Government Contracting

What makes Howard County such an attractive location for business? The answer is simple – proximity to customers, partners and Federal Government decision-makers. Located between London and Los Angeles, Howard County is the 4th largest consolidated market in the U.S. It’s proximity to key miilitary installations, federal agencies and leading research and development centers vital to the U.S. government continue to make Howard County a strategic location of choice.

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A strong core of technology-driven companies ranging from information security, software development and system integration to aerospace engineering call Howard County home. CACI, General Dynamics, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Solipsys and SAIC are among the many companies who benefit from a highly skilled labor force and abundant resources.



Howard County Procurement & Contract Administration

The Office of Procurement & Contract Administration maintains approximately 800 annual contracts for the goods, services and capital improvement projects that allow Departments to serve the residents of Howard County.


Maryland Military Installation Council

The Maryland Military Installation Council identifies the public infrastructure, potential impact on local communities, and support needed for State military installation development and expansion. The Council reviews State policies to support military installations and maximize economic benefits to local communities.

eMaryland Marketplace

eMaryland Marketplace (eMM), the State of Maryland’s internet-based procurement system, is a business tool that provides an efficient means to improve vendor’s access to State procurement information.

Office of Minority Business Enterprise

As Maryland’s Official Certification agency, this is your online resource for information regarding certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and/or Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).

Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The PTAC’s mission is to maximize the number of capable U.S. companies participating in the government marketplace by:

  • Providing businesses with an understanding of the requirements of government contracting and the market know-how they need to obtain and successfully perform federal, state, and local government contracts.
  • Supporting government agencies in reaching and working with the suppliers they need.


FEDBIZOPPS – Federal Business Opportunities

Business Resource Guide for Federal Contracting

Advocacy Organizations:

Maryland Marketing Partnership
Maryland Marketing Partnership (MMP) runs the largest-ever advertising effort to brand Maryland as the premier place to do business.

AFCEA Central Maryland
AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter (AFCEA-CMD) is a non-profit membership association dedicated to providing an ethical, interactive forum for sharing knowledge and building relationships across government, military, industry and academia.

Ft. Meade Alliance
Since its inception in 2003, the Fort Meade Alliance’s focus has been to support Fort George G. Meade, its service personnel and their families, the installation’s 95+ government agencies and organizations and the overall Fort Meade regional community.

Technology Organizations:

Howard Tech Council
(410) 313-6550
The Howard Tech Council (HTC) stimulates and ignites innovation within Howard County’s vibrant technology community by providing a platform for engagement, collaboration and education.

Technology Council of Maryland
(240) 243-4026         
500 members promote the growth and quality of the technology and life sciences communities in Maryland and the region by providing outstanding education, advocacy and business networking opportunities.  The Council’s MdBio division serves the Maryland biotechnology community, helping the region’s life sciences organizations to grow.

Maryland Technology Development Corporation
(410) 740-9442   (800) 305-5556       
Brings innovations from Universities and federal labs to Maryland’s economy by facilitating technology transfer to the private sector. The organization also gives emerging technology companies and university researchers vital seed funding and specialized technical assistance.