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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.

Howard County Local Business Initiative

“The local business initiative promotes the growth and success of local businesses and increases the percentage of county procurement dollars flowing to local businesses.” - Allan H. Kittleman, Howard County Executive.

Unique Assets Podcast

Recorded in the Columbia The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) we are proud to present the all new podcast Unique Assets! The series will focus on the launch of new companies, the growth of existing companies, and the building of business culture involving resident and affiliate companies of the MCE.

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: 

MCE Affiliate to Support the Howard County Hops & Harvest Festival

Columbia, MD’s latest festival is getting support form one of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship’s (MCE) own members. eSPSmart, an affiliate of the MCE, is providing volunteer management and recruitment services to the Howard County Hops and Harvest Festival’s inaugural event, happening at the Lakefront in Columbia on October 8th.

HCEDA Issues Cyber Startup Bricata $250K VLT Loan

The Howard County Economic Development Authority announced today that they have issued Howard County based cyber startup Bricata a $250K loan through their Catalyst Loan Fund.

Howard County Economic Development Authority Awarded $3M in VLT Funding

The Howard County Economic Development Authority announced today that they have been awarded $3M in Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Funding to be issued as small business loans across the state over the next two years.

Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship Launches New Podcast Series

The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE), an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), has announced the launch of an 14 part podcast series focused on entrepreneurship and business.

Events

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

10/07/16 12:00 PM Join the Howard Tech Council for our free HTC Membership 101 Lunch! 

HCEDA's International Business Roundtable: Doing Business With Brazil

10/26/16 8:30 AM Join us for an International Business Roundtable focused on doing business with Brazil!

October HACKIT Roundtable: Tales from the Crypto

10/27/16 4:30 PM Join the HTC HACKIT group for real life frights from the world of cyber security. We will have a ghoulishly good time as we scare the candy corn out of you.

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.

Demographics

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

Maps

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.

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".