About the Program

About the Program

Shop Local is a retail Business Incubator program of the Maryland Women’s.
Business Center, an SBA-certified business development, center under the Rockville Economic Development Inc.

The program began in Rockville in 2018 with the partnership and sponsorship of Federal Realty Investment Trust.

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Mission Statement

This retail incubator opportunity is created to cultivate retail entrepreneurs. To reduce the obstacles that often prevent these entrepreneurs from creating successful and sustainable small businesses.

Shop Local- Retail Incubator, helps selected entrepreneurs to startup their businesses and help them to succeed by providing free, mentorship, expertise, access to investors, and in some cases, working capital in the form of a loan or grant, using local resources. Each entrepreneur will work around other entrepreneurial businesses, often with a similar focus as yours in the retail industry segment.

The process to join the Incubator

The entrepreneur should have to register as a WBC client, start receiving business counseling. The Counselor will assess the business and identify if the business qualifies to be part of the program, then follow a schedule in order to meet some program's goals set by the incubator.

The business will participate in the Program on the terms set out in this Participation Agreement. The business Counselor will select and advise Businesses throughout their participation in the Program. Length of Program participation, location of the incubator, terms of acceptance into, and duration in the incubator will be determined by the Program, but in any case, will not extend past nine months as of this executed agreement.

Current Vendors

Cohort

Business Name

Business Description

website

I

Arcay Chocolates

Chocolate's manufacturer

I

Saint Valley

Silk and cashemire importer and seller

I

Aroma By Annette

Nautral Body Products

I

Durango Company

Animal and pets stuffs

II

Red Violet Studio

Artist

II

Nautre By Treyok

Retail and artist

II

Sha's Creations

Health and body products

II

Mel Handcrafted Jewelry

Jewelry manufacturer

II

Artepuy

Artcraft manufacturer

III

Lamimi Boutique

Artcraft manufacturer

III

Chocolisious LLC

Chocolate's manufacturer

III

Amaya Accessories

Jewelry manufacturer

III

Costa Cosmetics LLC

Nautral Body Products

III

Sweet By Caroline

Chocolate's manufacturer

III

Yul d’UZ

Retail products manufacturer and seller

Partners

We invite you to empower women across Maryland. By selecting a program or event sponsorship or becoming an in-kind sponsor or individual donor, you are supporting our critical work. We are grateful to our existing MWBC sponsors and encourage you to contact us at (301) 315-8091 if you are interested in sponsoring one of our programs or events.