41 finalists compete in 7 categories on 10.18.18!

These businesses each represent the diverse ways a business make a positive impact on the neighborhoods they serve throughout the District.  A distinguished panel of judges, comprised of local business and community leaders, artists, journalists and citizens from around D.C. crowdsourced and selected the finalists.


DC Maker

A local business, entrepreneur or artist who designs, makes, produces, and/or assembles a product in the District of Columbia that makes an impact.

Hunny Bunny Boutique | Dangerously Delicious Pies | Peregrine Espresso | Right Proper Brewing Company | DeNada Designs | Kicheko Goods

Ripple Effect

A business that supports the local economy by purchasing supplies and services from other local businesses, creating a “ripple effect” as money circulates within the local community.

Steadfast Supply | Washington Area Bicyclists AssociationCureate Connect | The Spice Suite | Boundary Stone - Public House of Note | Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation


High Road

A model employer who puts their people first by providing quality jobs, fostering a positive work environment, and championing beneficial business practices.

Miss Pixie's | Busboys and Poets | Ace Hardware | Tenleytown Trash | Clean Decisions

Green Thumb

An environmental champion who works to improve the local community through sustainable practices, products or services. This local business or individual significantly reduces waste or consumption, creates green products and/or provides green services.

Up Top Acres | Pleasant Pops | Calabash Tea & Tonic | By Any Greens Necessary | Atlas Brew Works | Clean Choice Energy


A local community developer, investor, or lender with deep roots in the community and known for positive investments in DC’s people, culture, and future.

Emory Fellowship - The Beacon Center | Industrial Bank | Menkiti Group | New Columbia Solar | PN Hoffman | Diverse City Fund


Community Champion

A local business owner who makes a significant and noticeable
impact in the community across a range of categories.

Nubian Hueman | Yes Organic! | Mess Hall | WACIF | Glen's Market | One Love Massive



A local business, entrepreneur, or artist who inspires with a creative new idea, product, perspective, model and/or solution.

Capitol Fringe | Pow! Wow! | Dreaming Out Loud | Shop Made in DC MarketFoodhini  | The Pink Line Project




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