Advance Network

Small business event showcases opportunities at BWI, airports, and shopping centers

Local Maryland small businesses came out this week to attend an event showcasing current and future opportunities with our airports and shopping centers.

Our airports and centers team came together to host a small business event to inform local Maryland businesses about the opportunities available at our nationwide portfolio of airports and premiere shopping centers.


Local, small, minority, Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), veteran and woman-owned businesses and entrepreneurs were part of the crowd that attended the Baltimore area event.

Guests had the opportunity to network with our teams and learn more about upcoming opportunities at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and local Westfield shopping centers. They were informed of flexible, new ways to expand their business, reach new customers and showcase their products at both airports and shopping centers.


Through our Advance Network we continue to create and support opportunities for more local and diverse participation in the industry. We strive to lower the barriers to entry to ensure our programs reflect the rich diversity of our communities, create strong career paths for local people and students and foster impactful partnerships with local organizations.

“We are always looking to increase our partnerships with local, small, minority and women-owned businesses,” said Jan Springer, URW Vice President of Leasing. “We have structured our leases to appeal to businesses of all sizes. There is not a one size fits all and we are excited to meet new local businesses and help them succeed.”

During the event the teams emphasized that we not only partner with global brands but also small businesses and entrepreneurs. With our vast offerings, we are able to offer short- and long-term deals across kiosks, pop-ups, in-line space, and more.

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With a global portfolio of premier consumer destinations–including airports, transit, and shopping centers—URW is uniquely positioned to help showcase brands at their best and connect local communities and organizations to our programs.