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We will open our doors and welcome the community we serve, for our first Think Local First DC Virtual Open House, Thursday, April 8 at 6 pm EST.  Our role in the DC Local Business Economy continues to shape how we move as the only Independent Business Association in DC and the Metropolitan Washington Area. Engage with our NEW Co-Executive Directors and Board of Directors, as we continue to support YOU!  Plus, meet our NEW community and strategic partners investing in our local business membership benefits, programs, and events for 2021.
  • Derek Peebles, Executive Director, AMIBA
  • William D. Simmons II. Senior Product Advisor, Heartland
  • Stephen Sterling, Executive VP & Co-Founder, and DW Ferrell, CEO & Co-Founder, Localight
  • Jason Wrenn, Account Manager, Careclix
  • Donna Cooper, Region President, and Mellanie Lassiter, Sr. Manager of Corporate Relations, Pepco Holdings
Local Spotlight

Celebrate Women Biz Owners

"It's #WomensHistoryMonth and International Women's Day [3/8/21] and the District is fortunate to have so many women-owned businesses! Join Us and DSLBD, as we celebrate with our dollars shopping and using the services from a District, woman-owned business this month. Don't forget to post a picture on social media with the hashtag #iBuyDC, #shoplocal, #ThinkLocalDC, and #IWD2021.

Test Your Tax Skills
Here’s a chance to test your knowledge of the rules for deductibility for business-related food and beverages and/or entertainment and how much, if any, of a given expenditure can be claimed as an ordinary and necessary expense of conducting a trade or business under Sec. 162. Take the Quiz here!

Resilience + Gratitude
The pandemic has made resiliency more important and yet more challenging than ever before. This article suggests 4 ways to build resilience through gratitude by: 1) Building enduring personal resources, 2) maintaining and forming personal relationships, 3) rewiring your brain, and 4) reminding yourself that you will get through this.

LISC DC Fellowship
The Oramenta Newsome Community Development Fellowship is a 10 week paid internship opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, mid-career professionals and local DC residents that have expressed and exhibited a keen interest in the community or economic development and/or entrepreneurship. Fellows will be placed in local small business support nonprofit organizations that share LISC’s vision for Washington, DC to be an inclusive, community-driven, and equitable city for everyone. Closes March 21!

Tourism: DC Plans to Bring Tourists Back
Events DC and Destination DC have put out a joint RFP for new advertising campaigns to bring tourists to DC not only after the pandemic but at “every phase of Covid opening and recovery.” Destination D.C. President and CEO Elliott Ferguson said in a statement, “When the pandemic subsides, and more people are traveling, there’s going to be a lot of competition to win consumers back.” DC wants to make sure it attracts its “fair share of visitors.”

Real Estate: New Research and Innovation Campus
The old Walter Reed Army Medical Center location in Northwest D.C. is set to become the site of the nation’s first research, innovation campus focused on children’s health. The campus is a partnership between Children’s National Hospital, Virginia Tech, and Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS. Read more about the collaboration here.

Cannabis: Adult-Use Cannabis Program
Mayor Muriel Bowser has introduced a bill called the Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2021 that will legalize the sale of adult-use cannabis in the district. The Washington Informer writes that If passed by the end of this year, adult-use cannabis sales could start by Oct. 1, 2022. Products would be restricted to persons 21 and older and taxed at 17%.

Tech: Arlington and DC + Women in Tech
Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., took the top spots in SmartAsset’s annual Best Cities for Women in Tech report according to DC fell to number two last year where it remained this year, while Arlington rose from third place last year to first place this year. The report takes into account factors such as the number of tech jobs filled by women, housing compared to income, the gender pay gap, and tech employment growth.

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