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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. 


2014 Business Appreciation Week

Business Appreciation Week is held as a thank you for businesses in Howard County. During our visits we want to know what the County has been doing that has helped your business, and what it could be doing better. We also want to hear about your business and success stories, so that we can learn more about the businesses that call Howard County home!

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: 

Howard County Manufacturing Firm Purchased by Employees

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman today praised the new owners of Elkridge Coating Technologies LLC (ECT) for buying a local business and preserving manufacturing jobs that were headed off shore.

Howard County Unemployment Remains Lowest in State

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman today announced that Howard County’s unemployment rate for February 2014 was 4.2 percent, the lowest in the state and down slightly from January’s 4.3 percent figure.

Howard County Executive Ulman Tours New Home of Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment, Inc., the company that produces Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! in more than 70 countries and on six continents is making a major investment in Howard County. The company has signed a 10 year lease to relocate and consolidate its national distribution facility for consumer products in the Baltimore Washington Industrial Park in Jessup, MD. Sixty employees will move to the new distribution center from existing facilities in Howard County.

Another cyber firm picks Columbia for headquarters

A cyber security company with more than 45 employees across the U.S. has picked Columbia for its headquarters. Jovian Concepts has signed a six-year lease for 3,000 square feet at 6700 Alexander Bell Drive. The office space in Columbia will be the company’s first physical office space. President Richard A. Scheper had been operating the business from his home in Baltimore County.


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.


Featured Event: 

2014 Business Appreciation Week | May 5-9

Business Appreciation Week is held as a thank you for businesses in Howard County. During our visits we want to know what the County has been doing that has helped your business, and what it could be doing better. We also want to hear about your business and success stories, so that we can learn more about the businesses that call Howard County home!


Find out more or sign up.

Upcoming Events: 

3D Maryland Open House and Ribbon Cutting

4/17/14 12:30 PM Please join us for the ribbon cutting of the new 3D Maryland Innovation and Prototyping Lab, on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The festivities will begin at 12:30 pm with the official ribbon cutting for the facility, followed by an open house until 4:00 pm.

Speaker Series: Excuse Me, You are Exposing Yourself… to Undue Risk

4/18/14 12:00 PM Your tech company and your clients are required to comply with regulatory mandates that may expose you to certain risks if you are not in alignment with the authoritative  bodies. Join Ira Hoffman, a Principal in the Cybersecurity, Government Contracts and International Practice Groups at Offit Kurman. Ira is a member of the CyberMaryland Advisory Board, the Governor’s International Advisory Council, and the Board of the Public Contracting Institute. Ira counsels cyber/tech companies, in both government and commercial sectors.

HTC B2G: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How – Your Best Board of Advisors

4/22/14 4:30 PM Stan Krejci of the SK Group will provide guidance during a 90 minute discussion on the many benefits of putting together a Board of Advisors for small contractors, including those who should be on the board and those who shouldn't, experience of Board members, compensation and more.

HTC Membership 101 - May

5/02/14 12:00 PM Join the Howard Tech Council for our free HTC Membership 101 Lunch! 

Speaker Series: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Entrepreneurial Universe

5/09/14 12:00 PM Rob McGovern is a serial entrepreneur building his third company. He has raised $200 Million, gone public in a successful IPO, hired 600 people, delivered $500 Million in shareholder value, and built one of the few huge Internet companies to survive the dotcom bubble. Along the way he has been rejected by more than 80 venture capital firms, and everyone from his closest friends to his mother have told him his ideas won’t work. Rob is going to share his five secrets for building a great company in the entrepreneur’s world of setbacks and rejection.

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".