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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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Local Spotlight


Rah'Mad Hawkins from HealTea is a Dreaming Out Loud DREAM Program graduate with a mission. HealTea was established in our hometown of Washington DC to promote good health and awareness for your life through convenient and intentionally crafted herbal teas. As colder weather approaches, a hot cup of tea might be just what we all need. “Reclaim this moment for self care!” and visit HealTea!


Our second local spotlight, Ije Obidegwu, another Dreaming Out Loud DREAM Program graduate! Pies on the Side is a fresh-baked dessert boutique/business that specializes in creating specialty pies and cakes for all occasions. They serve the DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia with a wide variety of pies, cakes, and desserts.

LEDC Launches Small Business Directory

Interested in supporting small businesses in your area but don’t know where to start? Take a look at the Latino Economic Development Center’s new business directory! Explore a wide variety of small minority-owned businesses offering all kinds of services. Check it out at

Shop Local Season starts November 1

From November 1 – December 31, Shop Indie Local celebrates locally owned businesses and works to increase spending at these businesses. Our campaign urges shoppers to take positive action and boost the ripple effect of economic and community benefits our neighborhoods, towns, and cities receive when we spend dollars at locally owned, independent businesses.

Voting: Chef Jose Andres Serves @ Voting Polls
The celebrity chef announced that the nonprofit group he founded, World Central Kitchen, will serve hot meals at voting sites on Election Day as part of its “chefs for the polls” initiative. To serve all those meals, the group said it would partner with food trucks and restaurants, helping keep small businesses open amid the continuing difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “Each of us has the most amazing civic responsibility to cast our vote,” he said. Read more here and Vote.

Arts: Governor Hogan Announces $20Mil Initiative
The $250 million ‘Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative,’ will provide funding from the Rainy Day Fund to directly assist restaurants, small businesses, local entertainment venues, arts organizations, and Main Streets across the state. This funding will expand existing programs such as the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Fund, as well as providing relief to restaurants, main streets, the arts, and tourism. Read more about the announcement from Governor Hogan.

Economy: Most Searched Word on Google?

The most-searched issue on Google in all but six states during the final presidential debate was wages. Asked if he still supports raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour even as businesses are struggling to stay open during the pandemic, Biden replied, “I do.” “I think one of the things we are going to have to do is we are going to have to bail them out, too — we should be bailing them out now, those small businesses,” he said. Trump said he opposes a higher federal wage floor, arguing it would hurt employers. Read more about the issue via Yahoo! News.

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