So you have that Big Idea for a new business. But what you need is the right place, the right advice, and the right people to help it take off. We've got your launch pad right here in Howard County.
You've finalized your business plan, turned on the phones, and printed up cards - now what? If you've launched a new business in Howard County, HCEDA has your back from day one forward.
Howard County is strategically located between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Howard County is easily accessible from Baltimore Washington International and given our central location along the Eastern seaboard we are a distance from Richmond, Philadelphia and New York City.
"Buy local" has, over recent years, become part of the pop culture lexicon. But, in reality, it's more than the cool thing to do, buying local makes sense - for consumers who want and should know the source of their food - and for local farmers whose survival is dependent on community support.
The Business Resource Center offers programs and counseling to non-technical, services-based, or early stage companies.
The HTC fuels innovation throughout Howard County and Central Maryland. Become a member now!
Thank you to our Mission Supporters of the Howard Tech Council!
"Tactical Network Solutions would not be the company it is today without the influential connections and assistance of the HTC. Our involvement and membership with the HTC provided introductions to and teaming opportunities with the major prime contractors. As any small business knows, gaining the attention of the major primes is a challenge. HTC made it happen." Terry Dunlap Partner Tactical Network Solutions www.tacnetsol.com
"The new, re-imagined Howard Tech Council really seems to embrace a wider view of serving and connecting its members not just to each other, but to all the resources the County, the State, and the wider tech community has to offer. The interconnectedness with the MCE and a willingness to embrace new ideas and young companies without losing sight of the needs of more established and well-known ones has been a great fit for Firejack as we grow and build relationships and jobs here in Howard County."
Benjamin A. Miller President & CEO Firejack Technologies www.firejack.net
"WOW! - Talk about a good use of time.. whether it's a networking or round table event, HTC is always adding value! Patrick & Julie proactively identify synergistic opportunities & use their connections to make it happen."
Arsham Mirshah Co-founder WebMechanix www.webmechanix.com
"As a direct result of our collaboration with the leadership of the Howard Tech Council and Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, in the last 30 days our company has been introduced to executives and opportunities that have resulted in 1 consulting engagement; 2 pending business agreements awaiting signature; and an invitation to share our expertise with the next generation of leaders currently enrolled in undergraduate college studies in Howard County."
Christopher Bell III, Senior Partner Chris Bell 3rd & Company, LLC www.chrisbell3rd.com
"As an entrepreneur in today's environment, there is no way I can be agile and competitive without the use of technology. Having my business located in an area like Howard County, that embraces and pushes this idea with it's Howard Tech Council, is a necessity for our vision of prosperity, collaboration and innovation."
Matej Harangozo Co-Founder, Chief Innovation OfficergreeNEWitwww.greeNEWit.com
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 of the MCE along with the more than 200 member companies of the Howard Tech Council (HTC) who do not have their own Chief Security or Privacy officer.
Founded around the principles of Engage, Collaborate, Learn, and Lead, the HTC is much more than just networking, it is a place for both you and your business to grow.
HCEDA is the catalyst for economic growth and sustainability in Howard County
Columbia/Ellicott City #8 on "America's Best Places to Live 2012" list.
Howard County was ranked the healthiest county in Maryland
Most Digital County Government – 2011
Best Workplaces for Commuters - 2011
Fast Company ranks Maryland No. 3 on its List of the Most Innovative States
Maryland Ranked No. 4 on Fast Company's Breakdown of the Number of Startups Per Million