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State Employment Opportunities for Veterans

A number of  opportunities exist for veterans in Maryland including point preference for state employment.  The appointing authority for skilled and professional appointments will award a credit of ten points on any selection test to: an eligible veteran; the spouse of an eligible veteran who has a service connected disability; or the surviving spouse of a deceased eligible  Read More…


Maryland Business Financing Programs

The Maryland Department of Commerce offers a number of financing programs to assist the state’s business community. Specific financing programs for small business clients include the following: Community Development Block Grant Program- dispersed to a local jurisdiction in the form of a conditional grant and then used for public improvements or loaned to a business Maryland Economic Adjustment  Read More…


Commercial Driver’s License Skills Test Waiver

Effective January 1, 2013, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will have the ability to waive the driver skills test required in order to obtain a Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for recently discharged service members who meet the following criteria: Individuals must have 2 years of experience driving vehicles as part  Read More…


GI Bill Education Benefits and Education Scholarships

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) serves as the official State Approving Agency (SAA), an approving authority for the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  A goal of MHEC is to increase the awareness of every veteran, service member and/or eligible dependent concerning the full range of both educational and training opportunities available in the State  Read More…


Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program

The Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan Program has been met with great interest over the course of the last few years. NOTICE: Due to expanded eligibility and increased interest, the program has received a growing number of applications.  As a result, the program has temporarily discontinued accepting new loan requests until existing  Read More…


Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Program

Sponsored in part by the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) serves as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).  The Maryland PTAP provides support in a number of ways, including: locating subcontracting opportunities market research to locate government agencies who buy your product or services assisting with registrations and certifications  Read More…


Maryland Small Business and Technology Development Center

The Maryland Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) provides confidential business services to help refine business plans, identify sources of capital, and develop strategies to support business growth and profitability.  The Maryland SBTDC network is divided into six regions which provide services to entrepreneurs and existing businesses across the state.  Each region offers a  Read More…


Reach Independence through Self-Employment (RISE) Program

For individuals eligible for services through the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and who are interested in starting their own business the RISE program can help explore the feasibility of self-employment as a realistic vocational option; develop a comprehensive business; receive individualized technical assistance; explore multiple funding sources; obtain market information to help select the right industry; and receive an assessment  Read More…


Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

The Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs is the State’s primary advocate for small, minority- and women-owned businesses. The Office promotes fairness and compliance in government contracting and endorses the utilization of certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Small Business Reserve (SBR) firms.  Learning to navigate the procurement process is a critical element  Read More…


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