Why Howard County Inspires Us

We recently moved our Howard County office from Columbia to Ellicott City to be closer to the District and Circuit Courts and other Howard County government buildings we may need to visit in the course of our work. But whenever we can, we like making the short 10-mile drive to Columbia, to meet with our clients there and spend some time enjoying Columbia’s attractions.

In some ways, Ellicott City and Columbia are completely unlike each other. Ellicott City’s rich history dates back to 1772 – nearly 200 years before James Rouse developed 14,000 acres of land to create Columbia. But these two cities share some important qualities: entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to fostering a strong sense of community.

Today, more than 100,000 people live in Columbia. Its network of nine villages and the Town Center create a sense of community that’s hard to find in cities of a comparable size. And many local and small businesses exist to serve – and employ – residents. Ellicott City’s small, locally owned shops and thriving downtown area draw many tourists to the area.

In 2014, Money Magazine ranked the combined Ellicott City-Columbia area as the 6th best place to live in the United States, citing amenities such as shared public parks, outstanding schools, and the availability of good jobs. The people who live here – and their optimism and creativity – also deserve credit for making Howard County a great place to live.

Since 2005, when we opened our Columbia office, we’ve met with many Howard County entrepreneurs and provided legal advice that helped them realize their dreams of operating a successful business. We’re glad when we can contribute to this area’s growth and prosperity.

A healthy climate for small businesses

Howard County fosters the entrepreneurial spirit by encouraging government to support local businesses. The county’s Local Business Initiative, for example, advises county departments and agencies to choose local businesses as providers of goods or services under $10,000. The state of Maryland also offers many incentives for small business owners, such as tax credits and low-interest loans.

The availability of state and local incentives, combined with proximity to Washington, D.C., has led to many tech and cybersecurity companies popping up in and around Columbia and Ellicott City, and the Howard Tech Council provides such businesses with networking and collaboration opportunities.

Enjoying life in Howard County

When watching an outdoor movie during the Lakefront Summer Festival in Columbia or seeing some incredible musicians perform at The Main Street Music Festival in Ellicott City, we’re reminded of why we enjoy being involved in these communities. We’re proud to serve the legal needs of Howard County’s residents, and to support their entrepreneurial visions.

Lusk Law, LLC, provides legal counsel to small businesses to help them prosper and actively represents their interests when litigation is necessary. From our Ellicott City and Frederick offices, our experienced attorneys provide legal counsel and representation to businesses located in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

With over a decade of experience representing small businesses, we’re ready to offer a consultation concerning your business opportunities and challenges. Please call us at 443-535-9715 or fill out our contact form if you have any legal questions about your business.

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