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Business Lists

Howard County is home to thousands of businesses of all sizes, from corporate headquarters to start-ups where the dining room table serves as the desk and conference table. When we say that we are here to help businesses start, grow and relocate, we mean it.


Major Employers

Rank  Company Name Employees Line of Business Primary Industry
1 Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 5,000 R&D systems engineering Professional services
2 Lorien Health Systems 2,000 Nursing care

Health care

3 Howard County General Hospital 1,777 Medical services Health care
2 Verizon 1,700 Telecommunications Information
5 Howard Community College 1,294 Higher education Educational services
6 SAIC 1,060 Engineering services Professional services
7 Giant Food 1,050 Groceries  Retail trade
8 Columbia Association, The 900 Nonprofit civic organization Other services
9 Wells Fargo  842 Securities administration Finance and insurance
10 MICROS Systems 815  HQ / software development Professional services
11 Coastal Sunbelt Produce 800 Produce processing Manufacturing
12 Neilson 767 Media information Professional services
13 Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream  735 Frozen desserts Manufacturing
14 Wegmans Food Markets 700 Groceries Retail trade
15 Maxim Healthcare Services 675 Medical staffing & wellness services Administrative services
16 Sysco Food Services 650 Food Products Distribution

Wholesale trade

17 Northrop Grumman 525 Engineering services Professional services
18 Ascend One 511 HQ / consumer debt management counseling Finance and insurance
19 Enterprise Community Partners 505 HQ / community development Other services
20 Target 500 Consumer goods Retail trade
21 W. R. Grace & Co. 500 HQ / chemical R&D Professional services
22 Walmart 500 Consumer goods Retail trade
23 Humanim 458 Care & services for persons with disabilities Health care
24 McDonald's 450 Restaurants Accommodation and food services
25 C.A. Lindman 400 Structural restoration Construction
26 Home Depot 400 Home improvement products Retail trade
27 Merkle 400 Database marketing Professional services
  Quality Software Services (QSSI) 400 Solutions Provider IT
28 Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center 380 Golf resort, conference center & spa Arts, entertainment and recreation
29 Magellan Health Services 375 Behavioral health care management Health care
30 NeighborCare 350 Pharmacy services / delivering medical supplies & equipment Wholesale trade
31 Safeway 350 Groceries Retail trade
32 Carmax 340 Used car dealers Retail trade
33 Honeywell Technology Solutions 325 Aerospace technical services Professional services
34 Motorola 325 Telecommunications Information
35 Republic National Distributing Company 320 Beverage Wholesaler Distribution
36 Baltimore Washington Auto Exchange 308 Motor vehicle auction  Wholesale trade
37 Class Produce Group 301 Produce processing Manufacturing
38 Sandy Spring Bank 300 Banking Professional services
39 Sourcefire 300 Network Secutity/ Information Management Software/IT

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Note: Excludes post offices, state and local governments; includes public higher education institutions.

Doing Business Here

Howard County boasts a thriving and vibrant economy, which makes it the first choice for smart businesses looking to start or expand in the Mid-Atlantic. Add in its central location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and you have a real win-win. Howard County also offers more than 70-million square feet of commercial space, providing businesses with the perfect location to do business.

Living Here

Howard County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment.