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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

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.

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: 

3D Maryland Launches Engineer-in-Residence Program for Innovation + Prototyping Lab

Howard County Economic Development Authority today announced the appointment of Sharon Brackett, CEO/President Tiresias Technologies as Engineer-in-Residence at the 3D Maryland Innovation + Prototyping Lab in Columbia, MD.

Howard County Business Accelerator Announces New Line Up of Companies

Conscious Venture Lab (CVLab) the Accelerator of the David B. Wolfe Institute for Conscious Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), today announced the selection of its second cohort of companies for the curriculum and mentor-driven accelerator program.

Annie’s Project Produces New Farmers

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) and the University of Maryland Extension-Howard County are recruiting for the 2015 class of Annie’s Project. The program focuses on the many aspects of farm management and is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and to build local networks throughout the state.

County Executive Ulman Announces that Ellicott City Has Been Named Main Street Maryland Community

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman today announced that Ellicott City has been designated a Main Street Maryland Community, making it eligible for financial and planning resources from the State of Maryland. The designation was announced by Maryland Department of House and Community Development Acting Secretary Clarence Snuggs during a ceremony at the Howard County Welcome Center.


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: 


Conscious Capitalism Central MD Special Event

2/04/15 5:00 PM Conscious Capitalism Central Maryland Special Event!
We are very excited to be joining forces with the Conscious Venture Lab for an event on
Wednesday, February 4th at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship.

HTC Membership 101

2/06/15 12:00 PM Join the Howard Tech Council for our free HTC Membership 101 Lunch! 

3D Maryland Innovation + Prototyping Lab Demo Day

2/11/15 12:00 PM The second Wednesday of the month from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., we will host an demo day for those who want to learn more about 3D Maryland and the Innovation + Prototyping Lab.

HTC Networking

2/17/15 5:00 PM Enjoy an evening of networking with the Howard County Tech Community. Ticket price includes 2 drinks and appetizers.

Speaker Series: "Digital Marketing - A Deeper Dive"

2/20/15 12:00 PM Where do you start if you want to develop a digital marketing strategy? This month’s Speaker Series features an interactive panel discussion with the area’s best bloggers, marketers, and digital media experts. Moderated by John Sherman, CEO of Storyfarm: we'll show you how to manage complex customer relationships across a variety of channels – both digital and traditional, respond to and initiate dynamic customer interactions, and how to extract value from big data to make better marketing decisions faster. All this information comes from our experienced and talented panel featuring Lisa Ninosky, Director of Marketing for Len the Plumber, Duane Carey, President of Impact Marketing and Public Relations, and Tom Coale, Blogger for HoCo Rising.

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".