Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs need a place to call home, a community to grow in, and resources to take their business to the next level.  Whether you are looking to become a resident company with an office or take advantage of our facilities and services through an affiliation membership, we can connect you with the resources you need to start and grow.

Not sure whether you are ready to start your business? The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship offers a business resource center to support businesses of all types across the county. Included in this center are the Small Business Development Center as well as SCORE Councilors.

Our Approach

The approach taken by the MCE staff and extended team of advisors and mentors goes far beyond that of just a landlord. Our passion is helping you reach your entrepreneurial business goals and we take our commitment to your success seriously.

First, the tenure of companies in our facility is designed to be long enough for them to become “sustainable” – meaning having sufficiently consistent revenues required to enter into a standard commercial lease. For most companies, that usually requires an incubation period of 2-4 years.

Once accepted into the program, our team of advisors (staff and Entrepreneurs in Residents) meet with companies to determine what sustainable means for them and works backwards from that to develop milestones needed to reach that goal. Once milestones are established, the team works together to determine the resources needed to reach each milestone. Sample resources might include:

  • Funding
  • Personnel
  • Industry expertise and introductions
  • Partnerships

Once the plan is set, the team meets formally twice a year (minimum) but informally as often as necessary to keep the company moving forward and accessing the resources they need to be successful.

Our New Home

The MCE is very excited to have relocated to the new Howard County Innovation Center @ Howard County located at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. The new center is twice the size of the former facility and offers new support opportunities for even more companies.

With an abundance of common space and engaged entrepreneurs, the energy is always a-buzz.

Some highlights include:

  • Office space with flexible sizes and lease terms to accommodate your growth.
  • Six conference rooms, four with presentation media capability.
  • Mail room with private mailboxes, copier, and binding equipment.
  • The Innovation Cafe, with comfortable seating, gourmet coffee, and free wi-fi (coming soon).
  • Huddle spaces, phone booths, drop-in meeting rooms, and lounge areas.

6751 Colubia Gateway Dr,
Columbia, Maryland 21045
Main Phone: (410) 313-6550

You can learn more about the center on the Innovation Centers website www.hocoinnovationcenter.com.