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Start a Business

"Howard County was our choice to start our business because of the great support provided by the HCEDA and the MCE."      
- Paul Capriolo, CEO Social Growth Technologies

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. At HCEDA, we're known for getting new, forward-thinking companies like yours up and running with the smarts to succeed. 

How? To start, HCEDA has the resources and team to help you cover all of the basics: 

  • Drafting a solid business plan
  • Choosing the best legal structure for your business
  • Finding the perfect business location. 

And we don't stop there. HCEDA can call on some very powerful connections to give your new business even more momentum such as the Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center, SCORE and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

Light to Cash
Turn ideas into profits

In short, we'll do whatever it takes to get your business off the ground and in the air. That's a promise.

Step By Step

Let's get your business started! This step-by-step guide will show you how.

See the steps involved in starting a business »

Licensing & Permits

Certain businesses and specific activities may require a license and/or permit. Find out if your business needs a special permit to operate.

Learn about the licenses and permits needed »

Success Stories

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