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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

Small Business Rising

Small Business Rising is a coalition of independent businesses and entrepreneurs standing up together to call on lawmakers to break up monopoly power and safeguard the right of independent businesses to compete and serve the needs of their communities, launched April 6, 2021. Think Local First DC is part of this joint campaign of more than 20 national and local independent business organizations representing more than 60,000 independent businesses, this coalition will play a critical role in helping policymakers understand how failed antitrust policies are harming real people and communities and what’s needed to solve this.

PPP Deadline Extended
Biden signs an extension of the small business loan program on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. President Biden extended the PPP application deadline to May 31st and the authorization of loans to June 30th. The bill received bipartisan support in Congress. Read more from MSN. If you are interested in applying for PPP for your business, click here to find a lender.

One Million Black Women
Goldman Sachs announced in late March, in partnership with Black women-led organizations and other partners, their new initiative One Million black Women, investing $10 Billion in direct investment capital and $100 million in philanthropic support. Read more about their recent research report, Black Womenomicsand this initiative.

Housing: Mayor Bowsers' CompPlan Gets Low Marks

Mayor Bowser’s 1500-page amendments to the city’s chief planning guide, the Comprehensive Plan (CompPlan), gets low marks from the DC Grassroots Planning Coalition (DCGPC), a prominent citywide planning organization.  “The Mayor’s Comp Plan changes do nothing to stop displacement, provide deeply affordable housing, or promote community-led equitable development,” said Parisa Norouzi, Executive Director of Empower DC, which leads the DCGPC. Read more here:

Labor: Employment Advisory Council Created

The EAC has 16 members who include regional and national business and philanthropic leaders, public sector innovators, and nonprofit activists. Members also learn about the impacts of mass incarceration on reducing career opportunities for millions of people through company policies and regulatory hiring barriers.

Public Art: Florals Drive Equity in Play Space

On May Day, [5/1/21] will be the first public art installation of Floralscapes lead by DMV designer and activist, Adele Kenworthy. Kenworthy partners with Empower DC, and local floral design studio, Sweet Root Village, to pop up green space in Ivy City, DC [Ward 5] as their protest for a park and community play space at the Cromwell School. Learn more and get involved.

Upcoming events
— April 10 
ideafest 3: technology 

— April 12 

— APRIL 15 & 16 



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