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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: 

LT. Governor Brown, Howard County Executive Ulman Announce Support for Coastal Companies’ New Headquarters

Today Lt. Governor Anthony Brown joined Howard County Executive Ken Ulman to announce state and county support for a new corporate headquarters in Laurel for The Coastal Companies, a leading Mid Atlantic produce and dairy supplier. Officials also held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new 240,000 square-foot headquarters, which is expected to be complete by early 2016. The new facilities will house the operations of various operating divisions of The Coastal Companies including Coastal Sunbelt Produce, East Coast Fresh, Cold Chain Logistics and Cold Chain Imports as well as The Coastal Companies Foundation. The company plans to create 400 new jobs by 2018.

3D Maryland Launches Workshops and Seminars at Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) today announced that 3D Maryland is launching its first series of instructional classes and hands-on workshops designed to train professionals and non-professionals on the technologies involved in 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

Executive Ulman Helps Break Ground on Major New Project for Downtown Columbia

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman helped break ground today for Little Patuxent Square, a major commercial and residential project that is a key part of the next wave of growth in Downtown Columbia. Being developed by LPP Investors and constructed by Costello Construction of MD, Inc., Little Patuxent Square is the first major commercial building to be constructed in Downtown Columbia in more than a decade. Most of the Class A office space has already been leased, and the project will be built to high efficiency standards.

Senator Mikulski Reviews Howard County Innovation Jobs Efforts During Visit Led by Councilwoman Watson

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski Monday reviewed Howard County’s newest innovation jobs development efforts during a visit to the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship with Howard County Council Vice-Chairperson Courtney Watson.


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: 


MCE Fall Head Shot Day

8/22/14 9:00 AM The MCE, in partnership with local professional photographer and HTC member Mark Gregory, is offering a huge discount for professional headshots.

Speaker Series: "Oh the Humanity!"

8/22/14 12:00 PM Jeffrey Cherry, Executive Director of the Conscious Venture Lab (CVL) at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, will share the tenets of Conscious Capitalism, insight into the CVL program, what Conscious Capitalism means to your business and why you should care.  We'll also hear the first hand experience of a CVL accelerator client and introduce the strategic players behind Howard County's new Conscious Capitalism chapter.

"Imagine This!": 3D Printing Primer Seminar

8/26/14 8:00 AM This seminar is an introduction to the world of 3D printing: what it is, how it works, materials, uses, case studies and more! Seminars are one hour in length with 40 minutes of presentation and 20 minutes for questions and answers. Start with coffee and networking from 8:00 - 8:30, followed by a brief tour of the 3D Maryland lab. The seminar will run from 8:30-9:30AM and finish with another round of networking from 9:30-10:00AM.

3D Maryland Workshop: Design and Print

8/26/14 12:00 PM This hands-on workshop is designed to provide a basic introduction to 3D modeling software through a project-based learning approach. Students will be able to print a simple project they design in class. Workshops run from 12:00 - 1:00PM and are hands-on. The final product is available for purchase for an additional fee. The software used is SolidWorks.

HTC End Of Summer Bash (Join the waitlist below)

8/26/14 5:00 PM Celebrate with the Howard Tech Council at their largest party of the year! Enjoy an evening of festivities on the patio at Clyde’s in Columbia. This event is the HTC’s largest party of year, drawing hundreds of local professionals together for the evening. This event will sell out, so act now!

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".