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Eight Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship Businesses Named Finalists for Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Award


The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is proud to announce that eight Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) resident, affiliate and graduate companies are among the 22 finalists for the 15th Annual Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards (ICOY). The ICOY Awards publicly recognize achievements by current clients and graduates of Maryland incubators and provides a forum for the nominees to increase their visibility in the business, technology and investment communities.

Augmented Reality Startup Visidraft Raises $250,000 to Revolutionize CAD Collaboration


Visidraft, a resident company at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) in Howard County, Maryland recently closed $250,000 in seed funding. Visidraft is an Augmented Reality startup focused on solving communication between clients and contractors in Architecture and Construction.

Seven Locations for 2015 Howard County Farmers’ Markets


The long wait is nearly over for foodies looking forward to buying locally grown fruits and vegetables from area farmers. The 2015 Howard County Farmers’ Market season will begin May 6 and run through November 22.

Two Howard County Companies Named Finalists in the InvestMaryland Challenge


The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development has announced the finalists of the 2015 InvestMaryland Challenge and two companies from Howard County are among the finalists.

Howard County Celebrates 24th Business Appreciation Week


More than 100 businesses will be visited during the week of May 4 as part of Howard County’s annual Business Appreciation Week – a week set aside to directly engage area businesses. The visits will include the full range of businesses from startups to large companies.

Niger Film Crew Visits Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship


The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) had some very special visitors recently. A crew from Radio TV Saraounia of Niamey, Niger in West Africa was in the United States working on a documentary on Youth and Entrepreneurship. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State. The three person crew was at the MCE to learn about the Howard County incubator and the kind of support it provides startup businesses and entrepreneurs.

HCEDA sponsors the 2nd annual Maryland Blue Ocean Challenge


HCEDA was a CEO level sponsor at the 2nd annual Maryland Blue Ocean Challenge held at Centennial High School on March 21st. This is the only student run, innovative business concept competition in the country. Teams from high schools generated innovative ideas for a business concept, created a very simple business plan, and presented it to seasoned entrepreneurs, competing for nearly $2,000.00 in cash prizes.

Annie’s Project Graduates its 2015 Class


The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) and the University of Maryland Extension-Howard County are proud to announce the 2015 graduating class of Annie’s Project. Seven participants completed the eight week program designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and how to build local networks throughout the state.

Howard County earns AAA rating from all three bond rating agencies


Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today announced the County has received an AAA credit rating, the highest possible score, from all three bond ratings agencies. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investor Services and Standard & Poor’s all have recognized the County’s vibrant economy, diverse revenue streams, and strong financial policies and practices. Howard County is one of just 41 counties among more than 3,000 in the U.S. to earn a Triple-A rating from all three agencies.

Howard County's Astrum Solar Plans Expansion, 240 New Jobs


Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) Deputy Secretary Benjamin Wu, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Howard County Economic Development Authority CEO Lawrence F. Twele today joined with executives from Astrum Solar® to announce the company’s expansion and plans to add 240 new jobs over the next three years. A leading residential solar power provider and part of the Direct Energy® family of brands, Astrum Solar will triple its footprint at their Annapolis Junction headquarters and bring its total number of employees to 315 by the end of 2017.