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.
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.
Silk and cashemire importer and seller
Aroma By Annette
Nautral Body Products
Animal and pets stuffs
Red Violet Studio
Nautre By Treyok
Retail and artist
Health and body products
Mel Handcrafted Jewelry
Costa Cosmetics LLC
Nautral Body Products
Sweet By Caroline
Retail products manufacturer and seller
It takes a supportive network and useful resources to build a business, and we’ve listed some trusted ones below. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
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.