SearchMaryland, a  local directory of businesses, attractions and organizations in Maryland, has announced the recipients of its “ 2012 Top Businesses to Watch” recognition.  Top five businesses in the clean energy, mobile advertising, healthcare, technology, and education industries were represented in the “Top Businesses to Watch” list. is a comprehensive, human-edited business directory that provides information about companies and organizations  based in the “Old-Line State” .

Growth and  innovation among others was one of the criteria for selection of SearchMaryland’s “Top Businesses to Watch” list. “We’re delighted to showcase five businesses that highlight the best of what the Maryland business community has to offer,” said Ashley Boswell of SearchMaryland.  “We congratulate all of the businesses who made our list, and encourage each of them to continue the good work!”

The top 5 selected businesses in the “Top Businesses to Watch” list include:

UR Solar Power:  UR Solar Power  develops, implements and manages residential solar programs for utilities and national retailers. In 2011, the company received the “Best Green Company” title in the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards.

Millennial Media : The company touts itself as the “leading independent mobile ads and data platform powering the app economy,” and the awards it has received back up its claims.  Millennial Media has been recognized  with a bevy of other awards the past; in 2011, the company ranked 74 on the Inc. 500 list, won the “Mobile Marketing Campaign of the Year” at the American Business Awards, won Mobiletrax’s “Mobility Award”, and received the Future Mobile Awards title of “Mobile Entertainment Winner.”

WellDoc:  WellDoc uses Internet, smartphones, and other technologies to help reduce overall healthcare costs and improve disease management outcomes. In 2011, WellDoc was named National Business Incubation Association’s “Outstanding Incubator Graduate Company of the Year.” WellDoc was also one of 100 companies featured in Forbes’ “America’s Most Promising Companies” list.

Kloudtrack Focuses on providing technology solutions for governance, risk and compliance data and process management. The company was named the Incubator Company of the Year Awards’ “Best Information Technology Company” in 2011.

StraighterLine StraighterLine provides online college courses intended to be more affordable and convenient than traditional brick-and-mortar universities provide. The Maryland Incubator Awards also named StraighterLine the “New Company of the Year.” StraighterLine was listed among the “10 Most Innovative Companies in Education” by Fast Company due to the fact that StraighterLine provides the first year of a college education for less than $999.