Located in a state designated Enterprise Zone, a BioPark address may qualify tenants for tax credits and low interest loans. Additionally, companies interested in collaborating with University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty to advance their technology may be eligible for matching fund grants.
Maryland’s Enterprise Zone offers: (learn more)
- Real Property Tax Credits
10-year credit against local real property taxes on a portion of real property improvements or new construction. Credit is 80 percent the first five years, and decreases 10 percent annually thereafter to 30 percent in the tenth and last year.
- Income Tax Credits
One- or three-year credit for wages to be paid to new employees. The general credit is a one-time $1,000 credit per new worker. For economically disadvantaged employees, the credit increases to a total of $6,000 per worker distributed over three years.
- Enhanced Job Creation Tax Credits
For businesses eligible for Maryland’s Job Creation Tax Credit Program (a separate program), the tax credit rate is doubled from 2.5 percent to 5 percent and the ceiling is increased from $1,000 to $1,500 per new, qualified position. Minimum qualification is the creation of 25 new permanent full-time jobs.
Other state incentive programs that may apply to companies moving into the BioPark include:
- One Maryland Tax Credit
For companies moving into a “qualified distressed county” in Maryland, of which the city of Baltimore is one, businesses can qualify for up to $5.5 million in income tax credits.
- Maryland Biotechnology Tax Credit
An incentive for investment in seed and early stage private biotech companies based in Maryland. The program provides investors with tax credits or refunds equal to 50 percent of an eligible investment made to a qualified Maryland biotech company. Individual investors must commit a minimum of $25,000. For corporations and ventures capitalists, the minimum investment allowed under the program is $250,000.
- Research and Development Tax Credits
For businesses that incur qualified research and development expenses in Maryland, the business may receive a basic R&D tax credit of three percent of eligible R&D expenses that do not exceed the firm’s average R&D expenses over the last four years or a growth R&D tax credit of 10 percent of eligible R&D expenses that do exceed the firm’s average expenses over the last four years.
- Business Financing and Loans
The State of Maryland and City of Baltimore also offer businesses a range of low cost loans and other financing programs.
For additional information on resources for Maryland bioscience companies, visit the the Maryland Biotechnology Center website.
Federal HUB Zone:
The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. The company must also maintain a "principal office" in one of these specially designated areas. HUBZone provides federal contracting assistance to qualified small firms in designated HUBZones to:
- Increase employment opportunities
- Stimulate capital investment
- Empower communities through economic leveraging
Companies located on the University of Maryland BioPark Campus are recognized as a designated HUBZone:
Location One : 800 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 is in Qualified Census Tract 24510180100
Location Two : 801 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 is in Qualified Census Tract 24510180300
HUBZone Application Process
HUBZone offers eligibility assistance on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3 pm ET via toll free number: 1.888.858.2144 access code 3061773#
HUBZone Maps (updated May 28, 2013)