Rockville, Maryland

Rockville Business Signs

Rockville is a city located in the southwestern portion of the present-day U.S. state of Maryland.  Prior to intervention by those of European descent, this area had been inhabited since 8000 B.C.  Up until English colonization, the Montgomery Indian Peoples, along with the Senecas and Susquehannocks, made this area their home.  By the year 1700, British infestations had driven out these native tribes from the area.

By the mid-18th century, the first European settlement popped up in the region.  This settlement was known as Owen’s Ordinary, as it was a small roadside inn first established by a Lawrence Owen.  The first land patents for the area were obtained by Arthur Nelson between 1717 and 1735.

A small town sprung up here, which was known by many names, such as Owen’s Ordinary, Hungerford’s Tavern, Daley’s Tavern, Montgomery Court House, Williamsburg, and Wattsville.  However, finally, in 1803, the year of the settlement’s official founding, the city’s current name, Rockville, was settled upon, in honor of Rock Creek.  Rockville, Maryland was officially incorporated in 1860.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Rockville, Maryland has a total population of 66,940 people.  This makes it the third most populous city in the state of Maryland.  Additionally, Rockville, Maryland is considered part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.  The Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area, according to a 2013 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, has a total population of 9,331,587 people.  This makes it the 4th most populous metropolitan area in the entire United States.

Rockville, Maryland’s economy has developed rapidly in the last several decades.  In fact, along with neighboring Gaithersburg, Maryland and Bethesda, Maryland, Rockville, Maryland makes up the core of the “Interstate 270 Technology Corridor.”  The “Interstate 270 Technology Corridor” serves as the “home of numerous software and biotechnology companies as well as several federal government institutions.”

Rockville, Maryland itself is home to the headquarters for numerous companies such as Adventist Healthcare, the American Kidney Fund, Choice Hotels, Emergent BioSolutions, Human Genome Sciences, Westat, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), Bethesda Softworks, and Goodwill Industries.

Back in 2012, according to Rockville, Maryland’s City Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employer in the Rockville, Maryland (by a very wide margin), was undoubtedly Montgomery County.  According to this report, Montgomery County is responsible for 4,985 local jobs.  Montgomery County Public Schools comes in a far second, employing 2,500 local Rockville, Maryland residents, while both Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Westat provide 2,000 local jobs each.  Booz Allen Hamilton comes in fifth, with 1,282 local Rockville, Maryland employees.

The current mayor of Rockville, Maryland, Bridget Donnell Newton (Independent), has been mayor of the city since 2013.  Mayor Donnell Newton presides over the four-member Rockville, Maryland City Council.

Rockville, Maryland is home to only one professional sporting franchise of note.  Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League’s Rockville Express, who play their home games at Knights’ Field Ballpark on the campus of Montgomery College, have won two league championships and were once Post-Season Tournament Championships Champions.

Do you, by any chance, happen to be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Rockville, Maryland area?  Have you ever considered such an opportunity for yourself?  Well, look no further!  Below, we have helpfully provided a list of resources to get you started in the direction of such a goal:

Apply for a Business License in Rockville, Maryland:

Doing Business in the City of Rockville, Maryland:

Rockville Chamber of Commerce:

Looking for Rockville business signs?
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A SIGNStore, Inc.
Derwood, MD
Ed Hendrickson

Hilltop Signs
Hollywood, MD
Mike Davis

Murray & Heister, Inc.
Beltsville, MD
Jeff Bussink