Business Revitalization Initiative Through Entrepreneurship (BRITE) Program

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Howard County, Md., MD

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About the Program

Category: Community and Economic Development (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

The BRITE program (Business Revitalization Initiative Through Entrepreneurship) fast tracks innovations toward commercial success by supporting both early-stage startups and established firms in Howard County. Managed by the Maryland Innovation Center (MIC) under the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), this initiative offers a direct pathway for aspiring entrepreneurs to achieve their goals. Providing a comprehensive suite of resources, the BRITE program enables budding and seasoned businesses to scale at the right time. This support encompasses professional skills development, partnership development, business acceleration, counselling, and expert guidance. By emphasizing the importance of diverse perspectives, the program encourages an inclusive environment that fosters innovation. Women, veterans, minorities, LGBTQ+, small disadvantaged, and historically underutilized businesses all contribute to the vibrant tapestry of this collaborative community.