New program to help veterans start businesses

The Howard County Economic Development Authority has initiated a new training program, Project Opportunity, to help veterans interested in starting a business. The 10-week program, which offers training, outreach services, technical assistance and financing opportunities to veterans who are considering starting a business, will be held at the HCEDA's Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 500, in Columbia. The Howard County program is expected to begin in April, with an orientation in March.

Project Opportunity will provide step-by-step guidance on what it takes to start and maintain a business. The project first started three years ago on the Eastern Shore and is expanding to Anne Arundel and Howard counties this year.

The HCEDA is partnering on Project Opportunity with the Howard County office of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; Howard Community College; and the Maryland Technology Development Corp.

For more information on the project, call 410-860-6664 or go to

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