The David Reznick Foundation partnered with the City of Westminster to mentor new businesses locating in downtown Westminster. Participants are assigned a mentor with similar business experience to guide them through the critical first year of operation. Participants also receive technical assistance with planning and operations, and financial assistance.

Partners in this program include the City of Westminster Office of Economic Development, the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, the Miller Center for Small Business at Carroll County Community College, and the Maryland Small Business Development Center.

The City of Westminster was incorporated in 1838 and founded by William Winchester in 1964.  Located in the geographic center of Carroll County, the City of Westminster serves as the County Seat.  Westminster is conveniently located near Maryland's largest cities and several capitals.  Within a charming, historic small-town setting, downtown Westminster provides unique shopping in its one-of-a-kind, locally-owned businesses.  

The former Albion Hotel, designed by Baltimore architect Jackson C. Gott, and built in 1886, has been restored with a combination of apartments and street-level commercial spaces.  The Albion Hotel features distinctive Queen Anne architecture popular in the late 1800’s.


Historic Downtown Business Incubator       Westminster, MD

Participants currently open for business are:

CUP Tea Bar & Cafe provides an extensive variety of brewed to order loose-leaf teas, locally roasted coffee and a fresh healthy menu. This year CUP expanded and relocated to a larger location with a full commercial kitchen.  With the expansion CUP is able to provide a wider range of food offerings, showcases local musicians, and has increased sales by 100%.

By the Bay Botanicals specializes in handcrafted botanical products and scents, particularly candles, and offers an array of locally sourced and/or naturally derived merchandise.  By the Bay expanded from a wholesale business to open a storefront retail business during the summer of 2014. 

Rare Opportunity Bakehouse.   Homemade bakery items and jams that are delicious.  Rare Opportunity partakes in 7 farmer's markets weekly -- Carroll County and DC.  Don't miss out!