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NEW Think Local First DC Membership

#ThinkLocalDC New Membership Benefits and Pricing will be unveiled on February 3, 2020! Stay tuned!


The Employer Advocate Seminar Returns

Local Spotlight

39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk & Parade

On January 20, 2020, the MLK Jr Day DC Parade begins at 11 am at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE and Good Hope Rd SE. This year's theme is Our Vision 2020: Count Me, Count My Vote. So come out and commemorate the work of this iconic leader. For more information visit
“It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.” MLK Jr., March 31, 1968, Washington, DC

Top 5 Trends for Small Businesses
According to USA Today, the gig economy is dying, millennials are reshaping the economy, and more small businesses should play it safe in 2020. What do you think? Check the list out here!

Great Street Grants Awarded $2.3 Million
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Interim Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio awarded over $2.3 million in the FY20 Great Streets Small Business Grants to 48 local small businesses. See the list of grantees!

ENVIRONMENT: National Environmental Policy Act | 30 years
American Business Sustainable Council announced Tuesday, The White House has proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that could have disastrous consequences for the environment, the economy, and businesses across sectors. Visit the website, find out more and comment.

BUSINESS: What is WFY50?
Individuals age 55-65 account for 65% of all startups. LEDC’s Small Business program has partnered with the AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ (WFY50) initiative to help older adults with limited income explore options for self-employment and increase their financial stability. Workshops begin January 21. Sign up now!

Upcoming events
— January 18 —

Let Freedom Ring @ THEARC



— February 22, 2020 —

Capital Access Expo


— MARCH 14, 2020 —

A MakeHER Marketplace

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