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Each week, Rhode Island Avenue Radio hosts Michelle Yancey and Kyle Todd sit down to visit with area business owners, city leaders, small business training experts, and the visionaries that help our local commercial corridors grow and thrive. Tune in to learn about Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street’s new businesses; learn about some of the not-so-secret business gems of the community; and get behind-the-scenes stories about innovative business ideas happening right here in our neighborhood.
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89 - DC State Fair
It's that time again! The DC Stage Fair is back, and organizer Kish Rusek stops by the studio to talk about the events, the contests, and all the fun for the day (https://dcstatefair.org/). We also catch up with Casey from Good Food Markets for all the latest news and produce. (http://www.goodfoodmarkets.com/) Read more »
88 - DC Bar & Latino Economic Development Center
#DeNews kicks us off with a story about Philip Reid - a slave that worked on the Statue of Freedom that adorns the top of the Capitol Building. Then we welcome Marla Bilonik, Executive Director of the Latino Economic Development Center (http://www.ledcmetro.org), and Darryl Maxwell, of the DC Bar Pro Bono Legal Program (http://www.dcbar.org/for-the-public/help-for-small-businesses/) for small businesses. Together, these organizations provide a wealth of services for small business owners in all stages of growth. And of course we check in with Casey from Good Food Markets (http://www.goodfoodmarkets.com/) to hear all about what's new at the market this week. Listen now! Read more »
87 - Dance Place & Seniors Food Delivery from Good Food Markets
We start off the hour with #DeNews - and it's kind of a spooky story! Next, Amanda Blythe from Dance Place visits with us about this amazing community institution. Last but not least, we're joined by Philip Sambol from Good Food Markets, and he fills us in on their Senior Delivery Program. Tune in now for all the details. Read more »
86 - Victory Dance Creative & "DeNews"
We're testing out a new segment for RIA Radio: DeNews! Community member and historian Aaron DeNu gives 3-minute snippets of history that happened right here in Ward 5. He also performs DeNews at Open Mic Night at The Public Option on Thursday evenings! Casey from Good Food Markets calls in to talk about the new things happening at the market - think fall flavors! Then we chat with Anthony Dihle, the creative mind behind Victory Dance Creative. Based in Edgewood, Anthony creates a variety of graphic design products, including the popular DC Neighborhood Poster Project. He'll have lots to choose from at Fall Fest, so stop by and see his work. Listen now to learn more! Read more »
85 - Great Streets Grants & New Columbia Solar
Today's episode is all about ways to improve your building! We start off the show talking with Sybongile Cook of the DC Great Streets program. Great Streets grants are being accepted until September 8, so if you have repairs, renovations, or other major purchases you need to grow your business, tune in to find out how you can apply for grants of up to $50,000. Then we talk with Mike Healy of New Columbia Solar - a DC-based solar energy company. If the up-front costs have been keeping you from going solar, think again! New Columbia Solar makes it easy to be green by installing solar systems with no up-front costs, and monthly utility bills about 15% cheaper than what you are paying now for traditional grid power. And of course Casey from Good Food Markets calls in to talk about a program providing access to fresh produce families on limited or fixed incomes. Tune in now to learn more! Read more »
84 - Monroe Street Farmers Market
Access to fresh produce has been increasing in Ward 5, thanks in large part to the growth of Farmers Markets throughout the District, and of course, from social justice-minded entrepreneurs like the team at Good Food Markets. We visit with Casey from Good Food Markets to talk about their many healthy options, including a delivery program for area seniors. Then we chat with Nick Stavely of Community Foodworks, to learn more about the Monroe Street Farmers Market. Listen now to find out what's happening at each of these wonderful resources in our community. Read more »
83 - Small Business Trash Compactor Grants & The OCASE Foundation
Rodent control is a challenge in any city, and DC is no exception. The DC Department of Health, Department of Public Works, and the Department of Small and Local Business Development have teamed up to offer grants for the purchase or lease of trash compactors for all sizes of businesses. Steve Glaude, the Director of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, and Gerard Brown from the Department of Health stop by to talk about the grant opportunity and with details on how to apply. Then we are joined by Marvin Tucker, Director of the OCASE Foundation. Once again, the OCASE Foundation will be giving away school backpacks loaded with supplies, on August 26th at Rita's Ice on RIA Main Street. And of course, Casey from Good Food Markets calls in to talk about what's new at the market. Tune in now! Read more »
82 - DC Office of Human Rights
The District of Columbia is one of the most progressive cities in the country for many reasons, and chief among those reasons are the policies around insuring the civil rights of some of our most vulnerable populations. Monica Palacio, Director of the DC Office of Human Rights, joins us to talk about DC's rules on non-discrimination in hiring and housing, as well as many of the tools and resources available to business owners to assist them in creating safe and welcoming environments in the workplace, for both employees and customers. Is your business compliant with all of the OHR requirements? Listen now to learn more. Read more »
81 - City First Bank & DC Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Access to capital is always an important part of realizing your entrepreneurial dream. We are joined by Edward Tuvin, Senior Vice President of the Commercial Banking Group, and Charlene Davis, Vice President of Branch Management, both from DC's own City First Bank. They'll be talking about small business banking, as well as City First's involvement in community development projects throughout the DC region. Casey from Good Food Markets checks in with the latest news in summer produce. Then we are joined by Lucinda Babers, Director of the DC Dept. of Motor Vehicles. There are some big changes coming to DC's drivers licenses and ID cards, and Lucinda gives us an overview on what to expect. Tune in now! Read more »
80 - Seabury Resources
Seabury Resources CEO Deborah Royster joins us to talk about the many services their organization provides to seniors throughout the area. From aging in place services to a variety of beautiful assisted living facilities, Seabury works to help keep our elders active and engaged in the community. Read more »
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