Start Your Business

Where To Begin?


The Department of Economic Development has developed a business checklist to outline the basic steps involved with starting your business:


For a complete overview, download our business guide.



Where To Locate Your Business?


The Department of Economic Development provides complimentary business location service assistance. DED can provide commercial listing information via Costar and verify zoning for specific sites. Additional information is available on the Find a Business Location page.


How To Finance Your Business?


  • City of Frederick Tax Credit Programs - The City of Frederick offers several tax credit programs to encourage rehabilitation and reinvestment in the community. For details, contact the Department of Economic Development at 301-600-6360.
  • Small Commercial Tax Credit - The Maryland Historical Trust offers a small commercial tax credit for rehabilitation projects under $500,000. The income tax credit is equal to 20% of qualified rehabilitation expenditures.
  • Downtown Frederick Facade Improvement Program - In partnership with the Downtown Frederick Partnership and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, eligible businesses may receive a 1:1 match on qualified exterior facade improvements. For details, contact the Downtown Frederick Partnership at 301-698-8118.
  • Golden Mile Facade Improvement Program - In partnership with the Golden Mile Alliance and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, eligible businesses may receive a 1:1 match on qualified exterior facade improvements. For details, contact the Golden Mile Alliance at .
  • East Frederick Facade Improvement Program - In partnership with East Frederick Rising and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, eligible businesses may receive a 1:1 match on qualified exterior facade improvements. For details, contact the Department of Economic Development at 301-600-6360.
  • Maryland Venture Fund - The Maryland Venture Fund (MVF) provides seed and early-stage investments in innovative companies across numerous industry sectors, including cybersecurity, software, communications, healthcare IT, and more. Contact the MVF for more information.
  • Neighborhood BusinessWorks Program - The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) provides gap financing to new and expanding small businesses and non-profit organizations. Loan amounts up to $500,000 or 50% of total project cost, whichever is less.