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Small Business Toolbox

Researching and Starting your Business in Montgomery County

Need help with your business plan?

In addition to the resources above:

What should I know about federal taxes?

About Employer ID Numbers (EINs) from the Internal Revenue Service
Small Business/Sefl-Employed Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop (IRS Web site)
Industries/Professions Tax Center (IRS Web site)
Apply for an Employer ID Number online

State of Maryland Taxes

Pay Maryland Business Taxes online

Montgomery County Taxes

What Permits and Licenses does my business need?

Permits and Licenses issued by Montgomery County

Other local Permits and Licenses

If your business is located in an incorporated city or town, please check with your local municipality to see what permits and licences it may require.

Permit and Licensing Tips

  • Neither the State of Maryland nor Montgomery County issue a general business license. Business licenses are required for specific business activities; not just for operating a business.
  • Most small businesses do not need a federal license.
  • The State of Maryland mandates the majority of licenses; many are issued through the Clerks of the Circuit Court.
  • Consultants do not need a license.

How can I find a small-business friendly lawyer or accountant?

To find a small-business friendly lawyer or accountant, check with your local Chamber of Commerce. Also, ask other business owners for referrals!

What is Procurement?

"Procurement" is a method of generating business revenues by entering into contracts (for goods or services) with a government agency or large organization.

A business involved in procurement can either

  • contract directly with a government agency (called a prime contractor), or
  • contract with a large organization, acting as a prime contractor, on a sub-contractor basis.

Learn more about procurement with Montgomery County, the Federal government, and the private sector

Last edited: 7/18/2011