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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. 


Daylighting to International Business Series

Whether you are new to the international arena or are expanding your international business, these discussions are meant to lighten the path to doing business globally.

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.

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: 

Howard County Pet Healthcare App Receives $1 Million Investment

The Columbia based pet healthcare company VitusVet has announced a $1 million investment in their business to help with the nationwide expansion of service for their online and mobile app.

Sharks Bite for Howard County Produce Business

Howard County’s very own Hungry Harvest, a local produce company dedicated to ending food waste and hunger, has become the latest company to receive an investment on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank.

HCEDA Hires New Controller

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) has announced the hire of Paul German for the position of Controller. In this position he will be involved with hands-on financial accounting and reporting matters, compliance issues as well as collaborating with other senior management on strategic issues.

HCEDA Announces New Executive Director of Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) announced the hire of Peter Ettinger as the new Executive Director of their award winning business incubator, The Maryland Center For Entrepreneurship (MCE).


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: 


Grapes, Gigs & Bytes: HTC Wine Tasting Night

2/16/16 5:30 PM Join us for HTC’s Members Only networking event - Grapes, Gigs & Bytes!

Conscious Capitalism- Purposeful Pints

2/18/16 5:00 PM We are excited to be holding February’s Purposeful Pints at Mobern Lighting. Come join us and celebrate one of Central Maryland’s conscious companies, mingle with other’s who resonate with our movement and see first hand how Conscious Capitalism impacts a business. Tours of Mobern Lighting facility will be be offered as well.

Daylighting to International Business Series: Session II

2/23/16 8:00 AM Session II – Challenges in Exporting: Is there a solution? - Whether you are new to the international arena or are expanding your international business, these discussions are meant to lighten the path to doing business globally. In session II you will hear about trade finance, risk mitigation and creative uses of loan proceeds under export loan guarantee programs to boost export opportunities. You will also learn about the uses of SBA's export loan guarantee programs to finance a company's entire export business plan, from making overseas trips to financing equipment and real estate.  (

Conscious Capitalism of Central Maryland Membership

3/01/16 12:00 PM We believe that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. Free enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had. But we can aspire to even more.

Conscious Capitalism Signature Event- "The Competitive Advantage of Conscious Capitalism"

3/10/16 5:30 PM

Join us for cocktails and a sit down dinner  while learning the profound competitive advantage the Conscious Capitalism principles offer to your business. David Lynn, Senior Partner at LeadFirst will be our speaker. David Lynn is a highly engaging speaker who will provide insights into what your business can do to fully take advantage of the tenants of Conscious Capitalism to grow your business. It promises to be a powerful evening of insight, connection and good eating!

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.


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".