Doing Business in Takoma Park, Maryland
Why Locate in Old Takoma?
Click here for a new fact sheet on the Old Takoma trade area that explains why Old Takoma is a great place for your business.
Maryland State Business Resources
Starting a New Business in Maryland - To make it easier to start a new business in Maryland, the Comptroller's Office offers convenient online services to help you set up tax accounts, obtain the right business licenses, and learn about available tax credits.
Business Development Representative: 410-767-6300
List of Required Permits
Learn about the licenses you may need from the State of Maryland Business License Information System.
Register Your Business with the State Maryland
Register and establish your business as a legal entity with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.
Establish tax accounts with the Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury.
Neighborhood Business Works Loan Program
The Neighborhood Business Works loan program provides gap financing to new or expanding small businesses and non-profit organizations.Check the website for more information: www.mdhousing.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to questions you may have concerning the legal aspects of starting a business.
In Montgomery County:
Office of the Circuit Court
Retail and Wholesale Businesses
If your new business in Montgomery County involves retail, wholesaling items, or opening a chain store, you will need to obtain a Trader's License from the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk.
Department of Liquor Control
Bars, Restaurants, and Events
If you plan on serving or selling alcoholic beverages in Montgomery County, you must first obtain the proper licenses from the Department of Liquor Control, at 240-777-1999.
Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services
If your new business is a health care facility or medical provider, mobile food operation, restaurant, private school, nursing home, daycare facility, assisted living, or group home, you must secure a license from the Department of Health & Human Services’ Division of Licensure and Regulatory Services.
Office of Consumer Protection
If your new business involves motor vehicle repairs and/or towing, new home construction, radio/tv/appliance installation and repairs, or secondhand personal property, you will need a license from the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection.
Department of Permitting Services