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Mayor Bowser to Highlight Investments to Empower Returning Citizens to Build Pathways to Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, October 10, at 11:30 a.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser will highlight investments in the Aspire to Entrepreneurship Program, which helps returning citizens and justice-involved residents gain the skills they need to start and operate their own District-based business. Mayor Bowser launched Aspire to Entrepreneurship in 2016 as a pilot incubator program and has expanded it into an annual grant program managed by the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). Since its inception, more than 60 Aspire to Entrepreneurship alumni have benefitted from intensive business training, urban agriculture training, marketing support, and more.


Thursday, October 10, at 11:30 am


Mayor Bowser
Kristi Whitfield, Director, DSLBD
Paul Winestock, Owner, Fun It Up; Founder, S.O.N.G. (Saving Our Next Generation)
Susie Sacre, Aspire to Entrepreneurship Alumna


Fun It Up
2312 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
*Closest Metro Station: Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Station*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).