Business Development Section

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Business Development Section Mission

In October 2019, the Business Development Section (BDS)  was established to support the growth of businesses in Prince George’s County by providing guidance and assistance to entrepreneurs and established business owners in navigating the permitting and licensing processes. Since that time, the BDS has helped numerous businesses open their doors. The section coordinates with agency personnel to facilitate the completion of paperwork and document review. The team educates entrepreneurs about DPIE requirements and procedures and liaises between entrepreneurs, DPIE divisions and other government agencies.

The BDS has provided a valuable service by developing relationships with community stakeholders and lawmakers, as well.  The team provides much-needed information about permitting and licensing through seminars on the DPIE YouTube channel and the monthly Building Blocks newsletter. The BDS serves as a conduit between DPIE and resources outside the agency, such as the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the Redevelopment Authority and the Small Business Development Center.

The BDS has demystified DPIE’s requirements and given business owners a team to support them through the process. Whether you need assistance opening a hair salon or pulling permits to expand a restaurant, the BDS stands ready to assist you.

Helpful Information

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BDS Newsletter Links

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Forms for Businesses

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Informational Presentations

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Frequently Asked Questions

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DPIE Contacts

BDS Officers:

  • Charles Cooper — 
  • Nicole Reece — 



  • Director's Office — 301-636-2020
  • Public Information Office — 301-636-2053
  • Permitting and Licensing Division — 
  • Site/Road Plan Review Division — 
  • Building Plan Review Division — 301-636-2070
  • Inspections Division — 301-883-3820
  • Enforcement Division — 301-883-2090