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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: 

Howard County Farmers’ Markets Set to Return in May

Howard County is welcoming the summer with the return of its local farmers’ markets. Starting in early May, the county will be hosting farmers’ markets at five different locations, four days a week. Residents and outsiders alike can buy delicious produce, meats, baked-goods and cuisine made right here in Howard County.

Howard County EDA to Receive Inaugural MEDA Transformative Excellence Award

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) has awarded the Howard County Economic Development Authority its inaugural Transformative Excellence Award for its response to the Ellicott City flood.

Enveil Takes Second Place at RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Competition

Howard County cyber-security startup firm Enveil placed second in this year’s RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Competition on February 13, 2017.

Executive Kittleman announces FY 2018 capital budget initiatives to advance Gateway Innovation District and community services consolidation

County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today announced two important projects to be included in his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget, which will be presented to the County Council tomorrow.

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: 

 

HTC Networking at La Palapa Grill and Cantina!

5/16/17 5:00 PM Come kick off the start of summer and Cinco De Mayo with an evening of networking with the Howard Tech Council community! Ticket prices include 2 drinks and appetizers.

Partners in Prime

5/31/17 4:00 PM Nobody and no company "goes it alone" in the realm of government contracting; we all need to collaborate with suppliers, business partners, government agencies, prime contractors, banks, media and more. Partnering is part art (selecting outside service providers) and part science (sub-contracting in GovCon). Partnering comes in a variety of forms and it takes many different skills if you are going to do it well.

Howard Tech Council Membership

6/01/17 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

6/01/17 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

6/02/17 12:00 PM Join the Howard Tech Council for our free HTC Membership 101 Lunch! 

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".