Best Small Business Resources in the Silver Spring Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Maryland has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Silver Spring area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Maryland.

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Silver Spring SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Montgomery County Public Libraries

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research
  • Product Development
  • Legal Assistance

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

Montgomery County Libraries have dedicated resources for business owners and entrepreneurs. The library system has what you would normally expect to find within a library system, such as business databases, reservable collaboration spaces for private meetings, public computers, etc. In addition to these services, the library system has an in-house SCORE mentor with whom you can schedule meetings, 3D printing services, digital media labs, and in the Rockville Memorial location, a makerspace. All branches also include access to the Montgomery County Small Business Navigator. The MCSBN can assist you with navigating the often complex world of county government. 

Restrictions

You will need a library card to access databases remotely and to access 3D printing and the digital media labs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

900 Wayne Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
240-773-9420

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - THU: 9 am - 9 pm
FRI: 10 am - 6 pm
SAT: 10 am - 6 pm
SUN: 1 pm - 5 pm


Rockville Economic Development, Inc

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

51 Monroe Street, PE-20
Rockville, MD 20850
301-315-8096