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Helping Entrepreneurs


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Solutions for Entrepreneurs

Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc. (MCE) was founded in 1998 with the assistance of the UMES Rural Development Center (RDC) who spearheaded the task force to develop a solution for the under-banked and under-served entrepreneurs of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The RDC also provided startup funding for MCE, which was incorporated in March 1998.  Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc. obtained its 501(c)(3) status in November of that year. The first executive director was hired and program operations began in March 1999.

Loans For Maryland Business Owners And Entrepreneurs

Do you own your own business or are you searching for the possibility to become self-employed? You are in the right place! Since 1998, Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc. (MCE), a private nonprofit, has worked to build communities by supporting local small businesses. MCE provides counseling and develops business plans for over 100 entrepreneurs per year within our service area. We assist in finding information; improving skills; and acquiring financing to start, expand, or purchase an existing business. Let us help to make all of your business dreams come true!

Entrepreneur of the Year

A celebration of hard work

The Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates entrepreneurs that have taken the risk of starting their own business, have created jobs in their local communities, and have written a business plan for the future. These individuals have a fighting spirit and are sleep-deprived and worn down. Despite this, they refuse to give up and are ready to take on the world!

Women's Business Center

A celebration of hard work

MCE Women’s Business Center (WBC) is designed to assist businesswomen in starting and expanding small businesses on the Eastern Shore. The Women’s Business Center operates to assist women entrepreneurs to succeed. It offers training, consulting, counseling, one-on-one mentoring, and micro and small business loans to women entrepreneurs on the Eastern Shore.

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