Local businesses need your ongoing support. Please continue to patronize our small and local businesses as much as you are able, taking advantage of 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

Click here for the status of Tenleytown businesses, including including online ordering options, curbside pick-up, special discounts, and closures. As we receive information, we will update the list.

Tenleytown Restaurant Delivery

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

Resources For Small and Local Business Owners

District of Columbia Business Recovery Resources

Latest information from the DC government, including financial assistance programs and resources for employers and workers

Grants, Loans, & Other Financial Assistance

TMS Small Business Microgrants
Tenleytown Main Street is accepting applications for technical and/or financial assistance from Tenleytown small businesses impacted by the public health emergency.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; as additional funds become available, TMS will make additional awards.  Apply online at bit.ly/COVID-19-Biz-Impact.

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.

Hello Alice
Hello Alice is offering $10,000 grants to small business owners impacted by the coronavirus, as part of their broader mission to ensure Business for All. Businesses may apply for emergency grants by completing the full Business For All application, including the COVID-19 Emergency Grants section. Applications are due by July 16, but businesses are encouraged to submit their applications early. Click here to apply.

LISC Small Business Relief Grant
With support from Verizon and other donors, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is offering grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Preference will be given to women-owned, minority-owned, and economically disadvantaged businesses. Applications for the third round of grants are now open and due May 20. Click here to apply.

Reopening Resources

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.


Pro-Bono Loan Assistance & Strategic Planning
The DC-based CFO Services Group is providing a FREE loan assistance and strategic planning session to any small business or non-profit as part of their effort to ensure the stability of DC’s small business community. If you need help preparing your financial statements, applying for financial relief programs, or in general planning, schedule an appointment online by clicking here.

Signs, Banners, & Balloons

BaseCamp offering Free Signs and Banners
BaseCamp DC is offering local businesses a free or discounted indoor poster or outdoor vinyl banner. Free sizes include 2×3 vinyl banner, 2×4 vinyl banner, or 2×3 indoor paper poster. Design services available. Signs can be picked up at 1929 18th St, NW or delivered to you for a $12 fee. More details at this link.

Gelberg Signs Offering Free Signs to Essential Businesses
Gelberg Signs, a DC Certified Business Enterprise, will provide a free sign to essential businesses to let customers know you’re open for business. All signs are sized 16″ x 24″ and available in a step stake or window mount. Also available – social distancing decals and floor signs for retailers to remind customers to maintain appropriate spacing. To order, call call 202-882-7733 or 240-372-7148. The signs and decals will be free for pick up at their DC factory located just a short drive from Tenleytown at 6511 Chillum Place, NW 20012.

Minuteman Press Offering Free Banners to say Open for Business
Minuteman Press is offering free banners to local businesses in the DC area. They will make a 3′ x 4′ banner that will include grommets for easy hanging. To order, email print@minutemanpress-dc.com. Include the following information for the banner: 1) Phone number; 2) For restaurants, indicate Carry-Out or Delivery/Curbside Service; and 3) A high resolution logo. Please provide your name and business name at the time of order. Limit 1 per location. Pick up the banners at 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW 20001. Call 202-347-6777 for more information.

Project S•A•F•E
Project S•A•F•E is a set of FREE social distancing tools used to reduce community spread of COVID-19.  They are currently offering sets of floor labels that encourage spacing between those waiting in queues. The system has been designed based on user research to solve this problem in the simplest way possible. Learn more and complete a free order at this link.

“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.

Tenleytown Business Briefs

Regular updates from Tenleytown Main Street providing the latest information and resources to help your business during this difficult period. Subscribe here.

May 19 — New PPP info, retail waivers & grants
May 13 — DC Stay-at-Home Order Extended; Pilot Retail Program Announced
May 7 — Reopening Resources & New Protections for Businesses
May 5 — DC wants YOUR input on Reopening Businesses, plus grant deadlines approaching
April 30 — Ideas to move business online and more grants
April 28 — Upcoming grant deadlines; e-commerce assistance
April 23 — More money coming to small businesses
April 21 — Facebook grants open 4/22 PLUS tips to secure your business
April 15 — DC Extends Health Emergency to May 15
April 8 — COVID-19 Mortgage/Rent Relief PLUS Thryv and TMS grants
April 2 — Paycheck Protection Program
March 30 — DC Microgrant Deadline 3/31, plus NEW assistance available
March 25 — Business Closure Order & New Assistance Available
March 24 — DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants
March 23 —  NEW COVID-19 Funds & Resources
March 20 — COVID-19: SBA Loans, Business Grants, & Other Assistance
March 18 — Available Assistance for Impacted Businesses
March 16 — New Restrictions on Business Operations Issued
March 16 — Coronavirus Updates & Information