Vendor Support

We are committed to making the new Lexington Market a hub for homegrown entrepreneurship and inclusive opportunity. We’ve partnered with small business experts like Baltimore Corps to reach every corner of the city and make sure anyone who wants to be a part of the Market has the support they need to write a competitive application.

Info Sessions

The Info Session will provide an overview of the Transform Lexington project and what you need to know to submit a competitive vendor application. We’ll discuss how the new building will look and operate, how to complete the application, as well as operational and financial considerations of becoming a vendor at the new Lexington Market.

Dates

Round Two Info Session Dates TBD

Technical Workshops

These workshops will provide in-depth support for applicants to Lexington Market. Each of the three sessions will cover an area of the application, and collectively can help you build skills for starting a business at Lexington Market or anywhere. Due to the pandemic, all sessions will be conducted as webinars, and the recorded sessions will be uploaded below after each workshop.

Business Finance

Date & Time
September 3rd, 6pm-8pm
September 26th 12pm-2pm

In this workshop we will discuss the importance of financial readiness to launch or expand a business, from proper planning to navigating financial institutions. Business finance includes reading financial statements and connecting the dots between your profit and loss, balance sheet and cash flow statements. If these documents point to a shortage of capital, business finance also provides the tools to plan strategies for bridging the gap.

instructed by

Lyndsae Peele from BB&T Bank

Branding & Marketing

Date & Time
August 26th, 5pm-7pm
September 14th 2pm-4pm

The best market vendors don’t just rely on foot traffic, they build strong brands and customer loyalty to shine among the many options available to consumers. The workshop will cover the key concepts of brand building and small business marketing, from identifying your unique value and target customers, to learning to how to effectively present and market your business through a variety of channels. 

instructed by

Sabrina Depestre from MICA

Designing Your Business for Public Markets

Date & Time
August 20th, 5pm -7pm
September 10th 2pm-4pm

Successful food ventures require you to think about your business holistically, from product selection and merchandising to how you engage with your stakeholders in building out your brand (from suppliers to customers). All of these factors are crucial in building out your stall concept for Lexington Market. We will also address the ways in which your business concept may need to shift due to the pandemic.

instructed by

Kim Bryden and Kathleen Overman from Cureate

Capital Support

We fully understand that access to capital is one of the greatest barriers to entry for small businesses passionately launching new ideas. Our team is working hard to streamline the process around access to the funds needed to start up in the new market and open up for business. The lenders below specialize in lending to small businesses throughout Baltimore and we will help connect accepted vendors to their available capital resources.