Starting a Business! 


Hispanic Business Center

Marisela Villamil – Program Manager/Cosultant

301-802-1963 –

Ruth Chavez | Program Support Specialist

301-209-2126 –

Una organización destinada a ayudar a la comunidad Latina en sus necesidades empresariales en el estado de Maryland, DC, y Virginia para aquellas personas que prefieren asistencia empresarial en español. El Centro Hispano de Negocios es parte del SBDC, centro de ayuda para el desarrollo empresarial de negocios pequeños una organización con más de 25 años en todo Estados Unidos y algunos países de Latinoamérica. El SBDC por sus siglas en ingles Small Business Development Center, es auspiciado por la universidad de Maryland y la administración de pequeños negocios (SBA).



Alma Couverthie | Sr. Director of Workforce Development and Education

240-491-5742 –

734 University Blvd. E., Silver Spring, MD 20903

The Ready to Succeed Small Business Program is a business training program spanning 3 months and totaling 6 classes per semester. The next Ready to Succeed Business Program semester will began this July of 2015 and ran into September of 2015. Up to thirty local and independently owned businesses met in morning classes. The program is valued at $1,600 for businesses, but it’s completely FREE to locally owned businesses in the International Corridor. The curriculum covers topics for leading a successful business in the 21st century.


Latino Economic Development Corporation

Rossana Espinoza – Program Manager – Small Business Development

202-540-7416 –

11002 Veirs Mill Road, Suite 503, Wheaton, MD 20902

Latino Economic Development Corporation Small Business Development Department equips aspiring and established entrepreneurs with the skills and tools necessary to run and strengthen a small business. Our staff offers eight Spanish-language trainings on diverse topics ranging from how to start your own business to how to create your own web page. The program connects advanced entrepreneurs with a one-on-one small business coaching service called Brinca on topics ranging from record keeping to marketing.


Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

Judith Stephenson – Small Business Navigator

240-777-2012 –

111 Rockville Pike #800, Rockville, MD 20850

The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development (DED) fosters a growing, diversified and innovative economy, providing opportunity and prosperity for businesses and residents alike, while sustaining the County’s quality of life.


Maryland Women’s Business Center

Angie Duncanson – Business Counselor/Trainer

301-315-8091 –

51 Monroe St, Rockville, MD 20850

The Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) helps women and men throughout our community start and grow successful women-owned enterprises positioned for long-term growth through training, resources, access to funding and individual assistance.


Prince George’s Economic Development Center

Elizabeth Crittendon – International Business Development Specialist

301-583-4650 –

Small Business Services – 1801 McCormick Dr. Suite 350, Largo, MD 20774

EDC’s mission of business attraction and expansion is accomplished through our main business lines, including Business Development, the Small Business Services/Technical Assistance Center (TAC), International Business Development, Workforce Services, and Marketing/Communications.


Membership-Based Organizations


Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Chanil Pimentel – Business Coach

202-728-0352 –

910 17th St NW #1150, Washington, DC 20006

Founded in 1976, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 membership-driven organization that supports the economic development of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region through capacity building, B2B connections, and advocacy.

Capacity Building: Our capacity building is designed for small business needs and hosted by industry experts, to help you with:

• Taxes

• Access to capital

• Marketing

• Business plan writing

• Small and minority business certifications

• Contracting and procurement opportunities at local and federal government

B2B Connections: Best way to accelerate your business is through face-to-face connections.

• Bi-Monthly New Member Orientations

• Business Matchmaking Sessions

• 8(a) Networking Reception

• Industry Mixers (Construction, IT, etc.)

Advocacy: Through its Government Affairs Committee, the Chamber advocates for Hispanic businesses from the Greater Washington region on legislation and regulations that affect them.


Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County

Mayra Bayonet – Director of Community Outreach & Development

240-630-8638 –

8120 Woodmont Ave. Suite 110 Bethesda, MD 20814

The HCCMC – Tu Camara mission is:

To provide a forum for matters affecting Latinos in Business. To advocate on behalf of the organizations constituency to achieve social, educational and economic advantage and fairness in front of the law; and to provide streamlined access to the Hispanic business community and collaboration with other organizations that seek the welfare and advancement of minority and women owned small business.


• Open doors through advocacy for small business

• Professional Development and knowledge through events of special interest.

• Opportunities to meet fellow members and share experiences at regular networking events.

• Valuable business growth information and opportunities

•Introductions to people you need to meet: key players in your industry, potential mentors, future business partners


Langley Park Small Business Owners Association

Jorge Sactic LPSBOA President 202-702-4416

202-702-4416 –

1401 University Blvd E. Hyattsville, MD 20783

The Langley Park Small Business Owners Association was founded in September of 2013 with the goal of representing the interests of their small business members in the International Corridor. In face of the coming transportation projects the Business Association serves to give voice to their members in matters of community & economic development and to provide technical support and business counseling to the membership.


Long Branch Business League

Carlos Perozo LBBL President

301-587-4829 –

8736 Flower Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20895

Our main goal is to get the word out about Long Branch — the comfortable commercial area tucked between Takoma Park and downtown Silver Spring. We are taking steps to make Long Branch a more desirable and walkable destination. Let’s help each other take our businesses, individually and collectively, to the next level.


Takoma/Langley Crossroads Development Authority

Melanie Isis TKLCDA Director

301-445-7910 –

7676 New Hampshire Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

The Takoma/Langley Crossroads Development Authority, Inc. (CDA) is a unique 501(c)(6) business association organized in 1987 to market and promote the Takoma/Langley Commercial Management District, provide security, maintenance and amenities in the diverse, international Takoma/Langley Crossroads commercial area at the border of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.