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Rather than being competitive in an underserved market, we collaborate with local organizations as part of an ecosystem of small business creation and support.

Originating Partners

We collaborate with local Community Development Financial Institutions to connect small businesses with access to capital, according to each lender’s guidelines and each small business’ status. Contact us to be connected directly to an originating partner.

  • Maryland Capital Enterprises (MCE)
  • ECDC Enterprise Development Group

Technical Assistance Providers

These technical assistance providers coach entrepreneurs to complete a thorough written business plan, develop accurate financials, and understand applicable business formation, licensing and other regulatory requirements. All applicants are required to complete TA through one of these approved providers.

  • Small Business Resource Center (SBRC)
  • Greater Baltimore Urban League  (GBUL)
  • Operation HOPE
  • Small Business Development Center Maryland (SBDC)
  • MICApreneurship (for MICA alumni only)
  • Project Opportunity (for veteran, active duty, reservist, or military spouse entrepreneurs)

If you have completed the Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, your TA requirement is considered to have been met. 

Small Business Bankers

We refer applicants to traditional bankers who understand the barriers faced by early stage businesses. These bankers share bank financing options and support, and facilitate the applicant’s future growth and progress through the small business lending ecosystem. As an applicant, you will be connected directly to a small business banker.

  • Fulton Bank
  • BB&T (now Truist)
  • PNC Bank
  • Wells Fargo