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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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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 »
79 - Fun It Up
There's a new business coming to RIA Main Street! Parents of small children around the area have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Fun It Up, a new indoor play and event space for kids. Paul Winestock joins us in the studio to talk about how his inspiration for creating Fun It Up (spoiler alert: there was a granddaughter involved!), and his plans for making this the go-to space for birthday parties and more. Read more »
78 - Office Accomplice & Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association
Very few small business owners go into business because they want to do the "back office" work that all businesses must do to STAY in business. Enter the team from Office Accomplice to take over those tasks for you! We chat with Mallory Corlette about all of the services that her company can take off your plate and get you back to doing what you do best for your business. Then we visit with Dan Schramm, president of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association. The BNCA has a robust calendar of events and is "a forum for considering and advancing the interests of Brookland residents on issues affecting the Brookland Community." Tune in now to learn more! Read more »
77 - DCM Communications & Yoga on the MBT
Your business growth depends on more than your amazing products - you have to be able to tell the world about it! Channing Muller, Principal and Founder of DCM Communications, is all about making sure your business marketing plan is on point. She joins us to talk about some critical components of an effective marketing plan and how you can maximize your impact. Casey from Good Food Markets calls in with a market update, then we visit with Kaitlin Athmer about summer's free yoga on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Listen now! Read more »
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 »
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