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Programs and Services

County Executive Ken Ulman Speaking at the CEO Breakfast

Whether you're looking for a short course on social media marketing, insight on breaking into new markets, or updates on the latest trends in real estate development, HCEDA provides programs and services to connect you with the resources growing companies need.


Specific programs offered are described in details in the tabs below and include:

  • Growth Acceleration Program (GAP): Consulting, training, and services for small businesses looking to grow.
  • CoRE Events: Topics of interest to Howard County's commercial real estate community.
  • CEO Breakfast: Provides an opportunity for CEO's to connect with the County Executive and HCEDA team around timely topics of interest to the business communuity.
  • Business Appreciation Week: A team of ambassadors visit over 100 local companies to listen to their concerns and to thank them for choosing Howard County as their home.

Additionally, the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship offers specific programs for early-stage companies, including facilities and mentoring for technology-based companies through the iCat program. 

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Check out events currently scheduled and if you don't see what you need, contact us with your specific needs.

Growth Acceleration Program

Helping bridge the GAP to your next level of success...

It has been documented that 80-90% of net new jobs are created by small businesses. We get this, and embrace the need to support exisiting small businesses to help get you to your next level of success.

To do this, the HCEDA is adopting an entrepreneurial approach to business growth, leveraging partnerships, expertise and resources. In addition to our core small-business-development assistance such as business-plan development and review, we are continuously building our programs to help growth-oriented companies with strategic issues like scaling, finding new markets, refining business models and developing advisory boards.

Additionally, working with the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) and other partner organizations, HCEDA offers training programs including technical and business development assistance, training, workshops, and counseling. Sample topics include:

  • Employee Compensation Strategies
  • Strategic Planning Tools
  • Social Media Bootcamp
  • Forming Your Board of Advisors
  • Developing World-Class Marketing Strategies

Don't see what you need? Sign up for our newsletter as we are adding more programs daily or contact us with your specific needs.

Commercial Real Estate (CoRE) Events

Several times a year the HCEDA hosts events on topics that are important to the commercial real estate sector. A mixture of discussions, briefings, and expert panels is intended to not only bring the community together but provide actionable information and connections.  CORE Breakfast

Recent topics have included:

  • General plan / land use
  • The Rezoning process
  • Howard County Commercial Real Estate Outlook
  • Rt. 1 Corridor Study

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive information about future CoRE events.

In addition, the HCEDA business development team frequently tours buildings and sites to become familiar with local real estate properties so we can help our business clients connect around their real estate needs. If you would like to invite the team to tour your project, please contact us.


CEO Breakfasts

Each quarter, the County Executive invites local CEO's for a roundtable discussion. The purpose is to highlight projects that are vital for local businesses, but more importantly, to discuss issues on the minds of our local executives.

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Sample topics have included:

  • Workforce training
  • Health care
  • Update on the Inter-County Connector Broadband project
  • Briefing on the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and related programs

Have a topic you would like to see addressed? Contact us with your suggestions or to receive notifications about the next CEO Breakfast. 

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