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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: 

VitusVet Reaches 25 Million Pet Medical Records Shared

VitusVet, a veterinary technology company founded in 2013 by emergency veterinarian Dr. Mark Olcott and business school classmate Kalpesh Raval, is excited to announce that more than 25 million pet medical records are currently being shared with pet owners through VitusVet’s cloud-based system.

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.

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: 

 

HCEDA Agriculture presents Food Safety and Group Gap Forum

12/07/16 10:00 AM Join us for a Food Safety and Group Gap Forum at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship. With a focus on the Food Safety Modernization Act, hear from speakers on the latest in farm safety and learn about new tech trends available to help your daily farm safety operations. Lunch will be provided. Speakers and agenda to follow.

HTC Health Tech Innovators of Central Maryland

12/08/16 8:00 AM Join us on Thursday, December 8, 2016 for the next HTC Health Tech Innovators Affinity Group meeting; we’ll be exploring the topic of how innovation can improve healthcare outcomes and reduce disparities for everyone. Our keynote speaker is Neil Carpenter, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Research at LifeBridge Health and we’ll have two presentations; first, BioFactura, a biopharmaceutical development company, followed by Tissue Analytics, a company that is bringing wound care into the 21st century.

HTC's Ho Ho Howard Holiday Party!

12/20/16 5:00 PM Join us for an evening full of holiday cheer at the Howard Tech Council’s 2016 Ho Ho Howard Holiday Party! Come enjoy a cocktail and a taste of the season as we celebrate the end of a successful year and the start of 2017!

HoCo Ciso Help Desk

1/05/17 10:00 AM

The Chief Information Security Officer In-Residence program known as “HOCO CISO” is based at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE). This first of its kind program is designed to address the needs of residents and affiliates of the MCE along with the more than 240 member companies of the Howard Tech Council (HTC) who do not have their own Chief Security or Privacy officer.

HoCo Ciso Help Desk

2/02/17 10:00 AM

The Chief Information Security Officer In-Residence program known as “HOCO CISO” is based at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE). This first of its kind program is designed to address the needs of residents and affiliates of the MCE along with the more than 240 member companies of the Howard Tech Council (HTC) who do not have their own Chief Security or Privacy officer.

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".