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Monday, 02 May 2016 10:29

DC Small Biz Takeover: #DCSBW16 and #DCSmallBizWeek

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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





Monday, 25 April 2016 12:40

Support LEDC for #DoMore24!

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For 24 hours, imagine what is possible when all families have the power to achieve financial independence and join with their neighbors to improve their quality of life! Donate to LEDC through #DoMore24, the United Way of the National Capital Area's 24-hour fundraiser for nonprofits! Click HERE to donate!
Friday, 15 April 2016 12:31

PBS Visionaries Profiles LEDC For Their 21st Season

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Visionaries: Changing the World One Story at a Time, has chosen LEDC to be profiled on their 21st season!  It  looks to be very exciting, with the potential for raising the profile of the work we do in the areas of Small Business development and Housing. The program, including our episode, will be broadcast on more than 100 public television stations across the country - and in 15 of the top 20 U.S. markets. It will be a great opportunity for us to show the world the impact of our work.

This season, Visionaries is focusing on the concept of sustainability. Visionaries has chosen LEDC to be profiled because our story represents a unique opportunity to highlight the core concepts of sustainability---defined as the capacity to endure--- on two distinctly different levels. Specifically, they will dive into sustainability as it relates to our aim to drive and sustain economically just well as how LEDC has sustained itself as an organization over 25 years and through our own hurdles.

Visionaries is a Boston-based non-profit, with a great record of success profiling non-profits around the globe. See link here for more detail:

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