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DSLBD Launches 12th Street NE Storefront Improvement Program

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

DSLBD Launches 12th Street NE Storefront Improvement Program

DSLBD will offer small businesses financial and technical assistance

(Washington, DC) – The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) has launched a second Storefront Improvement Program (SIP) along 12th Street NE in Brookland. The initial Brookland SIP was completed in 2009 and was designed to help business owners: increase customer foot traffic; improve sales; leverage private investment in commercial properties; and brand the 12th Street, NE commercial district as an attractive and safe shopping destination.   

“DSLBD recognizes the challenges many small business owners face when trying to attract more customers,” said DSLBD Interim Director Robert Summers. “The Storefront Improvement Program is another resource for small businesses to enhance their facades through external improvements. We are very grateful for the funding support from Abdo Development and Bozzuto Development which have provided a $25,000 community benefit from their Monroe Street Market project.”
 
Local businesses will receive matching grants of up to $5,000 to fund a range of exterior improvements. Recipients can use the grant for a variety of improvements from replacing business signs and entrance doors to repairing storefront windows. DSLBD is encouraging improvements that support the Mayor’s Sustainable DC Plan (www.sustainable.dc.gov). Participating business owners will also receive technical assistance through DSLBD. The SIP service area is defined by 12th St., NE between Rhode Island Ave. NE & Michigan Ave., NE.

Businesses along this corridor that are interested in participating in the program can contact Camille Nixon at DSLBD at camille.nixon@dc.gov. Eligible business owners must submit an Expression of Interest form to receive access to the online application form, which is due July 19, 2013 at 4 pm.  Visit http://dcbiz.ecenterdirect.com
To learn more about DSLBD, please: visit dslbd.dc.gov, follow DSLBD on Twitter at @SmallBizDC, or like our Facebook page facebook.com/smallbizDC.