New Advisory Board Chair Named at Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is proud to announce that Judy L. Harris, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Connections, LLC, has been named Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE).

During her career Harris has served in a number of senior executive roles. She was the CEO and Director for Carson-Dellosa Publishing, President and CEO of Channel One Network, Vice President Corporate Development Crayola Company, and Executive Vice President of Businesses at PBS.

Harris joined the MCE Board in 2013 and has made invaluable contributions to a number of HCEDA programs and initiatives including the Marketing committee, 3D Maryland, and the Howard Tech Council.  Harris succeeds Paul Mauritz who will remain a board member.

“We are thrilled to have someone with the breadth of experience that Judy brings to the MCE Advisory Board, said Lawrence F. Twele, Chief Executive Officer Howard County Economic Development Authority.” Her passion for the MCE and its mission has been evident since the day she joined the board. Judy’s knowledge of start-ups, marketing, and innovative technologies will serve us well as we prepare to move into our new facility near downtown Columbia.”

“This is really an exciting time to be at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and I am grateful for the opportunity to work more closely with our dynamic board, staff and the entrepreneurs striving to create new businesses and jobs in Howard County,” said Judy L. Harris, MCE Advisory Board Chair.

MCE board members serve two year terms.  Harris will assume her new role July 1.

The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) is an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority. The MCE provides a robust, interactive community of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and advisors collaborating to drive innovation and launch high-growth, and technology-based companies.


About HCEDA: The Howard County Economic Development Authority is a public-private partnership whose primary goal is to promote economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, targeting new businesses, and attracting corporate/regional headquarters. The Authority also maintains several programs aimed at the special needs of small and agricultural businesses. Additionally, the Authority strives to preserve the distinctive quality of life in Howard County. The Authority can be reached at

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