Business Lists

Howard County is home to over 9,900 businesses of all sizes, from corporate headquarters to start-ups. When we say that we are here to help businesses start, grow and relocate, we mean it.

Howard County Largest Private Employers (2018)


Company Name


Line of Business

1 Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 7,000 R&D systems engineering
2 Howard County General Hospital 1,765 Nursing care
3 Verizon 1,700 Medical services
2 Lorien Health Systems 1,190 Telecommunications
5 Coastal Sunbelt Produce 1,050 Food products distribution
6 Wells Fargo 807 Financial services
7 Nestle Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream 735 Frozen desserts
8  Sysco Food Services 680 Food products distribution
9 Maxim Healthcare Services 675 HQ/Medical staffing/Wellness
10 Oracle 650  Software development
11 Enterprise Community Partners 505 HQ/Community development
12 W.R. Grace & Co 500 HQ/Chemical R&D
13 Humanim 475  Services for people with disabilities
14 Leidos 450 Engineering Services/Cyber
15 Tenable Network Security 415 Software development/Cyber

Note: Excludes post offices, state and local governments; includes public higher education institutions.

Source: HCEDA Research

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