This year has turned out to be very different than the one we had anticipated. While supporting small businesses in the Eastern Market corridor is always at the core of Eastern Market Main Street’s mission, the need to address the critical threats small businesses continue to face due to the COVID-19 crisis has only reinforced the need for our services.
Throughout these challenging and uncertain times, EMMS has been there for the small business community. But we need your support to continue our efforts. A donation of $50 (or more) will go a long way towards supporting our holiday programming and continued technical assistance as we prepare for an uncertain winter.
As a designated DC Main Streets program and an accredited member of the National Main Street Center, Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) is dedicated to supporting small businesses and fostering a vibrant, neighborhood-serving corridor through public and private space improvements, capacity-building resources, and community events and campaigns. In 2020, we have supported over 300 small businesses with services including:
· Conducting over 220 hours of technical assistance helping business owners with grant and loan applications, lease negotiations, financial planning and management, marketing and social media, establishment of e-commerce, and strategic planning.
· Distributing $40,000 in emergency small business grants thanks to funding from the DC Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) and contributions to our GoFundMe campaign.
· Hosting or sponsoring monthly promotional events (virtually, of course) such as the EMMS Scavenger Hunt, DC Dog Days Sidewalk Sale, the Hill Rag Face Mask Photo Contest, Hilloween and The Holly Days.
· Distributing (in collaboration with the DC Mayor’s Office, the Capitol Hill BID and Barrack’s Row Main Street) 220 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to Capitol Hill small businesses in support of Re-Open DC Phase One. And with grant funding from DSLBD and ANC6B, we were able to purchase and distribute 50 additional kits during Phase Two.
· Advocating on behalf of the small business community to the DC Mayor’s Office, DC City Council, and various local and federal agencies on an assortment of topics from grants and economic stimulus, taxes and fees, and permitting.
· Promoting corridor businesses and happenings with daily social media posts; and informative newsletters to local businesses and the surrounding community.
Thank you for your support!
Note: EMMS supports small businesses in the corridor from Pennsylvania Ave SE to North Carolina Ave SE (6th Street SE to 8th Street SE): https://www.easternmarketmainstreet.org/