Kent County’s Economic Development Office both leads
and participates in activities designed to assist local and prospective
businesses in achieving their company’s goals and objectives.
The Economic Development Office strives to provide a centralized problem
solving location for county, state, federal and private resources designed
to continually improve the county’s business climate and living
and working environment.
The Kent County Business Park at Worton is a newly
formed and county-owned industrial business park consisting of four
sites of approximately two acres each. Inquiries on site availability
may be directed to Mr. Dick Barker, Associate Broker with Hogans Agency, Inc. He can be reached at 410-778-6858.
800.422.1782 or 410.778.2800)
located in Chestertown, and the 10th oldest college in the nation,
is a private 4-year liberal arts college founded in 1782, and has
provided a high level of business support and cultural enhancement
to Kent County since its inception.
(410.822.5400), located in Wye Mills, was
founded in 1965 as Maryland’s first 5-county community college.
The school provides a curriculum of 2-year studies in liberal arts
and the sciences and has provided strong business support through
various specific courses. In addition Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees
are offered at the Higher Education Center through partnerships with
Salisbury University and The University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
“Counselors to America’s Small Business”
is a non-profit association which provides entrepreneurs no-cost,
confidential face-to-face and email counseling.
The Small Business Development Center
(410.827.5304), located at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills,
provides no-cost counseling and low-cost training programs to entrepreneurs
of existing and developing businesses.
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED)
, is a major partner with Kent County in attracting
new businesses and retaining and expanding existing businesses. DBED
publicizes Maryland’s attributes, and markets local products
at home and abroad to stimulate economic development, international
trade, tourism and promote film production in Maryland.
The Maryland Agricultural & Resource Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBICO)
410-267-6807, mission is to assist Maryland's farm, forestry, seafood and recreation-based businesses to achieve profitability and sustainability by providing targeted services that help retain existing Ag/RBI production and commerce, promote rural entrepreneurship and nurture emerging industries.
Ernie Crofoot, County Administrator
400 High Street
Chestertown, Maryland 21620
Sondra Blackiston, Office Manager