Program Requirements

Eligible applicant businesses include, but are not limited to:

  • Apparel/clothing
  • Beauty & skincare products
  • Candles
  • Gift cards/stationary
  • Handbags, totes, etc.
  • Handmade crafts, such as glass blowing, ceramic/pottery, antique reclamation, knitting, sewing, crochet, etc.
  • Home goods, including recycled or green products for the home
  • Home furnishings
  • Inspirational products (journals, artwork, bags)
  • Jewelry
  • Party supplies
  • Shoes (handmade and unique)
  • Toys and games, hobbies
  • Vintage and repurposed merchandise

Participants must be able to commit to the following:

  • Maintain a minimum inventory level for three months.
  • Have the financial capacity to invest in a Point of Sale (POS) system.
  • Have the capacity to get the Sales Tax License.
  • Work at the MWBC Shop Local storefront for at least one day per week, one Sunday every six weeks, and availability for holiday shifts as per schedule.
  • Allocate one hour per month for technical assistance, attending three hours of training sessions monthly, and participating in one or two follow-up meetings with the cohort each month.
  • Maintain 100% focus on the business.
  • Ensure the business is registered with the state of Maryland as a corporation, LLC, or DBA/sole proprietor.
  • Maintain good standing with the state of Maryland.
  • Hold General Liability Insurance (details will be provided).
  • Cover incubation fees of $250 per month.