Resources for Small Businesses

There are many organizations built around helping small businesses. See our list below or send us resources you’ve found helpful so we can expand our list for other businesses like yours.
  • Small Business Impact Awards – through MasterCard and Bank of America - To enter, complete the entry form and answer this question: In the last year, how has your business made a positive impact on your customers, your employees and your community?  Four small businesses will win $10K each. Deadline is August 5, 2021.  Learn more and apply https://www.mastercard.us/impactawards/en/home.html.  

  • Diversity in Fintech Pitch Competition - sponsored by Mastercard and Next Gen HQ - Goal of program is to increase access to opportunity and capital for entrepreneurs who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, or women.  Competition offers the opportunity to pitch your business to Mastercard experts and top early-stage venture investors.  Awards include feedback, mentorship, networking and the chance for $25,000 in non-dilutive grant funding.  Applications due by July 23, 2021. To learn more, visit https://nextgenhq.com/fintech-pitch.  To apply, visit https://form.typeform.com/to/Pgi2Cdgp?typeform-medium=embed-snippet 

  • Manufacturing Hardware Accelerator - sponsored by Rev: Ithaca Startup Works - this accelerator supports hardware companies as they move their prototypes into production.  The 60-week program will launch with its second cohort in October 2021 and guide entrepreneurs through design programming, train them on manufacturing do’s and don’ts, provide one-on-one mentorship, and offer introductions to manufacturers and investors. The program is funded by the Economic Development Association and affiliated with Cornell Engineering.  Participants must have a fully functional prototype and a confirmed customer market. They do not need to be located in New York state to participate as the majority of programming will be hosted virtually. Participants don’t pay anything or give away any equity.  Applications close September 20, 2021. Visit https://www.tfaforms.com/4870402 

  • Comcast RISE – Comcast has made a multi-year commitment to provide marketing, creative, media, and technology services to small businesses owned by people of color.  Application deadline is July 31, 2021.  To learn more and apply, visit  https://www.comcastrise.com/apply/

  • Nav's Small Business Grant - Nav, a loan and credit card matching service is offering up to $10,000 to take your business to the next level. Submit an entry by August 6, 2021. Learn more https://www.nav.com/business-grant-contest/

State of Maryland Board Opportunities

Electricians 

1. Master Electrician from the Eastern Shore, 

2. Master Electrician from the DC Metro Area (Montgomery or Prince Georges) 

 

https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/elec/

 

Elevator Safety

1. One person representing a municipal corporation in the state. 

2. One person who is a building owner or manager 

3. One that represents labor involved in the installation, maintenance, and repair of elevators.

 

https://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/safety/elev.shtml

 

HVAC

1. One mastor contractor

2. Consumer seat

3. Consumer seat

 

https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/hvacr/

 

Plumbers

 

1. Plumber from the City

2. Plumber from the Eastern Shore

3. Consumer seat- unrepresented county so cannot be from Baltimore County/City, Anne Arundel, Garrett, Howard, Harford, Queen Anne's, Prince George's, or Montgomery  

 

https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/pl/

 

1. Apply online at: https://govapps.md.gov/appointments/apply/ 

2. Submit an updated exemption form for the board here: https://govappointments.maryland.gov/appointee-exemption-disclosure-form/