When Kristi Whitfield, director of the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), came to speak to the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization’s “First Friday” program on March 1, many expected her to speak in bureaucratic jargon about owning and operating a business or to serve as cheerleader for the Bowser administration.
Whitfield did those things but, more importantly, she reached out to the audience and encouraged them to “go for it” in terms of starting a business.
“You can do it,” she said. “No entrepreneur’s story is typical. I can empathize with entrepreneurs because I was one.”