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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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76 - Morgan West - A Creative DC
Because a robust commercial corridor can't happen without the intangible assets that art - in all its forms - can bring, we wanted to visit with someone that not only knows about the artistic community AND small business growth. Enter Morgan H. West. Morgan (http://www.acreativedc.com/) is the founder and director of the A Creative DC project. The project seeks to bring the DC's robust creative community to the world through social media and digital galleries. Of course we chat with Casey at Good Food Markets to find out about the new summer products rolling in. Tune in now for both interviews! Read more »
75 - RITA'S
One of the businesses that took an early chance on RIA Main Street is alson one of the most popular spots to be in the summer! Sisters Charnita Walker and Angela Brock join us to talk about Rita's Water Ice. Not only do the Ward 5 natives give back to the community in the form of delicious custard and water ice, but through employeeing the youth of the neighborhood, they are mentoring young men and women to successful futures. Tune in to hear their inspiring story. Casey from Good Food Markets calls in, and we get the updates on summer produce starting to roll in. Read more »
74 - Benevolent Tech & District Floor Depot
Two of RIA Main Street's newest businesses join us on this episode. Brian Dombrowski started Benevolent Tech (www.benvolent.tech) to not only deliever quality website design, but to really work with small businesses and nonprofits to craft the marketing message they want to convey through their organization's web presence. Next, we chat with Mani Pahlevanpour of the brand new District Floor Depot (www.districtfloordepot.com). With a variety of beautiful wood flooring options and a dedication to quality and impeccable customer service, your home renovation just got a whole lot easier... and mroe beautiful. And as always, we check in with Casey from Good Food Markets to find out the lastest happenings in fresh food here on RIA Main Street! Read more »
73 - ReIGNITE
This episode, we are joined by Dr. Laytrayal Simmons and Latoya Porterfield, Esq from ReIGNITE (http://www.reignitepsych.com/). The ReIGNITE team provides counseling, a 360 degree weight loss program, career coaching services, and psychological assessments. AND boxing classes!! Sounds like a winning combination for personal growth, right here in Ward 5. Then we chat with Casey from Good Food Markets - great locally-sourced spring produce is heading to the Market. Tune in now! Read more »
72 - Rhode Island Row Farmers Market + Hilltop Microfinance Initiative
The Rhode Island Row Farmers Market (https://www.facebook.com/FoodworksRIR/) is all set to kick off on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. We're joined by Nick Staveley of Community Foodworks (http://www.community-foodworks.org/), the organization behind the market. Nick stops by to talk about what will be new at the market this year, including discounts and great new market vendors. Casey calls in with the Good Food Markets update (http://www.goodfoodmarkets.com/). Then we are joined by Derek Nelson, the CEO of The HIlltop Microfinance Initiative (http://hilltopmfi.org/en/home/). HMFI is a nonprofit that provides low interest micro loans of $500 - $10,000 to small businesses growing in the DC area. Derek talks about how HMFI works, and the many programs they have available to assist small businesses. Listen now for all the details! Read more »
71 - SB Works + Master PR Basics
John Mains from SB Works drops by to talk about some very special programming they have lined up for National Small Business Week, April 30 - May 6. Casey calls in with the Market Report from Good Food Markets, and then we have a fantastic chat with Ward 5 neighbor Leslie Green from Master PR Basics. Leslie has a great PR 101 webinar, plus now a new PR 101 ebook, chock full of great ways to help your business stand out from the crowd. Listen now, and share with all your favorite small business owners! Read more »
70 - Insperity
We're joined by Renee Hicks of www.Insperity.com to talk about HR solutions for small and growing businesses. Want to offer your employees a high level of benefits, but don't think your business has the financial capacity? Think again - Insperity just might be the solution you need. Plus, Casey calls in with the Market Report from Good Food Markets, and spring produce is here! Read more »
69- Dept. of Small & Local Business Development
On this special episode, Kyle is joined by Cristina Amoruso and Lauren Adkins of the Dept. of Small & Local Business Development. Cristina and Lauren are the program managers for the DC Main Streets program, so of course we're talking about all things Main Street! Plus, Casey calls in for the market report from Good Food Markets. Read more »
68 - Dept. of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
The Dept. of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs is one of the many agencies that small businesses must work with through all stages of their business growth. From building and occupancy permits, to professional licensing, to corporate registration, DCRA is a large and sometimes complicated agency. Claudia Herrera joins us to talk about many of the resources available to help small businesses navigate the DCRA process, as well as some tips on how to stay in compliance and keep your business growing. Casey from Good Food Markets calls in with the Market Report - we can't wait for some of the new products! Read more »
67 - DC Office of Tax & Revenue and The Bakers Lounge
William Bowie from the DC Office of Tax and Revenue joins us to talk about some very important steps and concerns for small businesses in the District. Your rights and responsibilities are the topic! Then we get an update from Catherine at The Bakers Lounge - good news! They are opening for lunch now! Casey from Good Food Markets gives us the market report, and it's all good news. Tune in now! Read more »
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