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 offers farmers markets five days a week throughout the county. Farm fresh produce is much closer then you think.
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.
Examples of Farm Diversification Ideas include:
To do this you must make sure that you have all the tools necessary to grow your farming operation. If you don't find all the answers here, feel free to email Kathy Zimmerman to learn more about the the diversification process.
A resource to find out more information on State, Regional, and National loans and grants for farms.
Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. Diversifying your farm's production is a great way to grow your business - and meet increasing consumer demand for fresh foods.
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