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Small Local Businesses Take Flight at BWI Marshall


BALTIMORE, May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Fraport USA is pleased to announce the expansion of LaunchPad, an innovative program that gives local startups and small business owners a unique opportunity to participate in the dynamic retail program at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

LaunchPad is an innovative retail program for local startups and small business owners

The first LaunchPad businesses opened at BWI Marshall Airport in 2017 with merchandise ranging from accessories, hair and beauty products to herbal teas and women’s fashions. Two retailers are entering a second year at the airport. Their success has fueled the expansion of the program.

“We are pleased with the initial results and positive response to the program. We also congratulate our first-year operators for running their small businesses and bringing an exciting array of local products and services to the airport,” said Brett Kelly, Vice President, Fraport Maryland. “This successful pilot opens the door for more local startups and small businesses at the airport.”

This year, two or more new local entrepreneurs or small business owners will be invited to participate. Following an application process, the selected retailers will receive 12-month leases for a kiosk along one of the airport’s busiest concourses. They will also receive additional resources, training, and sales and marketing support.

“LaunchPad gives local startups an opportunity to do business in one of the region’s most dynamic retail environments, exposing their brand to millions of visitors in BWI Marshall Airport,” adds Ricky Smith, executive director of BWI Marshall Airport. “Our customers can support these local operators and experience the best of Baltimore and Washington.”

Applications are being accepted through Friday, May 11. To learn more and to submit an application, please visit:

Developed by Fraport Maryland and The Maryland Aviation Administration, LaunchPad is also supported by The Greater Baltimore Urban League’s Entrepreneurial Program.

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