Webinars, Trainings & Resources for Small Businesses

The Competitive Edge Series provides business owners with the tools they need to improve their business and help grow their success. The Partnership knows that small businesses do not have easy access to training to continually sharpen their competitive edge. This series helps to fill that gap.

Sessions are free and open to small business owners throughout Frederick County, with workshops focusing on topics of interest to entrepreneurs.


Workshops are held once a month through May, typically from 8:30-9:30AM at the Delaplaine Arts Center (40 S Carroll St). The series concludes with an all-day City Visit on Monday, May 20. Advance registration is encouraged for all workshops.


2024 Schedule

Tuesday, February 20 @ 8:30AM • Expect the Unexpected: Preparing Your Business for Times of Crisis REGISTER HERE

Learning to prepare for the unexpected, or expected, adverse event for a small company is business continuity. You and your employees want to work tomorrow and the next day, so set the process to ensure you can continue operations through even the most unexpected of events. Join the team from the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management & Public Safety at Frederick Community College to learn how you can be prepared to recover from an adverse event and be a stronger, more resilient organization.

Upcoming Workshop Topics (dates TBD)
Making the Sale: Reliable Sales Techniques for Small Business Owners and Employees
AI Unlocked: Elevate Your Marketing with ChatGPT and More
Entrepreneur Exchange: Opening the Door for Peer-to-Peer Reviews
City Visit to Annapolis, MD


Since 1988, the seasoned staff of the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has provided sound advice, consulting and support to entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state. The Maryland SBDC offers regular trainings and programs for small business owners at every stage of their career.

Annually, the Maryland Women’s Business Center helps more than 1,500 women (and men) gain the skills, connections, and confidence necessary to navigate entrepreneurship. They work to empower small businesses and women entrepreneurs to launch and grow in Maryland’s Capital Region with a focus on collaboration, empowerment, expertise, inclusivity and innovation. Frederick County businesses should contact Karen Kalantzis, the MWBC’s Associate Business Counselor for Frederick County.

Window Display Resource Page

Designing a great window display is no easy task. You want it to be eye-catching, budget-friendly, low-effort and — above all else — effective! After all, the mark of a great window display is when you sell out of the product that’s in the window. At downtownfrederick.org/windows, we’ve compiled a few resources to help our Downtown Frederick retailers find a little extra inspiration this holiday season. Please use and share the info collected, and contact anyone on the Partnership staff if you need any extra advice!

Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to bring more residents and employees to Downtown Frederick, offers an exciting season of events and works closely with downtown businesses and partners to continue to strengthen and improve Downtown Frederick.