroline County or growing their businesses here. Our office can work with you to ensure you are capturing all incentives that are relevant to your business.

Workforce Solutions

There are various ways of viewing and approaching workforce development, from recruiting new employees, to developing a pipeline of talent and training incumbent workers. Business leaders always have workforce development on their minds. The following is a list of workforce resources for various needs.

Maryland Workforce Exchange

MWE assists job seekers and businesses through a job matching system. Employers can search resumes of current job seekers and upload current job openings. Additional resources such as education and training, job market trends, and labor force data are also available.

American Job Center Upper Shore Network

A local team of labor and workforce professionals is here to help navigate the Maryland Workforce Exchange and all things workforce at the local branches of the American Job Center (AJC). AJC staff can assist with recruitment and retention needs, hiring veterans, working with members of our disabled community, addressing training, retention and workforce development needs, job postings and recruitment.

American Job Center Upper Shore Network

The Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board (USWIB) serves five counties: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot. Its mission is to connect employees and employers with career and training services. 

The USWIB provides a variety of services and information, including market data, scholarships, and training opportunities for new and incumbent workforce.

Chesapeake College Job Development Office & Job Listing Service

Chesapeake College’s Job Development Office offers numerous services, and regularly publishes a listing of job openings for Chesapeake College students, alumni and residents of the community. The Chesapeake College job listing is one of the most cohesive regional job listings available on Maryland’s Upper Shore.

Caroline County Youth Apprenticeship Program

Caroline County Public Schools offers Youth Apprenticeship in partnership with Maryland’s Apprenticeship Maryland Program (AMP). Youth Apprenticeship offers high school students paid working opportunities in a variety of industries and disciplines. Students enter parallel educational programs at Caroline County Public Schools including the Caroline Career & Technology Center (CCTC).

Through Youth Apprenticeship, students can grow into a career pathway, and many employers have seen success with retention and training. Some examples of positions that can be filled by a Youth Apprentice include skilled trades, human resources, engineering, horticulture, marketing, logistics, mechanics and technicians.

Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program

Registered Apprenticeship (RA) offers employers an opportunity to “grow their own” through on-the-job training paired with education by training workers in the specific skills needed by your company. Data regularly shows that Registered Apprenticeship fosters better than average retention rates and significant returns on investment. Registered Apprenticeship also helps employers plan for employee succession and transfer of knowledge through mentorship.

The Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP) offers tax credits and financial incentives.

Partnership for Workforce Quality

Partnership for Workforce Quality (PWQ) provides matching training grants and support services targeted to improve the competitive position of small and mid-sized manufacturing and technology companies. Grants can be leveraged to increase the skills of existing workers for new technologies and production processes, improve employee productivity and increase employment stability. Matching grant funds are used to reimburse up to 50% of the costs of qualified projects. Applicants must have a minimum of 10 full-time employees.

Job Creation Tax Credit

Administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce, through the Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC), businesses that create a minimum number of new full-time positions may be entitled to state income tax credits of up to $3,000 per job or $5,000 per job in a “revitalization area.”

Financing & Lending

Capital is key to growth. We work with businesses to help them access financing through traditional and non-traditional services and loans. There are regional and state lenders that can provide insight into getting the capital you need.

Banks located in Caroline County include:

You may also contact regional non-traditional lenders directly:

Small & Emerging Business Training & Resources

There are several local and virtual training resources for small business owners. Most services offered by our partners are available for free or at a very low cost. 

Please visit our Business Planning & Startup page for detailed information & resources for small and emerging businesses. Topics covered include:

International Resources

ExportMD Grant

The Maryland Department of Commerce’s ExportMD program offers reimbursement of 50% of expenses incurred by Maryland companies for international marketing initiatives. The maximum reimbursement is $5,000. This grant may be used to reimburse expenses such as international travel, trade shows, translation services, etc.

International Market Research

The Maryland Department of Commerce has eleven international offices located in countries throughout the world. Maryland companies may submit a request for up to 20 hours of free market research per year. Companies may also apply for up to 40 additional hours of free assistance through the ExportMD program. Scopes of work for market research projects would be determined with Commerce, but examples of the types of research that may be requested include: