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Date: Dec 7, 2017

Daniel Braswell was looking for something new after working as a respiratory care professional for 20 years. A visit to the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) sent him on a path he had never considered. 

A business counselor recommended a free Starting Your Small Business workshop. It got Braswell thinking, for the first time, about self-employment. Braswell said the workshop inspired him and broadened his horizons. “The workshop was full of ideas for potential opportunities.”

Over the next year, Braswell performed market and industry research and attended training sessions for small businesses and start-ups. After learning more, he identified the business opportunity he felt was right for him: environmental testing for water and lead. 

He developed a business plan and launched Braswell Testing, LLC in June 2017. Braswell is currently working with a business counselor at the Baltimore County Small Resource Center to obtain minority business certifications that will expand his company’s opportunities in government contracting.

Whether you are looking into starting your own business or growing your existing small business, Baltimore County has programs to help, from writing a business plan to financing an expansion to hiring workers. 

Help starting your own business

If you’ve thought about running your own business but are not sure where to start, the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) can help. The SBRC offers free assistance including:

  • Starting a Business Plan
  • Obtaining a Business License
  • Workshops and Counseling
  • Finding Workspace
  • Securing Financing

The Starting Your Small Business Workshop is offered once a month at all Baltimore County American Job Center locations. Visit the Job Center nearest you or contact the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center at 410-825-6200 or to access other resources.

How about my existing small business?

Small companies looking to grow locally, nationally and internationally can find assistance from Baltimore County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development. We can help you find a new business location, hire and provide workforce solutions and research funding options to support your expansion. We offer a menu of services that can help you grow your business:

  • Location and Site Selection Assistance
  • Loans and Financing
  • Workforce Training and Hiring
  • Certifications for Government Contracting
  • Tax Incentives
  • International Business Outreach
  • Networking with Business Development Groups

Start up or scale up, Baltimore County can help your business grow.

The Department of Economic and Workforce Development works to strengthen Baltimore County as a thriving location for businesses and a place where well-educated and trained residents enjoy economic opportunity.

Revised September 11, 2017