So you have that Big Idea for a new business. But what you need is the right place, the right advice, and the right people to help it take off. We've got your launch pad right here in Howard County.
You've finalized your business plan, turned on the phones, and printed up cards - now what? If you've launched a new business in Howard County, HCEDA has your back from day one forward.
Howard County is strategically located between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Howard County is easily accessible from Baltimore Washington International and given our central location along the Eastern seaboard we are a distance from Richmond, Philadelphia and New York City.
"Buy local" has, over recent years, become part of the pop culture lexicon. But, in reality, it's more than the cool thing to do, buying local makes sense - for consumers who want and should know the source of their food - and for local farmers whose survival is dependent on community support.
The MCE incubator program, called the Innovation Catalyst (iCat) helps companies accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies.
"Howard County is a richly diverse community in terms of demographics that offers great opportunities to businesses, both large and small." (Photo by David Hobby)
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HCEDA is the catalyst for economic growth and sustainability in Howard County
Columbia/Ellicott City #8 on "America's Best Places to Live 2012" list.
Howard County was ranked the healthiest county in Maryland
Most Digital County Government – 2011
Best Workplaces for Commuters - 2011
Fast Company ranks Maryland No. 3 on its List of the Most Innovative States
Maryland Ranked No. 4 on Fast Company's Breakdown of the Number of Startups Per Million
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.
We're all about business growth in Howard County - and with so much going on, it shows! Here's what's happening now:
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! View Community Events here.
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For every new business in Howard County, there's a success story behind it.
3D Maryland is an initiative of the HCEDA and the MCE. Funded through a grant from Howard County, it is designed to help build and maintain connections among producers, while fostering innovation in the 3D printing and rapid prototyping industries.
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The mission of Conscious Venture Lab is to foster companies and leaders who embrace the power of capitalism as a force for good in society.
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The Accelerator for the Commercialization of Technology is a ground-breaking partnership between local research institutions and the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) in Howard County.
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