Economic Development Commission

Aberdeen has parlayed its strategic location, extensive land resources and technological expertise into a site planner's dream. Its strategic location which is between New York and Washington, D.C. right on Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 40 offers easy access to railways, shipping, and airports. Positioning itself as "Northeastern Maryland's Research and Development Headquarters," Aberdeen has harnessed its own resources to transform the local business environment into a high technology center.

The City of Aberdeen has an advisory committee to aid in the economic advancement of Aberdeen. The Economic Development Commission works with the Director of Planning and Community Development to encourage economic growth, retention of existing businesses, and welcome new industry to our City.

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Commission Members

Steve Johnson, Chairman   

Linda Walls (HOME2 Suites)

Charles Jacobs (Harford Bank)

Don Lewis (President, APGFCU)

Don Curry (Century 21 Curry Agency)

Tammy Lowry-Gault (Holiday Inn Express)

Mike Lozinak (McDonalds Restaurants)

Eileen Frado (Harford County Economic Development)

 

Guidelines for Business Start-Up and Development

The following guidelines provide a starting point to familiarize you with the basic requirements and considerations for starting a business in the City of Aberdeen, Harford County, Maryland. One point to keep in mind -- you may be an outstanding plumber, electrician, financial consultant or teacher, but you are not necessarily an accountant, attorney or banker. A team of professionals is most important to keep your business on track. These guidelines will give your direction, but they are not intended to replace specific legal information from certified professionals.

To start a business in Maryland, visit www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/checklist.html.
The State provides detailed information regarding business requirements on their web site:

  • Select your business structure
  • Create and register your business
  • Obtain personal property tax information
  • Register a trade name
  • Obtain federal, state, county and local tax information
  • Check county and city zoning requirements
  • Obtain and complete Application for Business License

You may also follow these steps:

Register your business and establish the legal entity with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, or call 410.767.1340.

Obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service

Establish your tax accounts with the Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury or call 410.767.1313.

Learn about state licenses through the Business License Information System and learn about Harford County Licenses or call 410.638.3344.

Contact the Harford County Clerk of the Circuit Court regarding business licenses, or call 410.638.3426.

For help preparing a business plan and guidance through the above processes, contact the Small Business Development Center, or call 410.836.4237.

For assistance with zoning, site selection information, tax incentives, financial assistance and other business support services in the City of Aberdeen call 410.272.1600.

Business Incentives

Enterprise Zone

An Enterprise Zone is a defined geographic area in which economic incentives are made available to new and existing businesses that expand through capital investment and/or job creation. The Greater Aberdeen/Havre de Grace - Harford County Enterprise Zone is 7,000+ acres. There are many incentives available to qualifying businesses, which include: local real property tax credits, state income tax credits, financing assistance, and workforce training. To qualify for Enterprise Zone benefits, a business must be located within the Zone and meet minimum requirements for job creation or for capital investment. For additional information and an application please contact Ms. Phyllis Grover, or call (410) 272-1600 ext. 216.

HUB Zone

Small Business Administration’s HUB Zone program is in line with the efforts of both the Administration and Congress to promote economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing access to more Federal contracting opportunities. A small business must meet all of the following criteria to qualify for the HUBZone program:

  • it must be located in a "historically underutilized business zone" or HUBZone.
  • it must be owned and controlled by one or more US Citizens, and
  • at least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.

Aberdeen has the ONLY HUBZone in Harford County. For additional information and an application please contact Ms. Phyllis Grover, or call 410/272-1600.

Community Legacy

Community Legacy provides grants for facade improvements for businesses located in specific designated sustainable areas of Aberdeen.

For additional information and an application please contact Ms. Phyllis Grover, or call (410) 272-1600 ext. 216.