The Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) was initially established to help Montgomery County’s diverse population of women to start and grow enterprises positioned for long-term growth in the community. Through training, individual counseling, facilitated peer group support, specialized resources, and access to capital, we help more than 1,500 women per year gain the skills, connections, and confidence needed to successfully navigate entrepreneurship.
Although the MWBC is a special initiative of the nonprofit Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI), we are open to women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses throughout the region. REDI, which is funded by the City of Rockville, helps businesses grow/expand in Rockville, and has a long history of helping women entrepreneurs.
- In November 2010, REDI launched Rockville Women’s Business Center (RWBC) to formalize their support. In its first three years of operation, RWBC assisted more than 1,500 people through training, individual assistance, and specialized resources.
- In October 2013, RWBC’s name changed to Maryland Women’s Business Center, and we became an SBA certified Women’s Business Center (WBC), becoming one of 106 nationally.
- In 2014, we were one of 11 women empowerment nonprofits selected to receive a grant award from Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend. The same year, we also opened our first satellite offices in Bowie and Frederick.
- In November 2015, MWBC marked our fifth anniversary and first anniversaries in Frederick and Prince George’s County. MWBC currently operates in three counties within the State of Maryland: Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George’s County, and will expand to Howard County in 2016.