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Howard County is situated in the heart of the dynamic corridor between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, which combined comprises the fourth largest market in the United States. Howard County’s ideal geographic location has resulted in the substantial growth of a wide variety of industries. A diverse business base thrives in the county, taking advantage of a friendly business climate, a highly educated workforce and superb quality of life. Howard County’s corporate citizens range from high technology, telecommunications and biotechnology companies to multinational corporations, research and development firms, and wholesale distributors. 
BASE Business Initiative (BBI)
Background:   After the announcement of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) action in 2005, the Fort Meade Regional Growth Management Committee (RGMC) was formed. The RGMC is composed of ten jurisdictions surrounding Fort Meade.
Business Services - Workforce Development
OWD offers businesses a full range of professional services that help them to identify and retain a quality workforce. Whether your company is in start up mode, expansion or reducing its workforce, OWD has the resources to move your business
Economic Development

In its privatized role as the County's economic development agency, the Economic Development Authority assists businesses by promoting a welcoming and supportive climate in the County.

Applying for a Business License

The Clerk of the Court  issues some business licenses. There is an application process and fees associated with obtaining a business license.