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The Maryland Entrepreneur's Guide

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A concise guide to federal and Maryland financing and support programs for emerging companies brought to you by the Guide's Original Contributors.

A downloadable PDF version is available here: A Maryland Entrepreneur's GuidePDF.

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Chapter 1 -Private Financing Several types of early-stage private equity are available for business entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs should be aware of funding sources other than bank loans and their own personal funds.
Chapter 2 -Maryland Financing Programs The State of Maryland has many state sponsored financing programs of which entrepreneurs should be aware.
Chapter 3 –Federal Financing Important small business financing programs are provided by the U.S. federal government.
Chapter 4 –Incubators University and non-university incubators, and incubation associations, can be important for small businesses.
Chapter 5 –Business Enterprise Programs State & county business enterprise programs should be considered.
Chapter 6 –Opportunities for Business Growth Business associations, councils, chambers of commerce and other business support groups may provide assistance.
Chapter 7 –Tax Credit and Incentive Programs Special zoning and tax credit programs can be an important incentive.
Chapter 8 –Intellectual Property Protection A description of the various types of protections available for intellectual property.
Chapter 9 –Choice of Entity Choosing the right entity for your business is the first step in creating a successful company.
Additional Resources Other comprehensive resources may be worthy of additional consideration.
Contributors Participants helping to develop this Guide.