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Maryland Business Express

Maryland Business Express
The State’s website, Maryland Business Express, combines information previously spread across many state agencies into one, easy-to-navigate site, while also providing a clear outline of the steps involved in starting a business. The site’s layout is based on the questions most commonly asked by existing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, and contains four main sections: Plan, Start, Manage, and Grow. The Plan and Start sections list orderly steps that guide entrepreneurs through the process of developing a business plan, registering a business, and applying for tax accounts and licenses. The Manage and Grow sections help business owners remain in good standing, make legal changes to their business, and find additional programs that best fit their needs.

Maryland Workforce Expressway
The Maryland Workforce Expressway is a new website that connects businesses to the full array of state workforce development resources. The Expressway connects those business owners and their employees with the education, training, and services they need to develop their workforce and thrive in Maryland.

Small Business Relief Tax Credit
Maryland small businesses that provide their employees with paid sick and safe leave may be entitled to a refundable tax credit. The Small Business Relief Tax Credit, administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce, offers businesses that meet certain criteria a state income tax credit of up to $500 per employee and $7,000 per small business for every year in which they qualify. The tax credit was proposed and enacted by Govern Hogan to help businesses comply with the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act which was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2018. Any type of business, including nonprofits, may apply for the tax credit on January 3, 2019. Click on the link below for more information about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

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