Tenleytown Business Brief – June 19, 2024

June 27, 2024


News and resources to help your business thrive


Main Street Announcements

Hello TMS Family!


Our next event in Tenleytown is approaching quickly! We will be celebrating Bastille Day on Saturday, June 13 from 2-4 pm in Fessenden Park. Our block ambassadors will be coming to businesses in the corridor to distribute posters about this event. Thank you all for your continued support in helping us advertise our events by hanging our posters in your store fronts.

Even as we prepare for Bastille Day, we are working hard to plan for Art All Night which will take place on Saturday, September 28. This year, I want to use this as an opportunity to highlight our businesses. Please contact me directly if you would like to be involved. There are hosting and sponsorship opportunities available. Please reach out if you are interested in participating. Let’s make this the best Art All Night yet!


See you in Tenleytown!

Noah Getz
Executive Director


Important Business Updates

New ABC Manager Endorsement

Off- and On-Premises Retailer license holders will be able to apply for an ABC Manager Endorsement which will permit them to register up to five (5) employees as ABC Managers. A business will be able to request to add more than the permitted five (5) employees at an additional annual cost per employee. DC law requires either the licensee or at least one licensed ABC Manager to be on duty and on-premises to sell or serve alcohol.


Outdoor Service Endorsements, Cannabis on Patios

Before a business may sell, serve, or allow the consumption of alcohol outdoors, it must have either:

Sidewalk Cafe — Permits alcohol service in outdoor PUBLIC space such as the sidewalk directly in front of a business.

Summer Garden — Permits alcohol service in outdoor PRIVATE space such as a courtyard or rooftop.

Regardless of the endorsement type or combination thereof, no business may permit the smoking or consumption of cannabis products on-premises (indoor or outdoor).


ABCA Compliance Filings

Filings must be submitted by June 30th for:

– Hotels, Restaurants, and Brew Pub license holders for activity that occurred between April 1st and June 30th (Q2).

– Caterer and Third-Party Delivery license holders for activity that occurred between January 1st & June 30th.

Fines for late filings may be assessed starting on Tuesday, July 2. Questions should be directed to ABCA.Compliance@dc.gov.


Submit Your Claim for Payment Card Settlement

If you accepted Visa or Mastercard credit or debit cards between 2004 and 2019 you may be eligible to receive a portion of a $6 billion settlement. The deadline to file a claim is August 30.

Learn more and submit claim here.


Tell Congress: No to Proposed Ban on Service Charges

The Federal Trade Commission wants to eliminate service charges, changing the way chefs set prices, driving the cost of dining even higher, and altering how servers are paid.

Learn more here.


Action Required! Renewal Deadline
The Department of Consumer Protection and Licensing (DLCP formerly DCRA) has issued important updates regarding the renewal process for businesses. Your
My DC Business Center Dashboard will display your number of licenses eligible for renewal. DLCP will also send you renewal notifications every 30 days from the day your license becomes eligible for renewal until its expiration date, with a final notice sent seven (7) days before expiration. Please continue to monitor your email inbox for updates specific to your account.

Current Grant Opportunities

If you would like help preparing your application for any of these opportunities please contact Tenleytown Main Street at info@tenleytownmainstreet.org.


AAPI Restaurant Fund

Amount: $5,000-$2,500

Deadline: June 22nd

More info here

The AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund, made possible by the Grubhub Community Fund, is designed to benefit Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander-owned restaurants across the country. Applications can be for infrastructure improvements, e-commerce and technology, employee benefits, and operations streamlining  The restaurant must be Asian American/Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian majority-owned (at least 51%.)


Verizon/LISC Small Business Grants

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 28th

Learn more here

The Verizon Small Biz Grant is back. You must create an account and complete two grant-eligible courses or events to unlock the application.


QuickBooks Grant Program

Award: $20,000

Deadline: June 30th

Learn more here

Intuit is offering $200,000 in funding for small businesses, awarding 20 U.S.-based small business owners $10,000 each, along with business mentorship resources to help drive their success. Must have less than 100 employees.


Start.Pivot.Grow Micro Grant

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: June 30th

Learn more here

SPG $2,500 working capital micro grants can be used for utilities, commercial rent, inventory, professional development, software, marketing, or bookkeeping services.


Galaxy Grants

Amount: Variable

Deadline: June 30th

Learn more here

Galaxy Grants is on a mission to support women and minority entrepreneurs with their small businesses by offering valuable resources, tools, funding, and knowledge.


Boundless Future Foundation: EmpowerHer Grants

Award: Variable

Deadline: August 31st

Learn more here

We provide financial and leadership resources for aspiring female entrepreneurs building businesses to solve today’s biggest social issues so they can have a boundless impact in society.


‌Fast Break for Small Business
Amount: $10,000
Deadline: September 13th

Learn more here
In collaboration with the NBA, WNBA, and NBA G League, offers small business owners and entrepreneurs the chance to win a $10,000 grant and/or up to $500 in LegalZoom products and services.


Amplifier Grant
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Rolling

Learn more here
Since 2016 we’ve amplified the individuals, businesses & orgs who are boots on the ground everyday trying to make the world a better place. We’re proud to launch The Amplifier Grant as the next extension of that work, awarding at least $5,000 in funds every season.


