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 the Innovation Imperative throughout Howard County and Central Maryland. Learn More or Join Now!
The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to work with many amazing start up organizations, encompassing a wide variety of industries. This diversity of business expertise, combined with the passion and energy of entrepreneurs, is what makes our iCat different from any other incubator in the area.
Below is a complete listing of both the resident companies of the MCE and the companies involved in our affiliate program, along with a description of their services and a link to their website. We encourage you to take a look at what this collection of innovative businesses are accomplishing.
The Howard Tech Council is at the epicenter of the local tech community. Our active and engaged membership base spans a variety of industries, providing members with access to a diverse collection of organizations.
The MCE incubator program, called the Innovation Catalyst (iCat) helps companies accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies.
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