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35 Finalists. 7 Categories. 1 Night. Local First Awards October 17, 2019!
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2019 Marketing and Media Partners
We Act Radio Network, WPFW 89.3FM, Capital Community News Magazines, BYT, and Washington Blade

2019 F&B Sponsors
Atlas Brew Works, BBQ Bus, Bluejacket, Cake Love in a Jar, Cotton & Reed, Dreaming Out Loud, Feast In a Basket, Honest Tea, Honeyflower Foods, and Right Proper Brewing Company.

2019 Sponsors
Folger Pratt, DC Housing Finance Agency, JBG Smith, Roadside Development, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Destination DC, Patrick’s Petcare, Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, City First Bank, Listen Local First, Chuck Levin's Music Center join us as event sponsors with shuttle services from nearby metro stations to be provided by Battle Transportation.

Local Spotlight

Pizza Paradiso, Ruth Gresser

Local First Awards
2019 Trailblazer Winner

Come celebrate this special award chosen by the Think Local First DC Board Members! The original Pizzeria Paradiso, located on the second floor of a small townhouse in Dupont Circle, opened its doors in November 1991.

Living Wage Certification Program

The Department of Small and Local Business Development awarded a grant to Think Local First DC to establish a Living Wage Certification Program within the Department. The Living Wage Certification Program will certify employers that meet the requirements of the program established below. We are conducting quantitative research and we need your help as local independent businesses in the District by completing this 2-minute survey and sign up for updates.

Announcing the 2019 Local First Awards Finalists

On September 18, we released the names of the 35 finalists nominated by you and our 131 2019 Local First Awards judges from the District. See who they are! 


MAKERS: Deanwood G.R.O.W.
Launched during 202 Creates Month, Deanwood G.R.O.W. is a community and citizen-centered campaign designed to raise awareness of Ward 7 creatives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who contribute to DC’s overall creative economy funded by DSLBD. Find out more at

POLITICS: Why DC Statehood?

In 2014, the New Columbia Statehood Commission was created to coordinate DC's statehood initiatives.  Mayor Bowser, Congresswoman Norton, along with residents of Washington, DC, are asking families and friends across the country to take a moment to learn more about their lack of full voting representation in the Congress of the United States. 

Upcoming events

DCRA In Your Neighborhood in NoMa

September 28 —

202Creates Closing 


 East of the River Book Festival


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