Tenleytown Business Brief – June 6, 2024

June 27, 2024


News and resources to help your business thrive

In this issue:

  • Main Street Announcements

  • Small Business Census

  • Grant & Funding Opportunities

  • Important Business Reminders

  • Workshops, Webinars & Resources

Main Street Announcements

Hello TMS Family!


Thanks to all that participated in TenleyFest! It was a wonderful day filled with music and art. Our community members and volunteers had a wonderful time and it helped to increase foot traffic in our corridor during the slow time on a Saturday afternoon.


Now that TenleyFest is finished we are gearing up for Art All Night on Saturday, September 28. I really want to engage with our businesses this year so please reach out if you are interested in participating!


We are also excited to announce that six businesses received funding from our Small Business Grant program: District Irish Dance, East West Cafe, Le Chat Noir, PetMac, Print Space, and Verified Wines. Check out our social media in the coming days to learn about their funded projects.


Take a moment to review your DLCP dashboard to be sure that your business licenses are current and that you are in compliance. You can check this at: My DC Business Center Dashboard.

Please reach out if you have any questions!


See you in Tenleytown!

Noah Getz
Executive Director


License and Permit Renewals are Due!


DC Small Business Census

The census is a DC-government led survey initiative which asks questions and should only take 3 – 5 minutes to complete. Businesses may receive a phone call or an in-person visit from the Small Business Census team starting in May 2024. More information can be found here:

DC Small Business Census Info. Business owners may reach out to the project team with any questions at DCSmallBusinessCensus@bbcresearch.com

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.

Jobber Grants

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 12th

Learn more here

We want to recognize your accomplishments and accelerate your plans for the future, and have 15 grants worth $10,000 each to award to every type of home service professional.


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.


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.


‌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.

Important Reminders

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.

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


WACIF Event Calendar

Learn more here

ABCA ID Compliance

Monday, June 10th, 10:00am

Learn more here


June 11th, 10:00am
Learn more here


SCORE: Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs Roundtable
June 11th, 12:00pm
Learn more here


Strategies for Successful Loan Applications: From Presentation to Approval

June 13th, 10:00am

Learn more here

DC Pro Bono Law Center
Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic

June 13th, 12:00pm
Virtua one-on-one brief legal advice consultations will last up to 60 minutes.
Learn more here


Cybersecurity and Your Small Business
June 13th at 12:00pm
Learn more here


LISC: Supporting Business Development for Child Care Providers
June 14th, 1:00pm
Learn more here


Food Manager Certificate Course in Anacostia
Saturday, June 15th, 8:30am
Learn more here


Verizon Juneteenth: Financial Freedom for Owners
June 17th, 12:00pm
Learn more here


Starting & Growing a Sustainable Consumer Packaged Goods Business
June 18th, 1:00pm
Learn more here


Enterprising Women of Color & Wacif Cultivate Summit
Friday June 21st, 9:00am
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 Chambers: How to File a Beneficial Ownership Report for Your Small Business

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
Vias 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

Bamboo HR Definitive Guide to Company Culture

Bookkeeping for Small Business Owners

Canva: Marketing Resources

Creating a Quick Business Plan

DC Pro Bono Law Center: The Fundamentals of an Operating Agreement

Developing Financial Projections for Your New Small Business

Galaxy of Stars Plus Grant Finder

How to Write a Grant Proposal for Your Business

Marketing Part 1: Developing Your Marketing Plan

Marketing Part 2: Promoting Your Business

Launching & Managing a Health or Wellness Business: Panel & Q&A

Paid Family Leave Legal Resources for Nonprofits & Small Businesses

Resources and Funding Opportunities for AAPI-Owned Businesses

Walmart Business Planner    

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.