A survey instrument that captured general contact information, business background, revenue and technical assistance needs was developed and distributed as part of an initial data collection effort. As a result of a mailing to 490 businesses and attendance at business networking events, a total of 112 survey responses were obtained in support of the initial report completed in 2009. In addition, business data was obtained from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Dynamic Small Business database, Central Contractor Registration (CCR) business database, and MD Department of Transportation (MDOT) MBE/DBE listing. The data was reported in the Southern MD 2009 Small, Minority & Women Report completed for the Tri County Council of Southern MD.
In order to continue the data collection efforts, information provided by the businesses included in the Smart Biz Tool business directory when registering will be used for informational purposes only. The business also has the ability to update its information as required.