Starting a Business

The Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development provides information and support to entrepreneurs and small business owners of new, existing and start-up companies. The Financial Manager works with individuals to develop and/or review business plans and discuss financing options.

The following guidelines provide a starting point to familiarize you with the basic requirements and considerations for starting a business in Harford County, Maryland. These guidelines give direction, but are not intended to replace specific legal information from certified professionals.

State Provided Information


The state provides detailed information regarding business requirements on their website:
  • Check county and city zoning requirements
  • Create and register your business
  • Obtain and complete Application for Business License
  • Obtain federal, state, county and local tax information
  • Obtain personal property tax information
  • Register a trade name
  • Select your business structure
You may also follow these steps:

Further Assistance


Other Resources


The following websites are excellent resources for researching and defining your business strategies, skills and risk-tolerance, along with your industry, market and product. These websites also offer links to additional information and support for your efforts: