Howard County Economic Development Authority: A Catalyst for Excellence

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) can help your business launch, grow and stay in Howard County. Our hands on approach and knowledgeable staff can help you work through challenges and level up.

Fostering Business Growth and Quality of Life in Howard County

HCEDA is a public-private partnership fostering economic growth and sustainability in Howard County by providing business owners and entrepreneurs with a broad portfolio of products and services. We’re nurturing success by expanding the County’s minority businesses, agricultural base and foreign direct investment. We’re fostering expansion by helping businesses find office space, resources and talent.

Unleashing Innovation Through Howard County Economic Development

HCEDA is at the forefront of innovation, educating and empowering entrepreneurs, expanding Howard County’s technology industries and driving cutting-edge commercial development. 

Fueling Howard County Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Our locally funded, customizable loans are financing start-ups and expanding businesses. Our Catalyst Fund provides loans for working capital, equipment, real estate, franchise fees, inventory purchases and more while our LIFT Fund provides microloans ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to small businesses for a three-to-five-year term.


Howard County, Maryland will be widely recognized as the best place in the United States to live, work and operate a business.

HCEDA’s Maryland Innovation Center (MIC) is a dynamic ecosystem that provides companies across diverse industries with essential elements for success including coworking and office space, mentorship, knowledge and valuable connections. The MIC helps businesses unlock their potential to disrupt the marketplace, cultivate ideas and find tailored pathways to achieve their goals. 

Engaging Events by Howard County Economic Development Authority

HCEDA events are designed for visionaries, entrepreneurs and businesses across diverse industries, offering a unique blend of inspiration, networking and knowledge sharing.

Find us at:

The Howard County Economic Development Authority is located in the Ulman Innovation Hub in Columbia Gateway.

6751 Columbia Gateway Dr, Suite 500, Columbia, MD 21046

HCEDA Phone: 410-313-6500
Maryland Innovation Center Phone: 410-313-6550

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