Wish Local Empowerment Grant

Amount: $500 – $2,000

Deadline: Rolling

Learn more here

Wish Local is a series of programs that allows small businesses to partner with Wish. This program will only be open to Black-owned stores, to help promote equality and diversity in American business.


Accion Opportunity Fund

Learn more here

Accion Opportunity Fund is committed to advancing economic mobility for women and people of color who own small businesses and low-income communities through affordable financial services, knowledge resources, networks, and policy.


US Chamber of Commerce Funding Resources

Amount: Variable

Deadline: Open

Learn more here

The US Chamber of Commerce offers options to help secure the funds you need to start or grow your business debt-free.


LEDC Funding for Hispanic & Latino Owned Businesses

Amount: Variable

Deadline: Open

Learn more here

Are you interested in starting or expanding your business? The LEDC team of business coaches can provide you with one-on-one advice and training to help manage and grow your business.

Webinars, Workshops & Resources

All events are free unless otherwise indicated.

CNHED DC Small Business Workshop Calendar

Is your business reaching new levels of growth this spring? This is a great time to improve your business. Learn more here


LISC: BDO Toolkit for Consumer Package Goods Businesses

June 20th, 1:00pm

Learn more here


Score: Managing Risk: Business Insurance Basics for Small Businesses

June 25th, 12:00pm

Learn more here


MBCC Microsoft Excel 101

June 25th, 9:00am

Learn more here


Managing Risk: Business Insurance Basics for Small Businesses

June 25th, 12:00pm

Learn more here


MBCC 5’Cs of Credit

June 25th, 5:45pm

Learn more here


MBCC Microsoft Teams Workshop

June 26th, 9:00am

Learn more here


Business Foundation Series: The Lean Business Plan

June 27th, 2:00pm

Learn more here


Score: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business – Funding Options

July 10th, 12:00pm

Learn more here


Score: Developing a Nonprofit Fundraising Plan

July 11th, 12:00pm

Learn more here


Score: Introduction to QuickBooks Online

July 16th, 12:00pm

Learn more here


Score: Hiring a Lawyer for Your Small Business

July 24th, 12:00pm

Learn more here


Score: Creating Legal Contracts

July 31st, 12:00pm

Learn more here


SBRC One-on-One Call Session: “Talk Business After Hours”

Wednesdays by appointment between 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Learn more here


Business Diagnostic Check – In Person Wednesday’s

Wednesdays by appointment between 10:00am – 3:00pm

Learn more here


Amazon Black Business Accelerator

Create a Professional selling account and certify your business as Black-owned to unlock a suite of resources that can help you find success in Amazon’s store with up to $500 in benefits.

Learn more here


Wealthy Woman Financial Transformation Program

Valued at $1,000, a free nine (9) course financial wellness program for women in the DMV. Offered in partnership with Empowered Women International, a program of LEDC, and the Enterprising Women of Color DMV Business Center, powered by WACIF.

Learn more here


Corporate Transparency Act Registration

The DC Pro Bono Law Center put together this informative overview of whether your business needs to register.

Learn more here


US Black Chamber of Commerce

Free one-on-one financial counseling assistance

Learn more here


Chase Coaching for Business

Free business resources from Chase banking

Learn more here


BOA Start Pivot Grow

Bank of America has launched its Access to Capital Connector providing businesses with access to capital, mentoring, and support.

Learn more here


VISA Small Business Hub

Visa has launched a resource hub with useful solutions for your small business – find tools, resources and advice to help you run and grow your business.

Learn more here


Free Score Mentor

SCORE can help you start, grow or successfully exit a business. Small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth.

Learn more here


United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Free Business Counseling

USHCC business advisors are bilingual and waiting to help you start, grow, or scale your business. All services are free, and the program is open to the public.

Learn more here

Useful Business Links

15 Tools to Manage Remote Employees

B2B Sales 101 – How to Develop an Effective B2B Sales Strategy

Canva for your Digital Presence: Building your Brand

Chamber of Commerce Resources for LGBT-Owned Businesses

DC Small Biz Help Workshop: Spring/ Summer 2024 Calendar

GWHCC Business Bootcamp Series

Maximizing Your Business Plan’s Potential

Score: Creating a Quick Business Plan Materials

Score: One Page Business Plan

Score: One Page Business Plan Kickstart your Launch

Score Marketing Part 1: Developing Your Marketing Plan

Score Materials Marketing Part 2: Promoting Your Business

Score: Planning for Disaster

Square for Restaurants

Tory Burch Foundation: Business Webinars

UnitedHealthcare: ACA Marketplace benefits to stay healthy

US Chamber Small Business Guide to Setting up an E-Commerce Business

We Want To Hear From You!

Send Tenleytown Main Street information on promotions you are offering, your latest business news, and/or special events you are hosting. TMS will highlight your business on our website, mobile app, and/or social media channels. Email Tenleytown Main Stree at info@tenleytownmainstreet.org or tag us in your social media posts (@TenleytownMS on Twitter/Instagram or @TenleytownMainStreet on Facebook).

Tenleytown Main Street is an accredited Main Street program that is funded in part

by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.