Howard University Community Connections Newsletter (dated 04-29-2019)
From: Howard University Community
Association Sent: Monday, April 29, 2019 5:00 PM Subject:Community Connections Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 4
monthly newsletter brought to you by the Howard University
Community Association, highlighting the University's contribution
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Development Team Selected For Howard University’s
Bond Bread / WRECO Project
WASHINGTON - Howard University has
identified its preferred development partner to redevelop the
Bond Bread Factory and Washington Railway & Electric Company
buildings, located across from Howard University Hospital, at
Georgia Avenue and V Street, NW.
This Bond Bread Project furthers Howard
University’s real estate strategy, championed by President
Wayne A. I. Frederick, to monetize underutilized real estate
assets and generate capital for mission-based reinvestment. The
project also fulfills Howard’s desire to revitalize the Georgia
Avenue corridor and create significant opportunities for minority
business participation in major projects.
The Howard University Board of Trustees
approved plans to enter into exclusive negotiations with EDENS,
Fivesquares Development and the Menkiti Group (The Bond
Partnership) to reimagine the 2.2-acre project into a 600,000
square foot mixed-use hub of activity.
Bread/WRECO presents a unique opportunity for Howard University
to energize the revitalization of our community. The Bond
Partnership has proposed a compelling destination for students
and the greater District of Columbia community that will generate
local jobs and offer value for Howard to reinvest in its
mission,” President Frederick said.
“We carefully selected this team because of
their innovative vision for the site, respect for its historic
structures, experience working with diverse stakeholders, and
their ability to generate value,” he added. “I am thrilled to
work together to transform this site into a thriving part of the surrounding
Shaw and Pleasant Plains neighborhoods.”
Small Business Development
Center assists new business, ‘The Village Café’
Three 23-year-old native Washingtonians—Kevon
King, Mahammad Mangum, and Ryan Williams – have created The
Village Café with the assistance of the Small Business
Development Center (SBDC) at Howard University.
The Village Café is located in Washington D.C.’s
thriving Union Market District. The restaurant is based on the
idea of collective market platforms, wherein businesses with
complimentary resources worked together to sustain one another.
To achieve this, the trio of DC entrepreneurs
realized that they needed to create a business plan that
addressed their unique vision; so they turned to SBDC at
Howard University for assistance. The SBDC helped the company
create a convincing business plan, put it in touch with partners
in the restaurant industry, and helped the company obtain
start-up funding. (Learn more about the SBDC in the next story of
The Village Cafe sources its products from
Southeast and Northeast D.C., including DC Urban Greens
for its produce, Southeastern Roastery for its coffee, and
Good Thoughts Tea Company for its tea. Under the
management of Williams, who graduated from the Culinary Institute
of America, the cafe serves light fare and pastries and,
eventually, will offer handcrafted cocktails, wine, and beer. The
cafe also works with organizations such as Dreaming Out Loud,
whose efforts include creating equal access to fresh, healthy
In addition, the cafe hosts events that bring
different communities together. Future plans include sign
language classes taught by members of the Gallaudet University
community, “Village Talks” about healthy eating, and children’s
story time with Politics and Prose bookstore.
Small Business Development
Center at Howard University
You know you want to start a business, but
what do you do next? Howard University and the Small
Business Administration can help you with your first steps.
The District of Columbia Small Business
Development Center (DC SBDC) Lead Center has been located at
the Howard University School of Business since 1979. The center
is a co-operative program in partnership between the U.S Small
Business Administration and Howard University.
The DC SBDC has served tens of thousands of
small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Howard alumnus
Carl E. Brown, Jr., has served as executive director since 2016.
DC SBDC consultants work with entrepreneurs in
confidential, individualized sessions to help them with a range
of business issues including testing a new business proposition,
shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and
much more. This assistance is offered at no charge to residents
and small business owners in the District of Columbia. The DC
SBDC network also provides free or low-cost business management
The DC SBDC Network is a part of the Small
Business Development Center national network, the federal
government’s largest small business management and technical
The Lead Center at Howard is designated as the
District of Columbia SBDC Lead Center, and is housed within the Howard
University School of Business. The office is located at 2600 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20059.
The nationally accredited program provides high quality
one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to
empower new and existing businesses.
For additional information on the services and
resources of the DC SBDC network, visit the DC SBDC network’s
website at www.dcsbdc.org
call the DC SBDC Lead Center at the Howard University School of
Business at 202-806-1550.
