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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.

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 Economic Development Authority Launches Ignite Howard County

The Howard County Economic Development Authority is proud to announce the first Ignite Howard County event scheduled for April 13, 2015. The inaugural event will take place at Jailbreak Brewing Company in Laurel, Maryland.

Epitaxial Technologies Poised for Growth in Howard County

Howard County Economic Development Authority today announced a $250,000 Catalyst Loan for Epitaxial Technologies, LLC. The three year loan will be used to expand the company’s operations and support the development of Epitaxial’s optical sensor technology.

3D Maryland Launches Engineer-in-Residence Program for Innovation + Prototyping Lab

Howard County Economic Development Authority today announced the appointment of Sharon Brackett, CEO/President Tiresias Technologies as Engineer-in-Residence at the 3D Maryland Innovation + Prototyping Lab in Columbia, MD.

Howard County Business Accelerator Announces New Line Up of Companies

Conscious Venture Lab (CVLab) the Accelerator of the David B. Wolfe Institute for Conscious Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), today announced the selection of its second cohort of companies for the curriculum and mentor-driven accelerator program.


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: 


3D Maryland's Open Lab Night

3/06/15 6:00 PM We are launching Friday Night Open Lab Nights beginning with two Open Labs on Friday 20 February and 6 March, 6-9 PM. The 3D Maryland Innovation + Prototyping Lab will be open for people to casually drop by and learn more about hardware, software, swap tips, do demos, and talk turkey. Please register on the Eventbrite site.

Thought Leaders: Sci-Fi/Sci-Fact: Research Today + the Direct Digital Manufacturing Revolution

3/09/15 5:30 PM

Engineers and designers are bound by traditional manufacturing constraints, limiting innovation in manufacturing. Additive manufacturing processes make possible new physical geometries for specific applications and conditions including 3D printed electronics. The synthesis of materials to software to hardware that additive manufacturing technologies have exploded in recent years prove the “optimal design” concept leading to 3D printed electronics, integrated systems, and additive manufacturing on the molecular scale. Breakthroughs require a challenge to industrial-era thinking, thinking organically in three dimensions rather than layer-by-layer. 

3D Maryland Innovation + Prototyping Lab Demo Day

3/11/15 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.

Introduction to 3D Desktop Printing

3/16/15 6:30 PM This workshop will introduce users to 3D Desktop Printing for those who want a clear understanding of the technology, available products, and the process of design and printing of 3D objects. Topics such as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Stereolithography (SLA) will be covered. The tool chain from idea to print will be explained. The only prerequisite for the class is having a healthy curiosity about 3D printing.

HTC Networking- Celebrating St. Patrick Wynn's Day

3/17/15 5:00 PM

Come out and network with the Howard Tech Council and help us celebrate St.Patrick (Wynn's) Birthday! Ticket price includes 2 drinks, appetizers & cake.

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".