Local Business Initiative

Local businesses in Howard County are a pivotal driver in our local economy. Whenever possible, Howard County procurement dollars should be spent to support the local businesses that serve as a strong pillar in our economy.

Howard County is committed to creating a competitive and balanced economic environment within the County by ensuring community growth through the Local Business Initiative. The goal of the Local Business Initiative is to promote the growth and success of local businesses and to increase the percentage of County procurement dollars flowing to local businesses. Under the Local Business Initiative, County Departments and agencies are encouraged to select local businesses when purchasing goods or services that are under $10,000.00. 

For purposes of the Local Business Initiative, a local business is defined as an applicant that maintains its principal place of business in Howard County. If your business meets this eligibility criterion, and you are interested in certifying with Howard County as a local business, please complete the Local Business Initiative Certification Application using the link below.


Local Business Initiative Certification Application and Directory

In order to fill out the Local Business Initiative Certification Application, or to search our database of certified vendors please click here. When searching the database, select Local Business Enterprise (LBE) as the certification type in your search criteria.


Local Business Initiative Events

Local Business Certification Workshop

Tuesday, June 04, 2019, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Howard County Library, Miller Branch, Ellicott Room, 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Learn about the Howard County:

  • Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) Program
  • Local Business Initiative Program
  • How to do business with Howard County
  • Also included is information on business development incentives and resources within Howard County.

Howard County Government Office of Purchasing and Howard County Economic Development Authority representatives will share information and resources beneficial to the growth of your business.

This workshop is free, but space is limited. Advance registration is recommended. For more information and registration, contact: purchasing@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-6370.

Workshop flyer