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Marla Bilonick



 Latino Economic Development Center Selected by Citi Foundation’s

Community Progress Makers Fund Grant Program

to Accelerate Economic Opportunity


DC- based Community Progress Maker Joins Leading Nonprofit Organizations Across the United States to Address Urban Challenges Ranging from Affordable Housing to Environmental Sustainability and Infrastructure


DC – MAY 18, 2016 – Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) announced today that it has been selected as a recipient of the Community Progress Makers Fund, a $20 million grant initiative to support 40 visionary nonprofit organizations in their efforts to establish new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges in the United States – including economic development, environment sustainability, urban infrastructure, and affordable housing.


As part of the program, LEDC will receive a core operating support grant of $500,000 over the course of two years to continue its work in the community around economic and social advancement of low- to moderate- income Latinos and other underserved communities in the Greater DC and Baltimore region. This new injection of funds will help bolster existing initiatives while opening up the door to additional programs such as strengthening our Small Business advocacy capacity to ensure that low and moderate income entrepreneurs have the right conditions to thrive. In addition to the grant, LEDC will also have access to technical assistance from leading national researchers and experts and will be provided opportunities to connect with other grantees to share and learn best practices.


"LEDC is honored to be selected as a Community Progress Maker. Funding from the Citi Foundation will help us build on momentum and success that taken place at our organization over the past two years,” said Marla Bilonick, Executive Director of LEDC. “The Citi Foundation is a collaborative and committed supporter that is helping to take LEDC to the next level. We are truly grateful for this investment in our organization and for our longstanding partnership with Citi."


“The Citi Foundation feels privileged to support organizations that have demonstrated such strong commitments to their local communities and a willingness to share their experiences with others for the betterment of their neighborhoods,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “These organizations have a track record of implementing solutions that work for their communities because they know the people there, understand what resources to tap and, most importantly, feel deeply invested in the places where they live and work.  We believe that’s the key to leading urban transformation efforts in DC and elsewhere across the country.”


The Community Progress Makers Fund builds upon the Citi Foundation’s commitment to identify and support innovative solutions and organizations that are helping build stronger, more resilient cities that are engines of economic opportunity for all.  The flexibility of core operating support will allow organizations and their visionary leaders to deploy solutions that address a range of issues.




About the Latino Economic Development Center


LEDC’s mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate- income Latinos and other underserved communities in the D.C. and Baltimore Metropolitan Areas by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities. For more information, visit


About the Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation's "More than Philanthropy" approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit




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THE 9TH ANNUAL TENANT TOWN HALL MEETING: May 7th, 2016 at 11 am - 2 pm at All Souls Church (1500 Harvard St NW) Columbia Heights Metro (Green & Yellow) or S buses.

11 am - 12 pm: Workshops! From Tenant Rights 101 to Recruiting a Board of Director and MORE.

12 pm - 2 pm: Join us in holding elected officials accountable in the fight to STRENGTHEN RENT CONTROL and FUND AFFORDABLE HOUSING!

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Whether you’re a small business, a supporter, or an organization providing assistance to small business, you can join in the week’s coordinated activities! Check out the activities above to learn more.

Small Business City Tour


DSLBD will celebrate Small Business Week across the District by visiting small businesses in all 8 Wards throughout the week.


Monday, May 2


DC Small Biz Resource Mini-Clinic Pop-Ups


Stop by and receive free technical assistance and other resources for your small business. Experts will be on hand to answer all your business needs and link you with organizations that will mentor you to the next level.


Presented by: CNHED and DSLBD




Ben’s Chili Bowl BEN’s H St. NE


1001 H St. NE


11:00 am – 2:00 pm




DCRA Building


1100 Fourth St, SW


8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Destination Congress Heights
3119 MLK Jr. Blvd.
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Uprising Muffins
1817 7th St. NW
8:00 am - 11:00 am 
Ward 7 Business Partnership
Thai Orchid's Kitchen Restaurant 
2314 PA Ave SE
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm




DC Government Economic Cluster’s Building Bridges to Success


Gain a better understanding of how to obtain access to capital, District government contracts, and grant opportunities.


Licensing Process (DCRA)


Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grant (DMPED)


Small Business Assistance and Façade Improvement (DHCD)


Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Program (DSLBD)


Green Incentive Program (DOEE)


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


100 4th Street SW, 2nd Floor (Room E-200), Washington, DC 20024


For more information, please call (202) 442-4538.



Tuesday, May 3


Power Up DC


GET MONEY, GET MOVIN: Accessing Capital to Start and Grow Your Business with Non-Traditional Funding Resources. Featuring: Guest Speakers, Workshops, Matchmaking Session


8:00 am -12:30 pm


Marriott Marquis Hotel - 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001








Made In DC Legislation Celebration


The Department of Small and Local Business Development celebrates the passing of the “Made In DC” legislation!


5:30PM - 7:30PM


Lab 1270 at Union Market - 1270 5th St NE


For more information, email



Thursday, May 5


Hispanic Women Entrepreneurship Roundtable


DSLBD will announce a new program in partnership with MOLA and MOWPI that will help Hispanic women on the road to business ownership. 


10:00 am -11:00 am


MOLA Office - 2000 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20009


For more information, email




SCORE Growing Your Business Conference


A full day of Seminars, Workshops, Networking and Exhibits designed to help Grow your Business!


World-Class Speakers on Affordable Sales & Marketing Strategies, Federal Contracting, and Accessing Capital.


8:00 am – 3:30 pm


Washington Hilton -1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009





Friday, May 6


DISB’s Coffee and Capital


Introduction to DISB’s Access to Capital Programs for District Small Business


8:30 am – 10:30 am


Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church - 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001