Kent County Economic Development both leads and participates in activities designed to assist local and prospective businesses in achieving their goals and objectives. Economic Development 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 Chamber of Commerce (Ms. Loretta Lodge, Executive Director at 410-810-2968) works to promote and enhance the growing business climate in the county.
The Kent County Tourism Development Office (Ms. Bernadette Bowman, Director at 410-778-0416) has information and assistance on every facet of visiting and living in Kent County.
Washington College (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.
Chesapeake College (410-822-5400), located in Wye Mills, was founded in 1965 as Maryland’s first 5-county community college. Chesapeake offers associate’s degrees and certificate programs, plus workforce training options. Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees are available through the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center. The partners are Salisbury University, LaSalle University, Stevenson University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, University of Maryland University College and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business” (410-810-2969) 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.
The Maryland Department of Commerce is a major partner with Kent County in attracting new businesses and retaining and expanding existing businesses. The Department of Commerce 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.
- Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Thomas Rider, Business Services Supervisor, Division, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation Thomas.Rider@Maryland.gov 410-822-3030 Ext. 308 (office) 443-842-0711 (cell) 410-820-9966 (fax)
Jamie Williams, Coordinator