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Become a 2024
Berwyn Shops Vendor

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If you are an emerging entrepreneur, artisan, or maker who is interested in taking your business to the next level, the Berwyn Shops is a great place for you to test out the market.

2024 Vendor Applications NOW Open

 Deadline is Jan 8, 2024 at 8am 

Want to Learn More About the Program?

Informational sessions are now available!

Dec 11th | 1pm

Dec 20th | 3pm

How to Get Started 

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Application questions

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please take a moment and look at the list of questions that you will find on the application. The application process is simple but important because the jury will be taking each question into account.

License Agreement

The Berwyn shops have been designed and created to help the businesses succeed, as well as remain accountable and secure! Please take a look at the leasing document, that you will agree to and sign before you open your shop. 

Business Plan

A crafted business plan serves as a roadmap for your small business. It also demonstrates preparedness for this incubator adventure, which is why one is required when you apply. The Women's Business Development Center is here to!

Don’t Forget!

Please note that you will be required to enter your business EIN and upload high-resolution photos of products or services to be sold.

Got Questions? We Have answers!

Thank You!

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Selected by a jury of 13 community members.

Enrolled in a tailored workshop series with business leaders.

Located in a 12' x 15' mini storefront that is equipped with electricity and WiFi.

Encouraged to design your shop to reflect your creativity and brand aesthetic

Supported and promoted via print, digital, and social media.

Exposed to driving and foot traffic along the highly frequented Roosevelt Rd

Able to test out the local market before committing to a full-blown store

Deadline is Jan 8, 2024 at 8am

As a vendor you will be:

  • What will the Berwyn Shops hours be?
    From May to December 2024, the hours will be as follows: Fridays from 11AM to 7 PM Saturdays from 10AM to 6PM Sundays from 11AM to 5PM
  • Is the $4,000 for rent due all at once?
    No. The $4000 is the total rent for the entire 2024 season (from May to December). It is not due all at once nor is it all due at the beginning of the season. $500 will be due the 1st of each month for the 8-month season.
  • What is the NAICS code on the business plan?
    It is the North American Industry Classification System. It is a classification of business establishments by type of economic activity (process of production). To search for your business’s category, click here.
  • Will BDC help with the interior design portion of the shops?
    Yes. Design plans will be submitted to the Homegrown Coordinator and are subject to approval by the BDC team (to ensure feasibility). The Coordinator will connect vendors with interior designers, experts in displays, etc. as needed for mentorship and insight. The BDC team is also considering financial support to cover the cost of interior design work that is permanently attached to the shops (i.e. shelves, etc.). The BDC financial support will NOT cover appliances or items that vendors plan to take with them at the end of the season.
  • Who is allowed to run my Shop?
    You, as the business owner, are expected to adequately staff your shop during the mandatory hours (see question above). You can also appoint designated representatives of your business who can run the shop for you (if you are unable to do so). However, your designated representative will be responsible for your Shop, securing the site, and communicating with the Project Manager if any issues arise. Also, designated representatives must be of legal working age. More information about this regulation can be found here.
  • What security measures will be on-site?
    Fencing will be located along the entire perimeter of the incubator location. The gates, trash, and restroom will be locked. There are security cameras on-site. Shop vendors may decide to add additional security measures for their shops; however, they will be responsible for providing the equipment, etc.
  • How will vendors be selected?
    A jury committee of 13 community volunteers will be selecting the participating vendors. They will be reviewing the applications and business plans. So, it is important that applicants provide thoughtful, complete, and accurate answers to both documents. As a note, the goal is to have a variety of products offered at the Shops. As such, vendors with similar products may not all be selected.
  • What happens at the end of the season, in December of 2023?
    The 2023 season will end in December, which means that the first group of vendors will be asked to remove their products from the Shops. They will graduate from the program and hopefully move into a brick-and-mortar space. The Berwyn Development Corporation will continue to support the businesses and business owners even after they graduate from the program. Starting in January of 2024, the Berwyn Shops will begin preparing for the new cohort of vendors. The second season will officially start in May of 2024.
  • Do I need a Berwyn business license?
    Yes, all participating vendors will need a Berwyn business license (even if they have a license in other parts of Illinois). However, businesses are NOT required to show proof of a business license during the application process. It will be required once the 12 vendors are selected.

Special Thank You

To our current 2023 vendors: THANK YOU! It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you, your products, and your small businesses. We are incredibly PROUD of you and all the hard work you have put into the first season of the Berwyn Shops. You have demonstrated excellence, patience, creativity, and passion. We cannot wait to see what you do next!

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