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Contact: Tawana Jacobs, 301-355-2207

Calling Maryland Entrepreneurs: StartRight! 2018 Business Plan Competition Now Open
Seeking Entries from Majority Woman-Owned Startups; Grand Prize is $5,000

(Rockville, MD) June 20, 2018—The Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) is seeking entries from majority woman-owned companies in business three years or less for its 2018 StartRight! Business Plan Competition. The grand prize awardee could win up to $5,000 to support their business along with free publicity, networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs, and invaluable feedback from a team of expert judges. The deadline to enter is Thursday, July 12. Refer to for details.

MWBC, a nonprofit organization which oversees the competition, works with female entrepreneurs from its three locations in Bowie, Frederick, and Rockville to help them start, sustain and grow their businesses. The center offers low-cost workshops and training to both men and women. Business counselors provide special one-on-one assistance to women business owners that includes access to little-known financial resources.

Past StartRight! Business Plan Competition winners include:

  • PYT Funds – An online financial services firm that connects families and banks to provide new solutions to financing college.
  • Alodia Hair Care – Creates hair care products to help “…women around the world to Learn, Love and Grow their hair.”
  • Like Neighbors – Organizes caregiving meal campaigns. Recently on NBCWashington to promote its 5,00 Meals for Vets Campaign.
  • Free State Cooperage – Manufactures sustainably sourced American oak barrels for use in distilleries, wineries, and breweries, and offers Maryland forestry and history tours.

Four Corners Counseling & Wellbeing – Provides psychotherapy for individuals and couples

  • in and near Washington, D.C.

For more information about the business plan competition and MWBC, contact Tawana Jacobs at or 301-355-2207.


About the Maryland Women’s Business Center

MWBC is an initiative of Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) that was established in 2010 to help women in the region start and build successful women-owned enterprises. REDI is a public-private partnership formed by the City of Rockville, MD in 1997 to strengthen and broaden the city’s economic base through business entrepreneurship, expansion, retention, and recruitment programs.