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About Us

At 356 West Group, we are more than just a consultancy firm – we are catalysts for change. Led by experienced government programs administrator and business development executive Jack Howard, our team combines years of experience, expertise, and an unwavering commitment to the success of small, woman-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses. Our comprehensive range of services, including business development, government contract acquisition consulting, strategic communications, and media relations, equips our clients with the tools they need to navigate the intricacies of government contracts.

Beyond consultancy, our company CEO created the transformative annual Maryland Small Business and Entrepreneurial Training Summit in 2015, where thousands of business owners and state officials have come together, fostering connections and collaborative partnerships.Our mission is to empower underrepresented businesses, unlock their full potential, and shape a future where diversity and inclusion fuel economic prosperity. Join us on this inspiring journey, where dreams become reality.

Our Story

At 356 West Group, we are driven by a powerful passion and vision: to empower small, woman-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses to thrive and succeed. Founded by Jack Howard, a seasoned leader with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, our firm is dedicated to excellence and inclusivity.  356 West Group is more than a business venture for our CEO. It is personal. The name of the company itself is the address, which is 356 West 6th Street, where Jack was raised in a small town in the impoverished Delta Region in the State of Mississippi. Through our business consulting services and program management expertise, we guide our clients in navigating the complex world of government contracts, helping them secure their fair share of procurement revenue.

With a passion for empowerment and a commitment to fostering strategic alliances, we go beyond consultancy by collaborating with business owners to connect them with potential joint venture and teaming partners to create sustainable partnerships that will lead to opportunities for growth and success. Together, we are passionate about building a future where diversity and economic prosperity go hand in hand.

Core Competencies

Small Business Capacity Building

Political Consulting and Advocacy

Management Consulting

Teaming and Joint Venture Strategies

Prime/Subcontractor Relationship Building


Business Development and Contract Acquisition

We look forward to working with you to help you achieve your business development and contract acquisition goals for your company.

Jack Howard: Leading with Passion and Excellence

Jack Howard, the driving force behind 356 West Group’s success, is a visionary leader dedicated to empowering small, women-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses in government contracting. With over 20 years of extensive experience in appointed government leadership positions for four Governors in two different states, combined with his experience in business development, strategic communications, program management, and political consulting, Jack guides clients through complex challenges to secure lucrative contracts. His impact goes beyond business, fostering collaboration and inclusivity by bridging gaps between government agencies, prime contractors, and underrepresented businesses.

With a focus on creating win-win business opportunities, Jack emphasizes to our clients the importance of meeting project deadlines, delivering quality results, and managing costs effectively. He has utilized his experience and his vast network of contacts, both in the U.S. and internationally, to play a major role in developing and cultivating joint venture partnerships, teaming agreements and prime/subcontracting relationships. As a result of Jack’s efforts, he has utilized his network of contacts to help develop and cultivate business relationships that have successfully led to the awarding of contracts and licensing agreements that are valued at hundreds of millions of dollars in various sectors, including for companies that specialize in fuel distribution, gaming, construction, Information Technology, cannabis, and other industry sectors as well. He is a published author and a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy whose leadership inspires others to strive for excellence by incorporating valuable lessons from his extensive experience. Jack’s unwavering commitment to community engagement, inclusivity for small, women owned, minority owned and veteran owned businesses in government contracting opportunities, and his commitment to building meaningful relationships creates a ripple effect of positive change. Join us on a transformative journey led by our CEO. Together, we will unlock new horizons of success, empower underrepresented businesses, and shape a future where equal opportunities abound.

Jack Howard



356 West Group, LLC
6720-G Ritchie Highway, #275 Glen Burnie, MD 21061


(757) 717-0349