So...your thinking about starting a business in Oakland, Maryland!
All you need to know about starting a business in Oakland can be found in this great guide!
First, make sure you choose the right business structure in order to choose the appropriate name. If you need help creating a business plan, use the “virtual classroom” at http://www.va-interactive.com/sbdc/ot/modules.php?state_name=MD It offers free online instruction after setting up an account immediately with a user name and password.
Applications for a Maryland business license may be obtained from the Clerk of the Circuit Court, located on the first floor of the courthouse. The number for the Licensing Department is 301-334-1937.
You can also obtain application forms online at http://www.dat.state.md.us/Pages/sdatforms.aspx
Your Trader's License comes from the Courthouse and it ranges from $17-$802 depending on inventory amounts. Then you come to City Hall and we do not require a fee, but we sign your Trader's License and after your first year, then you will pay a CDMA (Commercial District Management Authority) due, which ranges from $50-$300 per year. This also makes you a member of the Greater Oakland Business Association as well.
Garrett County Economic Development is a huge asset to our community. Please visit their website at the address below.