Pleasant Plains Workforce
Development Scholarship Fund
The Howard University
Community Association joined the DC Opportunities
Industrialization Center (DC OIC) and members of the Pleasant
Plains Civic Association (PPCA) for graduation ceremonies
on February 19 and March 19 for the inaugural cohort of
students awarded scholarships for their participation in the
HVAC job training program of Pleasant Plains Community
Workforce Development Scholarship Fund.
The job training program was
part of the community benefits package provided by the
developers of the newly opened Trellis House, located at
2332 Sherman Ave., NW, near Howard University’s central campus.
The workforce development program was established through an
agreement between the PPCA, Howard University, the developers
of the Trellis House, and DC Opportunities Industrialization
Center. The goal is to train 50 people who live within a 1.5
mile radius of the Trellis House in HVAC and other types of job
skills training over the next three to five years.
The developer contributed an
initial $500,000 to the program, and the PPCA is setting up a
501(c)(3) entity that can receive similar contributions to
continue the training program in the future. The intent is to
train area residents for jobs that will be lucrative enough to
allow them to rent and/or purchase housing in the area where
development is occurring.
The initial funding is being
provided to support trainees for scholarship assistance,
recruitment, case management, monitoring and placement
services. It also supported the PPCA in establishing the
non-profit job training entity as well as Howard
University’s Center for Urban Progress for program
The fund is overseen by the
Scholarship Committee of the PPCA, which is appointed by the
civic association’s president. Since September 2018, seven
students have enrolled and graduated from the program.
For more information, contact: Tony Norman, email tbnorman29@gmail.
com or Patrick Nelson, email pjn730@yahoo. com
HU EAST OF THE RIVER
Howard University participates
in "Anacostia River
the flagship station of the Howard University Radio Network,
served as the official media partner of the Anacostia River
Festival on April 20.
The festival was hosted in collaboration with
the National Park Service, The 11th Street Bridge Park,
and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This fifth
annual family-friendly event took place at Anacostia Park located
in Ward 8.
Activities included a bike zone and pop-up
bike shop, live musical performances, fashion and arts vendors,
and healthy food preparation demonstrations. On-the-river water
activities showcased boating and water safety, fishing, and
Howard University Hospital
hosted a table to disseminate information on summer safety tips,
general health information, and provided blood pressure
screenings to festival participants. Thousands from Anacostia,
along with residents from across the city, attended.
TIAA Supports THE STORE@HU
On April 24, Howard University administrative
leaders joined executives from Teachers Insurance and Annuity
Association (TIAA) to restock pantry shelves at the new
Howard student food pantry, known as THE STORE@HU.
Food insecurity is a major problem across the
nation. THE STORE@HU student food pantry opened in January 2019
to specifically address health and wellness needs of Howard
University students. Alleviating short-term food insecurity among
students is an important way to enhance educational success and
TIAA, a Howard University community partner,
selected THE STORE@ HU as one of the recipients of its annual
company food drive this year. TIAA helped restock the pantry with
1,220 pounds of non-perishable food items donated by its
TIAA managing director for institutional solutions and
relationships attended the event along with TIAA employees. Also
in attendance were: Larry Callahan, Howard University’s
vice president for human resources, and Dr. Valarie Turner,
director of HU Off Campus Housing and Community Engagement; HU
Volunteer Corps members and HU Peer Educators.
Heart Healthy Howard: A Food
In a collaborative partnership with the Office
of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement, HU Dining and
the American Heart Association (AHA) hosted the “Heart
Healthy Howard,” a healthy cooking showcase on April 25.
The event raised awareness of the importance
of heart healthy and mindful eating. "Heart Healthy
Howard" took place at two campus locations: Blackburn Center
and Bethune Annex cafeterias. Students, staff and faculty were
provided with sample 'heart healthy' foods, giveaways and
recipes. Community partners participants included Jessica
Moise, AHA senior director for community impact and other AHA
representatives, and various university officials including Student
Life and Activities, Human Resources, HU Staff
Organization, Student Health Center and the Department
of Nutritional Sciences.
Founded in 1867, Howard
University is a private, research university that is comprised of
13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120
areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional
degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence
in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes
Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one
Schwarzman Scholar, over 70 Fulbright Scholars and 22
Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus
African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in
the United States. www.howard.edu
University Community Association ph: 202-806-2489 &
of Off-Campus Housing & Community Engagement ph: 202-806-9216
University Hospital Community Relations ph: 202-865-4238