USA. Fraport USA has expanded its LaunchPad initiative. It gives local start-ups and small business owners the opportunity to participate in the retail programme at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall).

The first LaunchPad businesses opened at BWI Marshall 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.

“We are pleased with the initial results and positive response to the programme,” said Fraport Maryland Vice President Brett Kelly. “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.

“This successful pilot opens the door for more local start-ups 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 start-ups 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,” commented BWI Marshall Airport Executive Director Ricky Smith. “Our customers can support these local operators and experience the best of Baltimore and Washington.”

Applications are being accepted until 11 May. To learn more and to submit an application, please click here.