Small and Minority and/or Women-owned Business Wage Subsidy Program

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What is the SMWB subsidy?

The Small and Minority and/or Women-owned Business (SMWB) Wage Subsidy supports Baltimore City business owners in hiring Baltimore City residents. Businesses may be reimbursed for wages of $6,000 for up to 3 residents, totaling $18,000. The subsidy application period began early 2022 and will remain open as long as funds are available.

Requirements to participate:

A business is eligible for a wage subsidy if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • Located in Baltimore City
  • Negatively impacted by the pandemic
  • Not a franchisee of a business with locations outside of Maryland (no national chains)
  • A small business that has 100 or fewer employees
  • 51% or more of the business share is minority and/or woman-owned; the business does not need to be certified

Please see the terms and conditions for detailed eligibility and restrictions.

Find out more and apply:

Apply at today! Contact Joseph Kim at or 410-913-9883 with questions.