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Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center
From tearooms to sign companies, computer services to hair salons, the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) has provided guidance to more than 6,000 clients and helped 700 businesses get started since its founding 30 years ago.
The SBRC, a joint effort between the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, helps people establish, grow and improve their business in Baltimore County. The SBRC’s counselors work one-on-one with clients to help them develop business and marketing plans and find financing, real estate and other resources. Counselors also hold drop-in sessions at public libraries throughout the County.
“The SBRC counselors are a wealth of information, providing assistance and advice to current and would-be entrepreneurs at every stage of the business planning process,” said Keith Scott, President and CEO of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and SBRC.
At its annual open house, the SBRC gave an award to Nikki Lewis of Mallow Crunchies, who has worked with both counselors since her business first started at local farmers markets. Today, Lewis sells her treats at The Mallow Bar, a café in Rosedale, focused exclusively on the production and sale of the artisan crispy treats.
From June 17-21, the United States is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Small Business Week. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. Small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center is located at 102 West Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson. For more information, or to set up an appointment with a SBRC counselor, call 410-825-6200.