Tenleytown Business Brief – May 16, 2024

May 28, 2024


News and resources to help your business thrive

In this issue:

  • Main Street Announcements

  • License and Permit Compliance Checks

  • Grant & Funding Opportunities

  • Important Business Reminders

  • Workshops, Webinars & Resources

Main Street Announcements

Hello TMS Family!


Tenleytown Main Street is excited to present TenleyFest on June 1st, from 3-5 pm. This music and art event is meant to bring our community to the Tenleytown corridor to visit our small businesses. Please contact me if you are interested in offering a store discount on that day to help increase foot traffic into your business.

 Please also 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!

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. In addition:

Sales Tax OTR Compliance Initiative: The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will implement compliance initiatives.

Business and Personal Income Tax OTR Compliance Initiative: The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will implement compliance initiatives.

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.

‌Amazon Business’s Small Business Grant Program

Amount: Up to $250,000

Deadline: May 24th

Learn more here

Amazon is set to award over $250,000 this year to eligible U.S.-based small businesses. Grant recipients will also walk away with one year of free Business Prime membership, Amazon devices, and AmazonBasics products.


Fund her Grants

Amount: Variable

Deadline: May 26th

Learn more here

The Fund here Future grant allocates $100K to support female entrepreneurs. All recipients will receive a year of complimentary business services including tax filing, bookkeeping, payroll, and business structure analysis.


Venmo Small Business Grant

Amount: $20,000

Deadline: May 31st

Learn more here

Tell us your story, and you could get $20k to fund your future. No dream too big, no business too small.


AAPI Strong Restaurant Fund

Amount: Variable

Deadline: May 31st

Learn more 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.


eBay Up & Running Grant

Amount: $10,500

Deadline: June 7th

Learn more here

This program provides 50 eBay business sellers with grant money and business resources. Required to have started selling on eBay by December 1st, 2023.


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.


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.


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

Are you required to register your business for Corporate Transparency Act

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

Learn more here

Slide by slide overview of the Corporate Transparency Act

US Chambers: How to File a Beneficial Ownership Report for Your Small Business

Webinars, Workshops & Resources

All events are free unless otherwise indicated.

CNHED DC Small Business Workshop Calendar

This is a great time to improve your business. Please check out our DC Small Business Help Workshop Calendar.  This resource aims to coordinate and share the myriad of workshops, training’s and programs offered to local entrepreneurs and small businesses, and centralize the information in one place to make it easier for small businesses to find.

Learn more here


Spring 2024 DSLBD Inno.ED Webinars Live
Various Dates
Learn more here


Start. Pivot Grow. Fix My Restaurant Bootcamp
May 20th-24th, Virtual
Learn more here


LEDC Small Business Connect
May 23rd, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Learn more here


DC Pro Bono Law Center
Free Legal Clinic for Small Employers: Hiring & On-Boarding D.C. Employees
May 29th, 10:45am – 12:30pm
Learn more here


Square for Restaurants
May 30th. 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Learn more here


How To Create A Marketing Plan For Your Small Business
Thursday, May 30, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Learn more here


Enterprising Women of Color & Wacif Cultivate Summit
Friday June 21st, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Learn more here


ABC 101

June 11th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Learn more here


US Black Chamber of Commerce, Free one-on-one financial counseling assistance

Learn more here


BOA Start Pivot Grow

Learn more here

Bank of America has launched its Access to Capital Connector. This online platform connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with local Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other business support organizations for capital, mentoring, and support.


VISA Small Business Hub

Learn more here

Visa has launched a resource hub with useful solutions for your small business. Every small business has different needs. No matter what stage you’re in, or what you’re trying to accomplish, find tools, resources and advice to help you run and grow your business.


CNHED DC Small Business Workshop Calendar

Learn more here

This is a great time to improve your business. Please check out our DC Small Business Help Workshop Calendar.  This resource aims to coordinate and share the myriad of workshops, trainings and programs offered to local entrepreneurs and small businesses, and centralize the information in one place to make it easier for small businesses to find.


Free Score Mentor

Learn more here
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. Enter your ZIP code to find a free SCORE business mentor today. Learn more here


United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Free Business Counseling

Learn more here
USHCC business advisors are bilingual and waiting to help you start, grow, or scale your business. Take advantage of this free service by making an appointment today. Our business advisors are experts in start-ups, finances, funding, procurement, marketing, branding, and growing a team. All services are free, and the program is open to the public.

Useful Business Links

Bookkeeping for Small Business Owners
Canva: Marketing Resources
DC Pro Bono Law Center: The Fundamentals of an Operating Agreement
Galaxy of Stars Plus Grant Finder
Galaxy of Stars Plus Finance HQ
How to Write a Grant Proposal for Your Business
Meet CNHED & SMBX for Crowdfunding and Co Support (video)
Nerd Wallet: Insurance for Small Businesses
SCORE: Google Analytics for Small Businesses – How to Improve Your Website Traffic
SCORE 5 Tips To Nail Your Small Business Plan
U.S. Black Chamber Resources
US Chamber: Small Business Month Growth Strategies
SCORE Business Planning & Financial Statements Template Resource Guide
Walmart Business Planner  

We Want To Hear From You!

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by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.