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Ginette Serrero, CEO A&G Pharma

"For a growing biotech company, Howard County is strategically located near government scientific and regulatory agencies, a major airport, and top-notch academic institutions that provide a pool of talented researchers." (Photo by David Hobby)

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Welcome to Howard County

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is a public-private partnership whose primary goal is to promote economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, targeting new businesses and attracting corporate and regional headquarters. 


Doing Business Here

Howard County boasts a thriving and vibrant economy, which makes it the first choice for smart businesses looking to start or expand in the Mid-Atlantic. Add in its central location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and you have a real win-win. Howard County also offers more than 70-million square feet of commercial space, providing businesses with the perfect location to do business.

Living Here

Howard County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment.

What's Hot

We're all about business growth in Howard County - and with so much going on, it shows! Here's what's happening now: 

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman Announces Major Federal Funding for Accelerator for the Commercialization of Technology

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman today announced that the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is one of 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Howard County Home to Some of the Nation’s Fastest Growing Businesses

Howard County businesses are well represented in Inc. Magazine’s latest list of the nation’s 5,000 fastest growing companies. The annual rankings report is based on the three year growth rate of these businesses from 2010 through 2013. 121 companies in Maryland made the prestigious list. 22 of those businesses are located in Howard County communities from Savage to Ellicott City and Columbia.

LT. Governor Brown, Howard County Executive Ulman Announce Support for Coastal Companies’ New Headquarters

Today Lt. Governor Anthony Brown joined Howard County Executive Ken Ulman to announce state and county support for a new corporate headquarters in Laurel for The Coastal Companies, a leading Mid Atlantic produce and dairy supplier. Officials also held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new 240,000 square-foot headquarters, which is expected to be complete by early 2016. The new facilities will house the operations of various operating divisions of The Coastal Companies including Coastal Sunbelt Produce, East Coast Fresh, Cold Chain Logistics and Cold Chain Imports as well as The Coastal Companies Foundation. The company plans to create 400 new jobs by 2018.

3D Maryland Launches Workshops and Seminars at Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) today announced that 3D Maryland is launching its first series of instructional classes and hands-on workshops designed to train professionals and non-professionals on the technologies involved in 3D printing and additive manufacturing.


The HCEDA sponsors and collaborates in great events throughout the year - speaker's series, networking meetups, conferences and awards ceremonies. Get in on the action, sign up and get involved or view community Events.

Upcoming Events: 


HTC Networking - September at Union Jacks Pub

9/23/14 5:00 PM Enjoy an evening of networking with the Howard County Tech Community. Ticket price includes 2 drinks and appetizers.

The Bus Stops Here: Start Up Maryland Visits the MCE!

9/30/14 9:00 AM The Pitch Across Maryland tour is a celebration and series of promotional rallies (Tour Stops) throughout the region.

HCEDA Annual Celebration

10/02/14 6:00 PM

3D Maryland Innovation + Prototyping Lab Demo Day

10/08/14 12:00 PM The second Wednesday of the month from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., we will host an demo day for those who want to learn more about 3D Maryland and the Innovation + Prototyping Lab

Stats, Maps, and Lists

Everything you need to know about Howard County at your fingertips.

Business Lists

Howard County is home to thousands of businesses of all sizes -- from corporate headquarters -- to businesses where the dining room table serves as the desk and conference table. Some examples of reports and lists available:

  • Major Employers
  • New and Expanding
  • Industry Lists...and more


Howard County is one of Maryland's fastest-growing regions, increasing its population by 34 percent over the past decade.


Links to website where you can find informative maps and data.

Economic Indicators

Review the most currently available economic indicators for Howard County and surrounding areas.

Success Stories

For every new business in Howard County, there's a success story behind it.


Over the last three years, we developed a very sophisticated video engagement and collaboration platform that is cloud and mobile-based.

Shea Radiance

The Alabis founded Shea Radiance after they started using pure, unrefined shea butter to develop skincare for their children. Long familiar with the legendary power of shea, the Alabis concocted a product that was the only solution for their son's severely dry skin and eczema.

A&G Pharmaceutical

A&G Pharmaceutical is focused on the development & commercialization of innovative personalized medicine products to diagnose and treat life threatening human cancers. A&G is developing a tissue and blood test kits that will improve early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer based on the biomarker "GP88/PGRN".