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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.

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: 

Seven Locations for 2015 Howard County Farmers’ Markets

The long wait is nearly over for foodies looking forward to buying locally grown fruits and vegetables from area farmers. The 2015 Howard County Farmers’ Market season will begin May 6 and run through November 22.

Howard County Celebrates 24th Business Appreciation Week

More than 100 businesses will be visited during the week of May 4 as part of Howard County’s annual Business Appreciation Week – a week set aside to directly engage area businesses. The visits will include the full range of businesses from startups to large companies.

Two Howard County Companies Named Finalists in the InvestMaryland Challenge

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development has announced the finalists of the 2015 InvestMaryland Challenge and two companies from Howard County are among the finalists.

Howard County earns AAA rating from all three bond rating agencies

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today announced the County has received an AAA credit rating, the highest possible score, from all three bond ratings agencies. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investor Services and Standard & Poor’s all have recognized the County’s vibrant economy, diverse revenue streams, and strong financial policies and practices. Howard County is one of just 41 counties among more than 3,000 in the U.S. to earn a Triple-A rating from all three agencies.


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/Women in Tech (WIT): A Purse Of Your Own, Control Your Financial Destiny With Technology

4/29/15 8:00 AM A Purse Of Your Own: Control Your Financial Destiny With Technology

HTC HACKIT Roundtable: "What is Threat Intelligence and How Can I Use It?"

4/30/15 4:30 PM There is a growing concern that traditional security products for prevention, detection, and remediation are not able to adequately protect enterprise networks from advanced, targeted threats. This trend is shown by an increasing number of high profile intrusions against retail, entertainment, financial, & high technology sectors. Even security vendors themselves are not immune from compromise.

MCE Quarterly Celebration

5/01/15 3:00 PM This is the first of the MCE's new Quarterly Celebrations which showcase the achievements of the iCat clients each quarter. Catered by Putting the Ritz, this event will recognize the top achievers at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship. You'll have have an opportunity to network with Howard County influencers, iCat residents and affiliates,  and join in the celebration showing why the MCE is the most isuccessful incubator in the state.

HTC Networking

5/19/15 5:00 PM  Enjoy an evening of networking with the Howard County Tech Community. Ticket price includes 2 drinks and appetizers.

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".