Pop-Up Shop/Business Incubator Program

Due to the uncertainty caused by the national COVID-19  crisis, all Pop-Up Frostburg activities have been postponed until Fall 2020. Check back for updates in the coming months.

FrostburgFirst, in partnership with the City of Frostburg and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), is pleased to announce that its pop-up shop and small business incubator program Pop-Up Frostburg is moving forward to its next stage. A total of 11 talented applicants are moving on to the second stage of the program, during which the candidates will meet with the SBDC to further develop their business concepts and prepare a final pitch to present to the committee.

Pop-Up Frostburg has received $1000 in support from M&T Bank to ensure the program’s success. A community bank at heart, M&T lives its commitment to local communities. “We are so proud to be a part of this new journey and to continue to partner with Frostburg First for years to come,” shared Katelyn Yoder, Western MD Regional Manager of M&T Bank. Frostburg Branch Manager Shane Jones is also serving on the Pop-Up Frostburg committee and providing valuable feedback to applicants.

In addition to support from M&T Bank, Shawn Miller of Commercial Graphics and Signage is donating a budget for signage to the selected finalists to help advertise their business concepts. A number of local Frostburg businesses are also donating their time to serve on the committee and provide feedback to applicants, including Pet Wants Mountain Maryland, Main Street Books, Forever Media Inc., Clatter, General Art Store, Hotel Gunter & Toasted Goat Winery, and LG’s Pizzeria & Pub.

The Pop-Up Frostburg program brings together entrepreneurs, artists, makers, and small businesses with local property owners to activate vacant spaces in downtown Frostburg. The vision for the program is to cultivate an encouraging environment for entrepreneurs by increasing storefront occupancy and fostering sustainable businesses that enhance downtown Frostburg revitalization. The program is funded in part through the Main Street Improvement grant program through Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development.

Frostburg is home to unique small businesses, a thriving arts community, and creative entrepreneurs. FrostburgFirst believes that expanding active retail spaces will benefit residents, existing businesses, and visitors alike.

The Pop-Up Shop and Small Business Incubator Program is intended to attract small retailers and/or service-based businesses to the Frostburg Arts & Entertainment District by offering assistance with start-up costs including rent, utilities, materials, insurance, and marketing to give the selected businesses the opportunity to test their products and services. FrostburgFirst hopes the program will create opportunities for future business owners who have had trouble finding accessible, affordable, and flexible spaces and allow them to create, expand, and nurture their small business with relatively low risk in downtown Frostburg.

 

Vision: Cultivate an encouraging environment for entrepreneurs in downtown Frostburg.

Mission: To develop and implement a pop-up shop/business incubator program to increase storefront occupancy and create sustainable businesses that enhance downtown Frostburg revitalization.