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New Straw and Stirrer Requirements and Roundtable with DOEE

Starting January 1, 2019, the Mayor's list of Recyclables and Compostables requires the use of compostable and/or reusable straws or stirrers when serving and selling food and beverages in the District.  Join the informational roundtable with DOEE on Wednesday, January 30th from 2-3:30 pm at Farmers & Distillers (600 Massachusetts Ave., NW) to discuss the new and current requirements. Click here to RSVP.

20 Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2019 

“Businesses will prioritize employee happiness.  Business News Daily compiled a list of business trends and predictions to help businesses start 2019 successfully. These 20 key ideas will likely be important focuses moving forward and should be on every small business owner's radar.” Finish reading the list and find out what you can use.

Calabash Tea & Tonics: New Location

The 2018 Local First Awards Green Thumb Winner, along with local community support, recently exceeded their crowdfunding campaign to open new doors in Brookland in 2019!  Calabash serves aromatic teas and tonics for all moods, locally baked vegan treats, kombucha on tap, and fair trade coffee. Visit their Shaw location.

Is the Housing Market in a Correction?  

“A new survey from the NAHB, which has yet to be released, found 41 percent of builders reported reducing prices as a sales incentive for July through October, up from 26 percent a year earlier. Single-family housing starts fell more than 13 percent last month from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Census.” How will this impact housing in 2019?

Think Local First DC's Workforce for All Seeks Employers  

Think Local First DC (TLF) is partnering with DC's Department of Human Services (DHS) to match DC residents with locally-owned businesses. DHS recruits, screens, and matches eligible participants with the job opportunities identified by TLF.  Got a vacancy in your us!

Made in DC: Which Areas Have the Highest Share of DC-born Residents?  

For a current snapshot of DC residents with deep roots who grew up here, DC Policy Center reviewed the place of birth estimates from the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey, calculating census tract-level estimates for adults ages 18 and older reporting they were born in D.C. Find out more HERE.




Next Steps for DC Government Contracting Success

JAN 9: You’re certified, now what? Let us show you what the next steps are to getting started with leveraging your CBE certification. DSLBD Small Business Center will explore Business development success factors and how to apply them to government procurement. RSVP Here!


2019 The Builder Dinner: Making an Impact

FEB 21: The Unplugged Series: The Builder Dinner returns February 21, 2019, hosted by the International Trade Center in the Rotunda Room. Early Bird Tickets On Sale December 17th For sponsoring partnerships email:






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