Applications are Now Being Accepted for Frederick County Office of Economic Development's Virtual Business Accelerator Program

A Program for Small and Underrepresented Businesses, in Partnership with M&T Bank

FREDERICK, Md., Jan. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Frederick County Office of Economic Development and M&T Bank have partnered together to offer a free, virtual 10-week Small Business Accelerator Program to support small and underrepresented businesses in Frederick County. The program will provide businesses with the fundamentals of important business topics led by local subject matter experts, mentors and community leaders. There will also be potential opportunities for businesses to access capital through the program's pitch contest. The virtual program will run from February 22, 2023 through April 26, 2023. Over the 10-week period, sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Although sessions will be held virtually, the program will include in-person networking opportunities. Program applications are currently being accepted and the deadline to apply is February 1, 2023. To apply for the program, businesses can visit

The program will highlight the fundamentals of important business topics such as Doing business in Frederick County, Building Relationships with Banks, Business Planning, Strategic Planning, Business Finance, Access to Capital, Marketing, Legal Issues, How to Pitch Your Business as well as a pitch contest, one-on-one coaching, and networking opportunities.

"We are thankful to M&T Bank for this partnership. We are always looking for ways to break down barriers and address inequities that small and underrepresented businesses face in our County, and education is a good start. This Small Business Accelerator program will allow us to enhance the services that we provide through our EmPOWER Program, designed to create an environment of economic inclusion here in Frederick County. We encourage all small business owners to apply for this excellent program," says Jodie Bollinger, Acting Executive Director for the Frederick County Office of Economic Development.

To be eligible for the Small Business Accelerator Program, businesses must be based in Frederick County, in business for two or more years, generating revenue and in good standing with the State of Maryland. Businesses that do not meet eligibility requirements can apply. However, they must include a compelling reason why they should be considered.

For more information about the Small Business Accelerator Program, individuals may contact AJ Nwoga at 202-868-1443 or, or Shana Knight at or 240-285-4781.

Media Contact

Shana Knight, Frederick County Office of Economic Development, 301-600-1058,

SOURCE Frederick County Office of Economic Development