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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: 

Executive Ulman Leads “Wall Breaking” at Columbia Flier Building; Future Home of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman today led other county officials and business leaders in a ceremonial “wall breaking” at the iconic Columbia Flier building. The event marks the start of renovations that will transform the property into the future home of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE).

Executive Ulman and Council Chairman Ball Announce Reimagined Future for Long Reach Village Center

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and Howard County Council Chairperson Calvin Ball today celebrated the launch of efforts to improve and redevelop the Long Reach Village Center and announced future plans.

Executive Ulman Applauds Time Inc. / Money Magazine Ranking for Columbia/Ellicott City

Columbia and Ellicott City have again claimed a Top 10 spot on Time Inc. / Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live,” and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman today said the quality of life that led to the ranking should be a source of pride for the entire community.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman Announces Major Federal Funding for Accelerator for the Commercialization of Technology

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman today announced that the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is one of 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.


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 Membership 101 - November

11/07/14 12:00 PM Join the Howard Tech Council for our free HTC Membership 101 Lunch! 

HTC Networking - November at Union Jacks Pub

11/18/14 5:00 PM Enjoy an evening of networking with the Howard County Tech Community. Ticket price includes 2 drinks and appetizers.

Thought Leaders: 3D Printing Around the World and Beyond: In Search of Innovation

11/18/14 6:00 PM 3D Maryland is launching “Thought Leaders” – a 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing speaker series designed to educate and inform high level audiences about the direction and impact of these technologies in order to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

3D Maryland Innovation + Prototyping Lab Demo Day

11/19/14 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

3D Maryland Innovators User Group

11/19/14 5:00 PM Want to know more about 3D printing? Want to network with other folks interested in or using 3D printing? Want to be a part of building Maryland into a hub for 3D printing?

Join us for the 3D Maryland Innovators User Group evening at the ETC in Baltimore. This user group is for everyone and anyone interested in 3D printing and additive manufacturing- knowledgeable experts, novices, investors, entrepreneurs, techies, designers, engineers, everyone!

The Innovators User Group features short presentations on hardware, software, product development, platforms, and networking. This is the place to build connections in Maryland’s rapid tech ecosystem, the place to find people to work with, as we build Maryland into a hub for 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
Stay tuned for a complete list of presenters and topics!

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".