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.
This is a dynamic time to diversify your farm, or add additional products, if it works for you. The demand for locally grown products and the movement to know the source of your food makes it a perfect time to grow and harvest different products, or begin producing products or offering services onsite.
The MCE incubator program, called the Innovation Catalyst (iCat) helps companies accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies.
There are many ways that you can support the EDA and its mission. Learn more about becoming a Supporter, Sponsor, or Mentor.
Know the saying, "A high tide raises all ships?" In the case of Howard County’s growing business community, nothing could be truer. Our vibrant business environment directly supports companies of all kinds, while ensuring a quality of life that’s one of the best in the nation. The leadership of Howard County’s governmental and business community is committed to maintaining this momentum through our Economic Development Authority. In an era of global, national and regional competition, such support is essential in maintaining Howard County’s leadership.
The HCEDA hosts and co-hosts many events in Howard County, including events at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and the Howard Tech Council.
The mission of the Howard County Economic Development Authority is to promote economic growth and stability in Howard County.
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