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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 Minority Affairs

The Governor’s Office of Minority 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 of success for any  Read More…


The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects service members’ reemployment rights when returning from a period of service in the uniformed services, including those called up from the reserves or National Guard, and prohibits employer discrimination based on military service or obligation. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training  Read More…


National Guard Transition Assistance Advisor

The Maryland National Guard (MDNG) Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA) provides a number of supports to the National Guard and Reserve Components in Maryland.  Post deployment, MDNG and Reservists can receive help coordinating with the U.S. VA, Veteran Service Organizations, Department of Labor, Employment Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and other resources that may help with  Read More…


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