The BRIDGE program was established to foster the recruitment and start-up of businesses to Queen Anne’s County. BRIDGE monies are available in the form of loans or performance loans/grants for new businesses and projects that create new a minimum of 5 new full time jobs. Eligible businesses must be in operation for less than one (1) year. Certain conditions apply. Strong consideration is given to those businesses that fall within the following industry profiles: Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Maritime, Technology, and Hospitality/Tourism. For more information, please click on the FAQ link.
Queen Anne’s County Economic Development Incentive Fund (the Fund) was established by the County Commissioners to aid economic development in the County by providing financial assistance through loans, grants, or a combination of both. The Fund not only nurtures existing businesses, but also strives to attract or enhance those that complement Queen Anne’s County’s major industry sectors.
The Economic Development Incentive Fund is offered to individuals/businesses interested in starting a new business, expanding an existing business, or relocating operations to Queen Anne’s County. Strong consideration is given to those businesses that fall within the following industry profiles: Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture and Seafood, Technology, and/or Hospitality/Tourism.
Projects must demonstrate significant economic impact – such as job creation and retention, increase in production, and/or potential for a niche market – and be consistent with the County’s development land use goals and economic development priorities. The business must be physically located within the geographic boundaries of Queen Anne’s County; residency is not required of the business owner(s).
Applicants must provide a demonstrated need for the funding of the project. Disbursement of funds will be at the sole discretion of the Queen Anne’s County Economic Development Incentive Fund Commission and the Queen Anne’s county Commissioners. Contact the Department of Economic Development for more information.