Minority Business Vision

Whether you are looking to start or grow a business or need certification as a minority, veteran or women-owned business, there are several local and state resources available.

In 2016, the City of Frederick was named of the Most Diverse Cities in America (#8, WalletHub). By 2020, Maryland is predicted to be majority minority. With the fastest growing Asian and Hispanic population in Maryland, the Frederick County Minority Business Vision (MBV) was established in 2015 with the assistance of an initative advisory committee made of minority business owners and advocates.

The MBV holds monthly networking events geared towards helping minorities start a business and helping minority-owned businesses grow. Organizations like the Maryland Women’s Business CenterGolden Mile Alliance, Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian-American Center of Frederick and Centro Hispano de Frederick have also partnered with the Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED), financial institutions and local colleges to create a spirit of diversity and entrepreneurship that is alive and well in Frederick County.

Frederick County Future Minority Business Leaders Program

OED has created a program that aims to inspire, develop and grow future minority business leaders of Frederick County. Participants of this eight month program spend two hours a day on Friday mornings in classes such as: leadership traits, funding sources, marketing, hiring issues, making connections in the community and more. For more information about the program, please download a 2018 class schedule. To apply for the 2018 Class, please download an application and send it along with a resume to scoleman@frederickcountymd.gov by September 30, 2017.

2017 Minority Business Vision Networking Events

Third Thursday of Every Month

These events are held at Mount St. Mary’s University-Frederick Campus, 5350 Spectrum Dr, Frederick, MD 21703 from 5pm to 7pm. Events include experts on topics such as networking, banking, workshops and more. Contact us to register or learn more.

Frederick County Minority-Owned Business Stats 

  • 68.9% increase in Asian-owned businesses 
  • 25.6% increase in Hispanic-owned businesses 
  • 8.2% increase in Women-owned businesses
  • 5.6% increase in Black or African American-owned businesses
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Survey of Business Owners, 2007-2012 data

Maryland Minority-Owned Business Programs

Frederick County Minority-Owned Business Directory

Minority-owned companies are growing in Frederick County and to track growth, OED has created a Frederick County Minority Business Directory. Please contact us to add your minority-owned business to the list.