What Happens Here Changes the World
Australia. Canada. Denmark. England. France. India. Japan. South Korea. Countries from around the world are represented in businesses located right in Montgomery County, MD. Find leading global businesses with headquarters in our area, companies that have established a major presence, and local companies that have expanded into global powerhouses. From here, the world.
foreign-owned companies, and growing
MD businesses export to 209 countries
of the 10 most diverse cities in the U.S.
languages spoken in households
international airports within driving distance
From here, do business anywhere
With our prime location just 15 miles from the nation’s capital, we have embassies, government agencies, resources and 3 international airports in our backyard. A full 1/3 of the U.S. population is within an overnight drive from Maryland. Planes, the MARC Train, Amtrak, Metro, Capital Bikes – all modes of transportation are convenient to MoCo. The close by Port of Baltimore is one of the busiest international deep-water ports in the country, closer to the Midwest than any other Atlantic sea port. It is also a key northeast area shipping port for imports/exports.
Fastest growing industries for global business
Montgomery County is located in the middle of the bustling northeast corridor of the U.S., and booming with international business prospects. The opportunities are vast for innovation in BioHealth, cybersecurity and IT, with 31% of our residents holding post-grad degrees (the highest in the country) and 18 major federal government agencies headquartered right here.
Qiagen, GlaxoSmithKline, MedIummune/AstraZeneca, Otsuka America, ProMetic BioTherapeutics. World-wide bio leaders are here in Montgomery County (Viva White Oak, currently in development, is expected to be a local game changer). Find a strong workforce talent pool and great job opportunities.
Cybersecurity is projected to reach an incredible $202 billion by 2021. Montgomery County is fast becoming a cybersecurity tour de force, perfect for reaching the $14 billion federal government market and the fast-growing private sector, with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) in our backyard.
More than 1,200 firms employ 90,000 in IT offices across Montgomery County. Well-known BAE Systems has its global headquarters in the United Kingdom and four locations in Montgomery County.
Marriott International and Choice Hotels are two global hospitality companies that have a headquarters in MoCo. Marriott is now developing a $600 million complex in Bethesda for 3,500 employees and Choice Hotels International is planning another expansion to its Rockville headquarters.
It’s great for me to be able to go in and out of 3 different airports, and the train. I can move really quickly and easily around the world as I need to.
Workforce Talent Pool from Top Area Schools
Montgomery County is home to campuses of 11 higher education institutions.
Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus offers part-time, evening, master’s degree courses in bioinformatics, biotechnology, biotechnology enterprise and entrepreneurship, regulatory science and other areas. The Center for Biotechnology Education takes the pulse of the biotech job market to ensure students get the skills they need to succeed in the biotech industry. Many faculty members are working professionals in biotechnology fields.
University of Maryland/Universities at Shady Grove (USG) has 80 undergrad and graduate degree programs offered by nine University of Maryland institutions10 on one convenient campus, including internationally recognized University of Maryland College Park11. USG is constructing a state-of-the-art, $162 million biomedical sciences building to further cyber, engineering and biomedical sciences education, slated to open in 2019.
Montgomery College is a top ranked community college, with numerous tracks towards degrees in fields that are in high demand, in Montgomery County and around the country.
Other Top Universities in the Area. Montgomery County is within an hour drive of the main campuses of many top-ranked universities including Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, Howard University, University of Maryland, College Park, and Johns Hopkins University.
Reach across borders for business success. Montgomery County is home to 227 internationally-owned companies and the resources to make international business take off.
More than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the United States. Chances are your competitors are increasing their global market share. There are many reasons to consider selling products and services overseas:
- Competitive Advantage. The United States is known throughout the world for high quality, innovative goods and services, customer service, and sound business practices.
- Profitability. Exporting can be profitable for businesses of all sizes. On average, sales grow faster, more jobs are created, and employees earn more than in non-exporting firms.
- Access. Today, improvements in trade finance, the Internet, and trade agreements have dramatically increased access to markets worldwide.
- Risk Mitigation. Most companies that export have an easier time riding out fluctuations in the U.S. economy and are more likely to stay in business.
Take advantage of Tax Credits and Financial Incentives
Generous incentives for global business abound in Montgomery County. Find more information about tax credits, grant and loan programs, equity investment funds and more. LEARN MORE >
Office of International Investment and Trade, Maryland Department of Commerce
A Basic Guide to Exporting, U.S. Department of Commerce
Trade Initiatives, International Trade Administration
Trade Finance Guide, International Trade Administration
Archived Webinars on Exporting, U.S. Department of Commerce