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IMPAQ International


“Columbia, a dynamic, diverse and growing city, is the perfect home for diverse and growing companies like IMPAQ International. We are fortunate to have partners in the County government who are actively working to build a culture of entrepreneurship that has allowed IMPAQ and other companies to thrive in Howard County.” Sharon Benus, IMPAQ’s CEO and co-founder.


Their Story:

IMPAQ LogoIMPAQ International, LLC, is a premier research, evaluation and technical assistance firm collaborating with governments, the private sector and the public to tackle important issues and develop policies and programs that improve the lives of millions.

The firm provides clients, from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services, to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development, with impact evaluation studies, applied research, policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and technical assistance - all of which enable IMPAQ’s clients to measure and evaluate the real-life impact of their decisions.

Founded in by Jacob and Sharon Benus in 2001 as a five person firm, the Columbia-based company has seen significant growth over the last decade. Today, IMPAQ employs more than 200 people in its Columbia HQ and Downtown DC office, and has established itself as a nationally recognized social science research firm.

Owing to the fact that a significant number of IMPAQ employees have advanced degrees in areas ranging from economics and public policy, to statistics, business management and information technology, IMPAQ has established itself as a key driver of Howard County and the Baltimore area’s growing knowledge economy.

In 2012 IMPAQ was recognized by the Baltimore Sun as one of the Baltimore area’s Top Places to Work for a second year running. Meanwhile, the firm also recently made its physical mark on Columbia’s skyline when it unveiled new signage with the company’s name and logo on the exterior of its Corporate Headquarters on Little Patuxent Parkway.

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