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Through our partnership with Empowered Women International (LEDC) and DC Women’s Business Center, Think Local First DC presents HERSummit: Celebrating the Womenpreneur, a 1/2 day virtual interactive summit on Thursday, May 13th from 9 am-12:30 PM EST.  The day features nonprofit and corporation organizations choosing to change the narrative around women business owners' access to capital and growth. The day features panels with: 
  1. National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  2. AEO
  3. The Women’s Foundation
  4. WealthyU
  5. IFund Women
  6. Next Street
  7. The Institute for Women's Policy Research
  8. Latinfo Economic Development Center and more!
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New TLF DC Member Benefit

ThinkLocalFirstDC is proud to announce a new partnership with telemedicine provider CareClix. CareClix will offer you a complete telemedicine solution that provides telephone, messaging and video/consultation capabilities on any mobile device, computer, or tablet anywhere in the world. Think Local First DC member benefits:

✓ $9.99 a month for Members 
✓ $19.99 a month for Non-Members
✓ Live On-Demand Virtual Visits 
✓ Access to CareClix Primary Care Network  
✓ Access to CareClix Speciality Network, where available 
✓ Inquire about our Family Plan

Learn More Here

PPP Runs Out of Funding

The Paycheck Protection Program ran out of funding Tuesday afternoon and has stopped accepting most new applications. This is four weeks before the program was slated to end. Around $8 billion is still available through community financial institutions. The SBA grant programs for businesses in the live-events and restaurant industries are continuing. Read more from the NYT.

A Clearer DC Reopening Plan?
Via the Washington City Paper. Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie wrote Mayor Muriel Bowser a letter on May 2 requesting a step-by-step reopening strategy. “It’s incredibly hard for businesses to sustain themselves when they’re forced to respond to ad hoc reopening announcements,” McDuffie says. He looks to states like Michigan, with clear reopening plans tied to the percentage of residents over the age of 16 who are vaccinated.



Labor: Job Growth Rate

Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch, filed a data report from over 350K clients. Some insights: The Small Business Jobs Index increased 4.33 percent from March to 98.34 in April, a positive indicator of job growth rate returning to pre-pandemic levels. The increase is in part driven by the comparison period of one year ago (detailed below). Each region, state, and metro area analyzed in April 2021 saw employment gains. The South leads all regions at 99.42. Photo: Raw Pixel

Technology: Digital Divide

In the recent article, Small Biz Trends asked, What does this digital divide mean for your small business? How are you as a small business looking at digital transformation with your company? Have you created a digital transformation plan? There are some resources to help guide you and this article helps you look at platforms for marketing, accounting, and project management. Photo: Raw Pixel

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