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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. Think Local First DC Virtual Open House, Thursday, April 8 at 6 pm EST
  • 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

Shuttered Vendors Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. 

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Musicians Lose Billion to Ilegal Streaming
Many businesses are unintentionally but illegally cheating musicians out of royalties by playing songs from streaming sites like Spotify that are not licensed for use in cafes, shops, restaurants, hair salons, and other businesses. A Swedish tech company is working to solve this issue, providing higher royalties to musicians and making it easier for businesses to follow the law, with Soundtrack Your Brand. Learn more from Yahoo!News.

Deferment for EIDL Extended
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022. All SBA disaster loans made in the calendar year 2020 will have the first payment due date extended 24-months from the date of the note. All SBA disaster loans made in the calendar year 2021 will have the first payment due date extended 18-months from the date of the note.

Vaccine Updates and Openings

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced this week that movie theaters can now open at 25% capacity or 25 people. Fitness classes are now permitted for 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, and some high school sports can resume. Additionally, outdoor socially distanced events of 50 people are now allowed.  See more In vaccine news as Mayor Bowser announces that all adults over 16 will be eligible for the vaccine.

Advocacy: The Moon Rabbit Address AAPI Hate
The Moon Rabbit Chef is launching a weekly event starting March 25th to benefit Stop AAPI Hate in response to rising attacks on the Asian American community. Each week, five different chefs and restaurants will contribute dishes for a takeout feast that feeds two and costs $150—most of which will be donated to Stop AAPI Hate after the businesses have been reimbursed. Read more here.

Labor: COVID Employer Mandates
As the access to the COVID-19 vaccine grows and employers update their safe opening and operations plans, many nonprofits and small businesses are considering requiring workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Is it legal to require the vaccine? What complications may arise from this decision? Can or must certain workers be exempt from the requirement?  Register for this workshop with DC Pro Bono Center.

Business: WeAspire Cohort App Opens
In 2021, DSLBD will provide cohort-based training for 40 returning citizen entrepreneurs, including 15 new businesses or aspiring entrepreneurs and 25 established businesses. Applications are now being accepted and will be accepted through April 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Learn more here.

Employment: Remote Working Increases in 2021
A new report from the Greater Washington Partnership estimated that the number of remote workers in the DC, Baltimore, and Richmond areas could increase as much as fivefold over pre-pandemic levels. The Washingtonian broke down four ways to view this change, from a hybrid of remote and office work to the negative impacts on the metro, downtown businesses, and small businesses owned by people of color.

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