Local businesses need your ongoing support. Please continue to patronize our small and local businesses as much as you are able, taking advantage of in-store, delivery, pick-up, and online services. Tenleytown is still open for business, we’re just doing business a little differently right now. Below find links to restaurants offering delivery, updates from other retailers and merchants, and resources for local business owners. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Shop local.


Tenleytown Businesses Open

The Tenleytown Main Street Business Directory has updated information on the status of Tenleytown businesses, including hours of operation, online ordering options, curbside pick-up, and special discounts. Click here to access the searchable directory or download the free TMS mobile app through the App Store or Google Play (key phrase: Tenleytown Main Street). As we receive information, we will update directory listings.


Tenleytown Restaurant Delivery

Click here for delivery options offered by local restaurants on widely available delivery apps.


Resources For Small and Local Business Owners

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Grants, Loans, & Other Financial Assistance

US Small Business Administration (SBA) Coronavirus Relief Options
In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), EIDL Loan Advance, bridge loans, and debt relief.

Ferdinand Metz / American Culinary Federation (ACF) Relief Fund
The Ferdinand Metz / American Culinary Federation (ACF) Relief Fund was established to provide timely financial assistance to chefs, cooks, and foodservice workers experiencing hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Foodservice workers may apply for up to $500 by completing this form.

The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program
Main Street America and The Hartford have partnered to offer grants up to $15,000 for brick-and-mortar small businesses. Grants are intended to support businesses in responding and adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. At least half of grants awarded will be reserved for minority, woman, veteran, disabled, and/or LGBTQ-owned businesses. Applications open the week of July 27 and will be accepted until the week of August 24, or once 500 applications have been submitted, whichever comes first. Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Click here for more information. Applications are now closed. A second round of grant applications will open soon.

LISC Small Business Relief Grants
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has opened its 5th round of small business grants of up to $20,000 for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Preference will be given to women-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned and economically disadvantaged businesses. Businesses that applied during previous rounds must reapply. Applications are due Monday, August 3 by 11:59 p.m. Click here to apply online.


Reopening Resources

District of Columbia Resources
Latest information from the DC government, including financial assistance programs and resources for employers and workers.

Phase One Re-Opening in DC
Includes the mayor’s re-opening order and sector specific health guidance.

Phase Two Re-Opening in DC
Includes the mayor’s re-opening order and sector specific health guidance.

Streatery Registration Form
Restaurants seeking to expand or add outdoor seating must complete this form. Streateries can include sidewalk cafes, parklets, or a designated food and retail zone.

TMS Health & Cleaning Starter Kits
Tenleytown Main Street has a limited supply of Health & Cleaning Starter Kits for Phase 1 and Phase 2 small businesses located within the boundaries of Tenleytown Main Street. These kits include masks, gloves, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, and bleach.

Back to Brick & Mortar: A Guidebook to Help Independent Retailers Re-Enter Storefronts Safely
Produced by &Access, a DC firm focused on supporting community-serving retail, this guide provides practical advice and easy-to-use worksheets to prepare for healthy business operations, a safe customer experience, staff training, and customer communications. Download here

Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit: Resources for Restaurants and Bars
The business experts at Streetsense have created a toolkit to help restaurants map out a plan to reopen and rebuild. Their practical guide provides tips and advice on creating financial and operational plans to reopen, weathering a potential second wave, communicating effectively with staff and customers, and diversifying business to adapt to the new normal. Download here

COVID-19 Reopening Guidance: A Guide for the Restaurant Industry
The National Restaurant Association’s Reopening Guidance Task Force partnered with government, health, and industry experts to develop a set of opening and operating guidelines to help restaurants return to full operation safely. Their guide addresses food safety, cleaning and sanitizing, employee health monitoring and personal hygiene, and social distancing. Download here


Free & Discounted Offers for Local Business Assistance


Legal Advice from the DC Bar Pro Bono Center
The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is an independent, nonprofit organization that helps small businesses and community-based nonprofits needing legal assistance. The Center is currently offering remote brief legal advice to small business owners impacted by COVID-19. You can request assistance online at: probono.center/remotesmallbizclinic. The Center will follow up with you by email to schedule a time for you to talk with a volunteer attorney for free. Consultations will last up to 45 minutes.

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is also facilitating remote legal consultations with small business owners to review their options under the CARES Act and other loan and grant programs. Consultations will last up to 1 hour.  Register for a consultation at: probono.center/covid19financialrelief.

Signs, Banners, & Balloons

DC Signage for Businesses
The District of Columbia has created a series of signs that businesses may use to remind customers to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Download and print signs from coronavirus.dc.gov/phasetwo.

“Shop Tenleytown. We’re Open!”
Balloon Zoom wants to gift a custom “Shop Tenleytown. We’re Open!” balloon to each Tenleytown Main Street business. For delivery when businesses reopen, the balloons are intended to encourage neighbors to shop Tenleytown businesses and give business owners a concrete way to show their support of other local businesses. Sign up to receive a free custom balloon here.

Signs.com Offering Free, Printable signs
Signs.com provides free, printable signs to let your customers know if you are temporarily closed, have updated hours, or have specific social distancing measures. View and print available signs at www.signs.com/coronavirus-signage/


Discounted Printing at The UPS Store
The UPS Store, 4200 Wisconsin Ave, is offering 50% off printing for any business in zip codes 20007, 20008, and 20016. Available services include disposable menus, flyers, outdoor banners, posters, and A-frame inserts. Contact the UPS Store at (202) 363-8044 to receive a half-price quote. As an essential business, they are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; and Sunday, 12 – 5 pm.

Delivery Services

Revel Scooters Offers Free-Membership to Restaurants
Revel, a shared electric moped company, is providing a one-month free membership to DC restaurants to support delivery services. Revel mopeds are licensed, street legal vehicles that can be driven by your existing employees, aged 21+ with valid driver’s license. If your restaurant needs vehicles to meet delivery demand, contact Revel at communityaffairs@gorevel.com.