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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, MD

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.

Howard County Local Business Initiative

“The local business initiative promotes the growth and success of local businesses and increases the percentage of county procurement dollars flowing to local businesses.” - Allan H. Kittleman, Howard County Executive.

Unique Assets Podcast

Recorded in the Columbia The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) we are proud to present the all new podcast Unique Assets! The series will focus on the launch of new companies, the growth of existing companies, and the building of business culture involving resident and affiliate companies of the MCE.

Farmers Markets

Howard County offers farmers markets five days a week throughout the county, meaning that farm fresh produce is much closer then you think.

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: 

Millworks Business Resource Center and Coworking Space Opens in Ellicott City

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) cut the ribbon and opened the door on Millworks, a new business resource center and coworking space on Main Street Ellicott City, named after the towns legacy as a mill town.

Howard Tech Council Director to Attend White House Future of Tech Summit

The Howard Tech Council (HTC) Director, Tracy Turner, will be in attendance for the White House’s The Future of Tech Summit on December 21st as part of their commitment to the Presidents TechHire initiative.

VitusVet Reaches 25 Million Pet Medical Records Shared

VitusVet, a veterinary technology company founded in 2013 by emergency veterinarian Dr. Mark Olcott and business school classmate Kalpesh Raval, is excited to announce that more than 25 million pet medical records are currently being shared with pet owners through VitusVet’s cloud-based system.

MCE Affiliate to Support the Howard County Hops & Harvest Festival

Columbia, MD’s latest festival is getting support form one of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship’s (MCE) own members. eSPSmart, an affiliate of the MCE, is providing volunteer management and recruitment services to the Howard County Hops and Harvest Festival’s inaugural event, happening at the Lakefront in Columbia on October 8th.

Events

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: 

 

Expanding Your Reach: Social Media Marketing in 2017!

1/26/17 3:30 PM You want to. You need to. But…how do you get started or take the next step to promote your business on social media in 2017? Come join the Howard Tech Council and our panel of experts to find out! Get tips and best practices for finding the right social media channels, voice, and visuals to connect your business to your customer community. 

Howard Tech Council Membership

2/01/17 12:30 AM This page will ask you to please choose a date to attend, please choose the first line which will be the first of the upcoming month to start your membership.

HoCo Ciso Help Desk

2/02/17 10:00 AM

The Chief Information Security Officer In-Residence program known as “HOCO CISO” is based at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE). This first of its kind program is designed to address the needs of residents and affiliates of the MCE along with the more than 240 member companies of the Howard Tech Council (HTC) who do not have their own Chief Security or Privacy officer.

HTC Membership 101

2/03/17 12:00 PM Join the Howard Tech Council for our free HTC Membership 101 Lunch! 

Reigniting C3MD in 2017

2/08/17 4:00 PM

Reigniting C3MD in 2017!
Feb 8, 2017
4:00 pm-5:30 pm
MCE Gold Room (Bendix Road, Columbia)

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.

Demographics

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

Maps

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.

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".