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Ginette Serrero, CEO A&G Pharma

"For a growing biotech company, Howard County is strategically located near government scientific and regulatory agencies, a major airport, and top-notch academic institutions that provide a pool of talented researchers." (Photo by David Hobby)

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Welcome to Howard County, MD

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is a public-private partnership whose primary goal is to promote economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, targeting new businesses and attracting corporate and regional headquarters. 


Doing Business Here

Howard County boasts a thriving and vibrant economy, which makes it the first choice for smart businesses looking to start or expand in the Mid-Atlantic. Add in its central location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and you have a real win-win. Howard County also offers more than 70-million square feet of commercial space, providing businesses with the perfect location to do business.

Living Here

Howard County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment.

Farmers Markets

Howard County offers farmers markets five days a week throughout the county, meaning that farm fresh produce is much closer then you think.

2015 Business Appreciation Week

Business Appreciation Week is held as a thank you for businesses in Howard County. Take a look at the photos from our visits on our Facebook Page!

What's Hot

We're all about business growth in Howard County - and with so much going on, it shows! Here's what's happening now: 

Eight Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship Businesses Named Finalists for Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Award

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is proud to announce that eight Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) resident, affiliate and graduate companies are among the 22 finalists for the 15th Annual Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards (ICOY). The ICOY Awards publicly recognize achievements by current clients and graduates of Maryland incubators and provides a forum for the nominees to increase their visibility in the business, technology and investment communities.

Augmented Reality Startup Visidraft Raises $250,000 to Revolutionize CAD Collaboration

Visidraft, a resident company at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) in Howard County, Maryland recently closed $250,000 in seed funding. Visidraft is an Augmented Reality startup focused on solving communication between clients and contractors in Architecture and Construction.

Seven Locations for 2015 Howard County Farmers’ Markets

The long wait is nearly over for foodies looking forward to buying locally grown fruits and vegetables from area farmers. The 2015 Howard County Farmers’ Market season will begin May 6 and run through November 22.

Howard County Celebrates 24th Business Appreciation Week

More than 100 businesses will be visited during the week of May 4 as part of Howard County’s annual Business Appreciation Week – a week set aside to directly engage area businesses. The visits will include the full range of businesses from startups to large companies.


The HCEDA sponsors and collaborates in great events throughout the year - speaker's series, networking meetups, conferences and awards ceremonies. Get in on the action, sign up and get involved or view community Events.

Upcoming Events: 


HTC Women in Tech Networking

5/27/15 5:00 PM Join us for the inaugural HTC Women in Tech evening networking event. 

HTC: Membership 101

6/05/15 12:00 PM Join the Howard Tech Council for our free HTC Membership 101 Lunch! 

HTC Face2Face

6/11/15 6:00 PM

Join the HTC for our next Face2Face dinner featuring
Smitha Gopal, CEO of Eyemaginations

HACKIT Affinity Group: "What's in Your 'Go-Bag'?""

6/18/15 4:30 PM HACKIT: What's in Your "Go-Bag?"

Speaker Series: "Leverage Your LinkedIn"

6/19/15 12:00 PM Speaker Series: Leverage Your LinkedIn"
This seminar focuses on getting you and your team up to speed on the most influential social network for business to business sales professionals. Packed with tips from LinkedIn professionals and expert users, you'll learn some proven methods to boost your profile, perfect your tagline, get the most out of groups and more!

Stats, Maps, and Lists

Everything you need to know about Howard County at your fingertips.

Business Lists

Howard County is home to thousands of businesses of all sizes -- from corporate headquarters -- to businesses where the dining room table serves as the desk and conference table. Some examples of reports and lists available:

  • Major Employers
  • New and Expanding
  • Industry Lists...and more


Howard County is one of Maryland's fastest-growing regions, increasing its population by 34 percent over the past decade.


Links to website where you can find informative maps and data.

Economic Indicators

Review the most currently available economic indicators for Howard County and surrounding areas.

Success Stories

For every new business in Howard County, there's a success story behind it.


Over the last three years, we developed a very sophisticated video engagement and collaboration platform that is cloud and mobile-based.

Shea Radiance

The Alabis founded Shea Radiance after they started using pure, unrefined shea butter to develop skincare for their children. Long familiar with the legendary power of shea, the Alabis concocted a product that was the only solution for their son's severely dry skin and eczema.

A&G Pharmaceutical

A&G Pharmaceutical is focused on the development & commercialization of innovative personalized medicine products to diagnose and treat life threatening human cancers. A&G is developing a tissue and blood test kits that will improve early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer based on the biomarker "GP88/PGRN".