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We may only be a few weeks into the new calendar year, but our team is working diligently to continue to bring you opportunities, resources and support throughout 2021.

We’re excited to share this year’s Top 50 Frederick. In partnership with Frederick Magazine, the 4th edition of Top 50 Frederick has been published, renamed this year as Top 50x2 Frederick and recognizes 100 of the County’s top legacy businesses. Read about businesses who have called Frederick County home for more than 20 years – many for more than 100 years. (We’re also highlighting each of them in our blogs over the coming months.) Our 2020 Annual report, covering our economic development successes and a preview of what we have in store for 2021, can also be found in the Top 50x2 Frederick.   

We are proud of all our local businesses; however, we’d like to congratulate some of our businesses recently in the spotlight: McClintock Distilling has been named Maryland's “Distillery of the Year” from the International Spirits Competition; Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery and Scenic View Orchards were both featured on Tuesday's episode of Maryland Farm and Harvest; and Crowley Company has been honored with four 2021 Platinum Modern Library awards.

While how and where many of us are working may have changed over the past year, our commitment to the Frederick business community remains unchanged. I am pleased to say that we have many opportunities on the horizon to meet our business community needs. Our monthly minority networking events are back in 2021 with a new name, a new logo, but the continued focus on networking and education. (Check out the Empower link in this newsletter). Join Frederick County's Women’s Business Center Counselor Karen Kalantzis and other local females in business for Coffee & Connections as they kick off this monthly event on January 28. SMART PROC GOVCON 2021 will be held virtually on January 22, 2021 and provides small businesses with vital information necessary to better understand the federal procurement process, mission requirements and forecast opportunities. To register for these and other events visit our website at or use the links below.

Finally, grant opportunities continue for our business community. Applications are now being accepted for the Agricultural Innovation Grant; a second round of grants for restaurants are now being distributed; and the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) reopened on January 13. In early February applications will open for hotel and hospitality grants. Our webpage and social media are the best resources for keeping current about new programs as we post updates there regularly.

This New Year is already full of changes and there is much upcoming in 2021. One thing that will not change is our commitment to support your business as we collectively navigate this brand new 2021. 

Helen Propheter, Executive Director of Economic and Workforce Development
Frederick County Office of Economic Development

Frederick County's Top 50x2 Legacy Businesses

It's one of our favorite times of the year at OED: when we get to announce our latest issue of the Top 50! This year's publication is bigger and better than ever, featuring 100 of Frederick County's legacy businesses.

Wanted: Energy Services Contractors for PACE Focus Group

The County Executive Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources is seeking energy services contractors for a focus group on promoting PACE.

PACE, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, provides financing for building improvements such as energy efficient lighting, renewable energy, HVAC upgrades, and more. Businesses interested in receiving PACE financing may also participate in a focus group. PACE helps businesses to save money and free up capital.

Focus groups will meet as needed to discuss ways to make PACE more accessible to Frederick County businesses.

Interested contractors and businesses should contact Dawn Ashbacher at or 301-600-6864 by February 3.


SMARTPROC Virtual is this Friday! This 1-day, online event features speakers and exhibitors representing government, industry and small business. For a full lineup click here.

Farmers Can Apply for New Grant Program
Applications are being accepted now through February 1 for Frederick County Government’s new Agriculture Innovation Grants.

Diversity & Inclusion Networking Event

Our monthly networking event is back with a new look in 2021. A new name, a new logo, but the continued focus on networking and education.

Partner Spotlight: The Golden Mile Alliance

Have you ever wondered what the Golden Mile Alliance does? Get to know our friends from over on Route 40.

Coffee & Connections: MWBC Frederick County
Join Maryland Women’s Business Center for a NEW monthly networking group created just for Frederick County entrepreneurs facilitated by your MWBC Counselor, Karen Kalantzis!

Rollins Life Celebration Center Groundbreaking
One of the largest black-owned projects in Frederick/Western MD. The new location will offer extensive grief care programs, a modernized facility, and a continued unique approach to easing the burden and worry of the community members they serve. Expected to open by July, 2021.

COVID RELIEF BILL & Funding Updates
The Maryland Small Business Development Center has created this working document as a tool for businesses to navigate funding opportunities.