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.
156 - Bandura Design
One of the newest businesses on the RIA Main Street corridor is Bandura Design. This all-woman design firm, founded by Jennifer Farris, opened in July of 2020. They specialize in commercial design for hotels, apartments, and other hospitality venues. Listen now to hear how this fantastic firm is already making an impact by helping their business neighbors.
155 - DC Bar Pro Bono Center - Darryl Maxwell
Our good friend, Darryl Maxwell of the DC Bar Pro Bono Center joins us once again to talk all things related to small business legal guidance. As restrictions are lifted post-pandemic, many of the challenges that small businesses have faced, as well as many of the opportunities for assistance (PPP loans, eviction moratoriums) are coming to an end. What to small businesses need to know from a legal framework? Darryl and his Pro Bono team have the answers!
154 - @eat_dc
Some of the best advocates for small businesses are the micro bloggers of social media. Their news and reviews reach audiences in a way that even the best advertising strategies can miss. And many times, the authors behind the handles have the opportunity for invaluable insights into the trends and news about DC-area dining, and our guest, @eat_dc, is no exception. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the challenges that the DC dining scene face, as well as some of the outstanding successes we have seen arise from the pandemic.
153 - Metrobar
As DC reopens for business, we are not only welcoming the businesses that we have known and loved, but also new businesses that have been busily working to join the ever-growing list of great hangouts in neighborhoods all across the District. Today we're visiting with one of the newest on the block: Jesse Rauch from metrobar, located in the new Bryant Street development at 640 Rhode Island Ave NE. Jesse and his team have created an amazing metro-themed (yes, as in WMATA-esque) space, complete with beverages from local distilleries and breweries. Not only does the drink menu reflect the talented crafters of the region, but there will soon be a fully retrofitted metro train car serving as indoor seating and bar space! Listen now to learn more about metrobardc.com
152 - Wellfound Foods
The pandemic has shaken up so many small business sectors, and the food service industry has definitely taken a big hit. In a year of so many restaurants closing, we're excited to talk with Sarah Frimpong of Wellfound Foods. Frim and her team are bringing "Smart Fridges" full of healthy fresh foods to campuses, airports, hospitals, and more. How do you keep a vending machine stocked with high quality, delicious, fresh foods? Listen now to learn all about Wellfound Foods!
151 - DC Procurement and Technical Assistance Center
economic effects of the pandemic, there are some additional options for sales that they may not be aware of! Both the local DC government and the Federal government regularly hire small businesses as contractors, and in far more business categories than you might imagine. Sheila Edmondson from the DC Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) joins us, along with Cristina Amoruso, from the Department of Small and Local Business Development, to talk about the ways PTAC helps small businesses prepare to do business with the government. Tune in now to see how YOUR business can benefit! https://dslbd.dc.gov/service/dc-procurement-technical-assistance-center