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Washington Blade Turns 50 | 10.18.19
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Since 1969, the Washington Blade has worked to tell the stories of the LGBTQ community of the metro D.C. area. On October 18 at the Intercontinental Hotel, they celebrate 50 years of news, investigative journalism, and current and accurate stories for the community, by the community. Washington Blade is a media partner for the 2019 Local First Awards.

Female vs. Male Business Owners in 2020

Who is most optimistic about 2020, per “Female small business owners are more optimistic about going into next year than male small business owners. 84% of women small business owners expect year-over-year growth.” What are the four indicators for optimism?

3 Benefits and 5 Tips for an Employee Advocacy Strategy

In this article, you’ll discover how to leverage employee advocacy and how to develop an employee advocacy strategy. Review the biggest benefits and tips for development.

VOTING: Announcing the 2019 Local First Awards Public Voting

Have you voted yet? For the first time, we are opening the finalist vote to the public and we need you to support! See who they are! 

SMALLBIZ: ADP Says Small Business Hires Dropped
ADP reported Oct 2, 2019, “So far this year, small businesses tracked by ADP have added on average nearly 28,600 jobs a month, compared with 52,000 in 2018.” The August number was originally reported as 66,000. Read more and find out why.

HOUSING: Will Vacant Commercial space help with Affordable Housing?DC is looking at many ideas to deal with the housing issue in the District by turning vacant office space into subsidized apartments. But is this the most efficient way to address the issue? Read the report.


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