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Six Women-Owned Businesses Honored @ 2018 Local First Awards

On October 18th, over 400 DC entrepreneurs, artists, government agencies and activists gathered at our 2018 Local First Awards at The Showroom DC. 6 of the 9 winners presented with the coveted awards were women-owned businesses in the District. Continue to support all of our 41 finalists in their businesses.  Thank you to all of our sponsors, food and beverage partners, and media partners for the support, as well as host Sam Ford, ABC7 WJLA and Mayor Bowser, Director Whitfield [DSLBD], Councilmember Silverman and the TLF DC Board for presenting awards! Visit the Local First Awards to stay connected for next year!

7 Entrepreneurs' Stories of Struggle and Success

When you conduct a feasibility study on human resources, finance and time are what you measure. It never fails that these are all something small businesses face, whether they grow, scale, or fail. Learn how successful entrepreneurs deal with various obstacles.


DMV Black Restaurant Week
November 4-11

Think Local First DC is a proud partner of the inaugural DMV Black Restaurant Week. With over 40 participating restaurants, this event is sure to offer something for everyone! Restaurants offer prefixed menus and discounts of up to 15% with the use of the code DMVbrw. Check out all the events and offers on the DMVbrw website today!

1. ECONOMY: The Cost of Living and Doing Business in District 

One 2017 estimate from website GoBankingRates, said DC residents need to earn about $38.59 per hour to “live comfortably” in the District. And a new study from researchers at the University of Notre Dame found that hiring managers at low-wage jobs were less likely to call back applicants who lived further from the center of D.C. Read more here!

2. TRANSPORTATION: A 2045 Vision For D.C.-Area Commuters

On September 26, during the inaugural WeDC Festival, Think Local First DC was awarded the first PepcoConnect Connected Communities Award. Che Ruddell-Tabisola, Board Member, LFA Chair and owner of BBQ Bus Smokehouse accepted the award on our behalf.​​


MOWPI Free Workshop: Salary Negotiation for Women

Women working full time in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what men are paid, a gap of 20 percent — and it’s even wider for black women, Latinas, and Native women. The first workshop is November 5th at Penn Social. Register Now.


Complementary Vendor Space: Holiday Bazaar

New Community Artspace is offering complimentary space for DC handmade crafters, makers, and artists on December 7 from 5 PM - 8 PM  for its Holiday Bazaar, with no table fee! They just ask for you to submit one of your products for a raffle item. Register Here by November 24th!

2018 Fresh Ball: Historic Decatur House

NOV 9: 17-year-old DC arts and music non-profit organization, Words Beats & Life, presents The Fresh Ball! The Ball will bring together diverse advocates in the arts, education, and nonprofit communities for an evening of global cuisine, Hip-Hop karaoke, and energetic live performances.  Tickets on sale now!




As part of your Local First Awards ticket, you received the $25 membership.  For those interested in investing with Think Local First at a higher level, check out our membership levels at Join Think Local First DC!


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