Our small businesses, particularly
our minority and women-owned small businesses, play such a pivotal
role in the overall economic success and cultural richness of the
District. As Chair of the Council’s Business and Economic Development
Committee, I've spent the last five years engaging the small business
community to come up with ways to help grow our local economy. I have
been fighting every day to make sure our favorite neighborhood stores
and restaurants keep the boards off the windows and DC resident
employees on the payroll.
Some of the key accomplishments on the Council I’m most proud of
- Establishing a $100 million grant program for eligible
businesses to aid their recovery from the pandemic, with a portion of
the funding that goes specifically to restaurants and retailers that
are owned by women or economically disadvantaged
Creating and securing funding for the
Commercial Property Acquisition
Fund to allow local
socially disadvantaged business owners to apply for grants to purchase
their commercial property right here in the District.
grant funding for community development financial institutions and
minority deposit institutions that provide critical access to capital
to entrepreneurs of color.
- Expanding Great Street and Maine Street programs to support the
growth and development of neighborhood businesses, beautify our
favorite commercial corridors, empower neighborhood-oriented
development, and attract and retain businesses to communities across
Now, more than ever, we need
leaders who do more than just say they support our local economy.
Actions speak louder than words.
As your next At-Large
Councilmember, I will continue to be a champion for community-oriented
economic development and make sure our small businesses bounce back
from the pandemic stronger than ever.
P.S We are knocking on doors,
phone-banking, and texting voters every week so if you would like to
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