Resources for your business

La Plata is located in Charles County and it is the county seat. With attractive options for real estate, strategic access to Washington DC and northern Virginia, La Plata attracts businesses that are looking to expand or relocate to new facilities.

Business Environment

  • In 2015, La Plata received the Wastewater System of the Year Award for the improved quality and consistency of the treatment process used in its Wastewater Treatment Plant and the quality and consistency of wastewater service it provided to its customers.

  • La Plata is conveniently located near major military facilities including Andrews Air Force Base and Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

  • Charles County's target industries include federal contracting/defense, science and technology, health services, energy and sustainability, and robotics.

  • Compared to the DC Metro average, average office lease rates in Charles County are nearly 40 percent lower, retail space is nearly 32 percent lower, and industrial space is more than 20 percent lower.

With the Washington Reagan National airport nearby, La Plata has become established as a growing center for business thanks to its strategic location in the Washington, DC Metro area.

Business Structure and Licensing

To start a new business in La Plata, you must first select a business structure. If you are looking to set up a legal entity for your business, you must register with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation. Some businesses in certain industries may be required to obtain business licenses from the Clerks of the Circuit Court for Charles County.

Businesses that will engage in the sale of tangible products must obtain a sales and use tax license from the Comptroller of Maryland.

Business Support From La Plata

There are many helpful resources for business owners in La Plata. The Southern Maryland Chapter of SCORE is available to assist small businesses with free mentoring and low-fee workshops.

The Charles County Office of Economic Development created the Small/Local Business Enterprise program in order to support local small businesses by giving them preference in the competition for county procurements.

For women owned businesses, a Disadvantaged Business Loan Fund is available that offers microloans up to $35K.


The following links provide resources to help you get started with your La Plata business:

Charles County Chamber of Commerce

La Plata Town Census Information

Buy a Business in La Plata

Find Commercial Real Estate in La Plata

Find the Best La Plata Accountant

Tax Incentives

If you need help with your La Plata business taxes and accounting, call us at (301) 637-6453 for a consultation.