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— JULY 24, 2018 —
The Unplugged Series: The Builder Dinner: Early Bird Tix Close Soon!

The Builder Dinner is hosted by City First Bank and Lee's Flower Shop and curated by Think Local First! Sponsored in part by Pepco Holdings, City First Bank, Truss, DC Brau and Access Green, this special event will unveil transforming stories and fruitful discussions from Nicole Hollander [JBG], Paul Ruppert [Warehouse Industries], Jerri Evans [Turning Natural], Bo Menkiti [Menkiti Group], Michael Babin, [Neighborhood Restaurant Group], Lisa Banusiewicz [Truss] and Virginia Arrisueño [DeNada]. Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now!  #thebuilderdinner
 
#ThinkLocalFirst Market Has a NEW Location!
We are excited to be participating in #IndieWeek. Celebrate your Independents at Think Local First DC Market! Independents Week celebrates the spirit of entrepreneurism and community and encourages people to choose local small businesses for their shopping, dining, and services.


Understanding the Rise of Intrapreneurship

What is intrapreneurship? The essential characteristic of intrapreneurs is that they apply the principles of entrepreneurship to the roles they fill within a company rather than in a startup venture, Forbes reports. Intrapreneurs are vital to the continued success of organizations, which is why more and more companies are choosing to embrace intrapreneurship. Workers who embody the concept are willing to take risks to solve problems.

How to Rebrand in a Way that Bears Fruit

“There’s always an opportunity to remind your clients that you care about them and that you’re willing to go the extra mile to put a smile on their faces — even if it’s with an initiative as simple as producing a quarterly newsletter to keep them up to date on company or industry developments. Take the lessons of rebranding from Coke and Pepsi and use them for your business!

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Custom Cuisine Wins School For Food Pitch Competition
On Saturday, June 30th, we watched as four food entrepreneurs pitched their businesses for a Grand Prize! And the winner is...Monique Coleman of Custom Cuisine wins the School for Food Pitch Competition powered by Cureate, Dreaming Out Loud and Us! Look out for the Custom Cuisine booth coming soon to at Union Market DC and their food on shelves at Good Food Markets. Thanks to the other small businesses: Winters Sweet Tooth, Grub Rockstar Catering, and NATIVSol Kitchen! 
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1. RETAIL: Federal Ruling Levels Playing Field for Brick and Mortar

 On June 21, The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its anticipated decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair. The case challenges South Dakota’s application of its sales tax to internet retailers who sell into South Dakota but have no property or employees in the state.

2. CREATIVE: How to Free Up Funds in Your Inventory

It’s a good idea to keep as much money in your pocket as possible for a rainy day instead of having too much of it tied up in inventory. Here are three ways to do that.

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— juLY 11, 2018 —

DC PTAC Summit

Each year DC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) brings together local businesses and procurement representatives from federal, local, and state government agencies for its annual Small Business Summit (SBS). This day-long event includes procurement and entrepreneurial breakout sessions, workshops, exhibits, one-on-one matchmaking, and more! Registration is Free.
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—JULY 28-AUGUST 5, 2018—

Made in DC Showcase at Citi Open: Call for Makers!

The Citi Open Tennis Tournament is proud to be a member of the D.C. community for the past 50 years. During the tournament, businesses across the District have the opportunity to engage guests at a booth on the tournament grounds for FREE! Through the Made in DC Showcase, local businesses and non-profits reach the more than 70,000 attendees and align their brand with a distinct and proud DC identity during one of the tournament sessions on July 29 – August 5 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.
For more information, contact apinkerton@linksp.com & jholtz@linksp.com!

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