Monday, August 22, 2016

Great Streets August 2016 Newsletter -- Uncle Chip's Cookies and El Camino mentioned

From: Great Streets <>
Date: August 22, 2016 at 10:28:35 AM EDT
Subject: Great Streets August Newsletter

Newsletter l August Edition

Funding Availability: OPEN (view notification)

Great Streets Community, 

Welcome to our inaugural Great Streets Newsletter! The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you:

1. Informed. Whether it's sharing new funding opportunities, business trends, or data, we want to be a source of information to help better shape your business decisions. 

2. Connected. For existing grantees and Great Streets Alumni we want to ensure that we grow together as a learning community. This is an opportunity to learn from each other while we celebrate success of small businesses within the Great Streets Corridors.

Small businesses in Washington, DC are important to us, and we want to help businesses succeed. We have been out in the corridors meeting with past grantees, and current grantees learning from you; while also encouraging and educating prospective businesses about the program. 

Lastly, this newsletter isn't possible without input from our Great Streets business community like you. If you have any upcoming events, businesses successes, ribbon cutting, featured in a publication and you would like to share, please email us at and we'd be happy to feature it! 

Happy reading. 

Sybongile Cook, Great Streets Director 

On The Corridor

Are you Great Streets ready?

Are you ready for the upcoming funding round? Our mission is to ensure that all interested and qualified small businesses in our corridors are ready to apply! We support small businesses by providing capital improvement grants up to $50,000 for exterior and interior renovations and partial operational improvements. 

To begin, these are the program's main qualifiers:     

1. Is your business located in one of our corridors? Click here to view the map

2. Does your business promote foot traffic?
3. Has your business’s average annual revenue been under one million dollars for the past three years? 
4. Is your business service-oriented or is it a retail store? Click here to view ineligible businesses
If you answered "yes" to all of the questions above, let's proceed to the next step: 

Do you have the following: 
  • Basic Business License from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DOES)
  • "Good standing" status with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR), and Department of Employment Services (DOES)
  • Clean Hands certificate from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
  • Site control of business's location for at least two years
  • Property and liability insurance
If you're interested in applying, we highly recommend that you begin collecting the required documents as soon as possible to ensure that you’re able to submit your grant application before the deadline. Assistance is provided by small business technical providers all across the city. Please click here to find a provider near you

Resources for your business 
Find a Storefront

Access to Capital
Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking's Small Business Resources

Grants for Community, Faith-based, and 501(c)(3) Organizations
Office of Partnerships and Grant Services' Weekly Bulletin 

Small Business Assistance
Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA)
The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) provides business support services to small and retail businesses in eligible commercial areas in the District of Columbia. Click here for the list of SBTA providers

DC Main Streets Program    
DC Main Streets is a comprehensive program that promotes the revitalization of traditional business districts in the District of Columbia. Click here for a list of Main Streets.

More Opportunities
Grantee Storymap 
ATTN Great Streets Grantees: Would you like to be featured on the Great Streets website? Please email us at, and we will add you to the map! Click here to see an example

Project 500
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity launched their Project 500, which will support five hundred disadvantaged small businesses in the District grow in revenue and size over the next three years. 

Our events calendar is updated weekly to reflect upcoming events: 
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Networking events
  • Business Opportunities
  • Grantee events 
Access our calendar here

Are you interested in contributing to the newsletter? We're always looking for leads on upcoming events, news highlights, and business successes. All submissions must be sent to

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