In partnership with various public and private agriculture organizations, the county agriculture program provides assistance in promoting products and agri-tourism, establishing new agri-businesses and expanding markets for agri-businesses within the county.
Services available from the Calvert County Department of Economic Development include:
Promoting and educating county residents about the benefits associated with local agriculture
Promoting the retention and expansion of agri-businesses in the county
Acting as a liaison and information source for county agriculture
Providing access to non-profit and fee-based services for agricultural businesses
Chesapeake Agricultural Innovation Center is a non-profit organization which provides information and organizes learning sessions to assist value-added growers with scaling their business. They also offer discounted business services including consulting, data research and access to capital. AgriBiz Hub
Cultivate and Craft is a professional support organization which provides a regulatory resource hub, consulting and courses for value-added agricultural products in general and craft beverages specifically. They create, grows and strengthen organizations and the businesses they support.
Maryland Agricultural and Resource Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO)
MARBIDCO is a quasi-public organization which offers grants and revolving loan funds, partners with commercial lenders, provides business assistance, focuses on a variety of agricultural enterprises including agricultural preservation, forestry, aquaculture, specialty crops and equipment.
Maryland Entrepreneurship Resources
University of Maryland Extension, Maryland Department of Commerce and TEDCO offer focused resources for entrepreneurs such as support organizations, coaching and market trends to pursue their business development.