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If you are CONSIDERING starting a business...

Entering the world of entrepreneurship is a major decision, and the success of a business will depend on thorough planning. Formulating a business plan to guide the execution of your idea is an essential step in moving from a concept to an entity. A plan will give you the tools to help attain financing or a commercial bank loan—or even attract the interest of potential business partners and suppliers. 

Are you in the pre-start-up phase or maybe tinkering with a product or service? If so, the Washington County Department of Business Development wants to know, what it will take to get your product or viable business service out of the garage or basement and into the market? Visit  to take a two-minute survey and determine which free, confidential counseling sessions will help you meet your goals to launch a business.   

Overall, your business plan should answer the following questions:

  • What is the business idea?
  • What specific product or service will be sold?
  • How will the products or service be priced?
  • What did the market research show?
  • Who will be buying the product or service?
  • Who are the largest local competitors?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages as compared to local competitors?
  • Who will own the company and how will it be legally structured?
  • What skills and workforce will be needed?
  • How will the product or service be marketed and sold to customers?
  • What resources are needed?
  • What is accounted for in the budget?
  • What roles and responsibilities will be designated to launch the business?

FREE assistance in business plan development is available by contacting the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or the local chapter of SCORE

Hagerstown Community College Technical Innovation Center

Another option for high-tech businesses to consider is the business incubator at Hagerstown Commmunity College Technical Innovation Center (TIC). The TIC is the largest, most comprehensive technology-based business incubator in Western Maryland. It provides space and other services and amenities to entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing companies. Their facilities consist of office space, open manufacturing space, conference rooms, and 4,000 square feet of biotech research labs.

100 W Washington St., Suite 1401
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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