Friday, January 4, 2013

Got a business on Georgia Avenue, or want to start one? Want some help from the city?

If you own a business on Georgia Avenue, or plan to start on there, read on. The city has some funding available to help business owners out. Nice to hear about this kind of thing.

Current and prospective business owners on Georgia Avenue have an opportunity to apply for up to $85,000 in funding from the Deputy Mayor's Office of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) to reimburse you for improving your property or purchasing equipment that will be used onsite. To be eligible you must:

a.. Directly front on Georgia Avenue
b.. NOT be a liquor store, nightclub, bar, bank or hotel
c.. Be a registered business in Good Standing with the city
d.. Have site control - either own your building, have a lease with at least 3 years left or a contract of sale
You can download the full application by going to


you can obtain a hardcopy at ECAC - 733 Euclid St. NW. Call Sylvia at (202) 462-2285 if you want to pick up a copy

The Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force, the Georgia Avenue Business Alliance and the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights can assist you in preparing an application. Contact Tom Dawes at or (202) 483-4986 if you would like to discuss your project

Important dates:

Monday January 7th at 6:30pm: Information Session hosted by DMPED at Banneker Rec Center 2500 GA Ave.

Friday February 15th by 4:00: Applications due (online only)

Questions? Contact Sylvia Robinson at (202) 462-2285 or

Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force meeting at held every 2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm.

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