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2017 Business Appreciation Week

April 24 - 28, 2017

Business of all sizes are invited to take part in the 26th anniversary of Business Appreciation Week. Each year teams of ambassadors comprised of department heads, government officials, community organizations and employees of the Economic Development Authority join the County Executive in visiting businesses and hearing about ways to improve the business community.

As part of his ongoing mission to prioritize economic development in Howard County, County Executive Allan Kittleman has specifically requested feedback directly from business owners about how to continue to improve the business climate. We hope that you take the opportunity to share your stories and experiences by signing up for an appointment.

Register Here


Frequently Asked Questions:


What is Business Appreciation Week

Business Appreciation Week is an initiative of the office of the County Executive in partnership with the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA). During Business Appreciation Week teams of 2-4 ambassadors from the HCEDA, county government, and partnering organizations head out into the community to meet with businesses all across Howard County.

2017 marks the 26th year for business appreciation week, which began in 1991 with County Executive Chuck Ecker. Since that time, our ambassadors have had the opportunity to personally meet with over a 2,000 businesses, finding out firsthand how we can continue to make Howard County great for business. 


What happens during a BAW meeting?

What happens durning the meeting is completely up to you. Some people take the opportunity to talk about a specific issue they are facing, others choose to tell about their successes, and some give tours of their facility or talk about their product. We want you to get the most from your meeting with the ambassadors, so we let you decide what you want to do.

During the meeting our ambassadors are interested in finding out a few pieces of information. They will want to know what the County has been doing that has helped your business, and what it could be doing better. They also want to know if you are having problems with something or need additional assistance with an issue, so that we can help get it to the correct person for review.

They will also be collecting your success stories and business profile, so that we can learn more about the businesses that call Howard County Home and their amazing stories.


Who will I meet with?

Each day we send out teams of ambassadors to meet with local businesses. These ambassadors are from the Economic Development Authority, heads of various departments throughout the county, state representatives, and members of partner business associations.

We do our best to pair our ambassadors and businesses together based on the type of business and any specific issues they have to ensure that you have a great visit.


Where are meetings held?

Meetings are typically held at your place of business. However, if you do not have space to accommodate the team of 2-4 ambassadors plus any staff you would like to bring, we can provide you with meeting space at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship or the Howard County Economic Development Authority.

If you would like to request the use of one of our spaces, please call Brian Sheavly at 410-313-0721 to confirm its availability.


How do I register?

Scheduling a meeting is very easy.

  1. Click on the link below to go to our Eventbrite registration page
  2. Review the available days and times
  3. Select a date and time by clicking the dropdown to the right
  4. Press register at the bottom of the list
  5. Complete the information about your organization and press submit.
  6. You will receive a confirmation email, and we will contact you closer to the event to confirm your appointment.

Register Here: howardbaw2017.eventbrite.com


Is there a cost?

Absolutely not. BAW is our time to thank you; the only cost to you is the time out of your day to meet with our ambassadors.


It’s Time to Get Social: Join the Conversation Online

This year we are encouraging businesses to get active through social media and share what makes this county great for business. Just because we have a limited number of visits doesn’t mean that we don’t want to hear all of your success stories and reasons for being here! So get online and share your story using #HoCoBAW.
Make sure that you follow @HCEDA to keep up with the events of Business Appreciation Week and the news from around the county.


I Still Have a Question

No worries, just give us a call at 410-313-6500 or email us at bsheavly@hceda.org and we will be happy to talk to you about any questions you may still have.