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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
Local Spotlight

Mother's Day - May 9th

Mother’s day is May 9th this year. Check out these articles for #SmallBiz tips for mother’s day. This article from Buzzfeed has 30 gifts you can purchase from small businesses for mother’s day. If your business is looking for ways to market your products this Mother’s day, check out this guide from Thrive Hive for tips such as offering a discount, creating a social media countdown, or supporting a charity. Photo Raw Pixel

COVID-19 and Returning to Work
In a webinar from the Greater Washington Board of Trade, panelists Dr. Jesse Goodman, Director, Reggie Jones, and Shyam Kannan discussed what you need to consider when preparing to reopen your workplace. The panelists stressed the low risk of taking public transit to work, the importance of following CDC guidelines to avoid liability, and the fact that employers can ask employees whether they are vaccinated as long as they keep that information confidential. Watch the whole webinar here.

Are Supplier Diversity Programs Failing?
Harvard Business Review Inclusion Strategist, Denise Hamilton, notes "Listen. If you sincerely want to help Black businesses, try asking them what they need and listen to their answers."  Hamilton offers specific insight and detail on how companies can deliver, not over-promise, and how adequately support minority-owned businesses hurts the entire economy. Read more here. Photo Raw Pixel

Transportation: Ticket Amnesty for Drivers

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a new four-month program that will allow eligible drivers to have any penalties that have accrued on their unpaid tickets to be temporarily forgiven in order to give drivers a chance to pay back those tickets. The penalties will be added back on after the four-month period.

Housing: Eviction Protection

From Politico: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on April 19, 2021, unveiled a rule cracking down on debt collectors to stop them from forcing renters from their homes during a nationwide eviction ban, which expires June 30th. The new rule requires debt collectors to notify tenants of their rights under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent. The CFPB warned that debt collectors who evict tenants could face prosecution. About 9 million tenant households are behind on rental payments, according to the CFPB. 

Upcoming events
— April 29 
BGE Small biz grant workshop

— MAY 4 
Federal grants: friend or foe?

— MAY 21-23 



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