Seeking entrepreneurs that…
Present a strong business plan—Applicants should demonstrate in their application they can successfully execute their concept, as evidenced by financial performance, employment levels, and capital reserves.
Create a broad community impact—Priority will be given to businesses that seek to cross-pollinate with other businesses Downtown and provide signature experiences for both local residents and visitors.
Have original ideas—Businesses must be creative and unique for Downtown Baltimore. Priority will be given to businesses that offer services or products that do not exist anywhere else in Baltimore.
Support Downtown Baltimore’s recovery—Applicants should demonstrate in their application how their store will increase local foot traffic and attract new customers to Downtown Baltimore in the post-COVID economy.
Up to $50,000 in grants to support build-out and operations:
● Up to $20,000 toward the interior improvements of the retail space
● Up to $10,000 for exterior improvements and signage
● $20,000 BGE Energizing Small Business Grants. (BOOST grant recipients will also need to apply and qualify for BGE’s Grant Program but will be given priority consideration.)
● Affordable lease at one of 9 storefronts listed in the Downtown BOOST Program: Presented by Fearless Storefront Brochure
PLUS… robust technical, legal, marketing, zoning and permitting, and accounting support from local partners!
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