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RIA Radio

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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 t…


127 - The Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship Catholic University
Jun 4 • 36 min
Our friend Brian Becker wears many hats. Not only is he the wizard behind the successful NE Eats event, but he’s also the Director of Small Business Outreach at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at Catholic University. This exciting …
126 - Small Business Law - A Chat with Goldblatt Martin Pozen LLP
May 28 • 44 min
There are many aspects of business ownership that are directly informed and impacted by laws and regulations. Kevin Hilgers and Tom Martin of Goldblatt Martin Pozen LLP visit with us about several new laws impacting businesses in DC, including the i…
125 - 4th Annual NE Eats
May 21 • 30 min
Brian Becker started NE Eats four years again, and it is almost here again! This year it will be at DC Brau on June 1, from 4 - 8 p.m. We visit with Brian about how the tasty event got its start, what this year is featuring, the future of the event,…
124 - DC Library: A Small Business Resource
Apr 30 • 36 min
We all know that community libraries are an invaluable resource and are true anchors in the community. But did you know that the DC Public Library has resources for small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs? In this episode, Diamond Newman, David …
123 - Porch Fest 2019
Apr 9 • 20 min
It’s that time again! Porch Fest 2019 is on April 13th, from 2 - 6 p.m. Our own team member, Jessica, stops by to talk about the food, the sponsors, and of course, the music! Listen now, and you can get all the info about Porch Fest on our website (…
122 - MBT 5K - Chickaro Martin
Mar 12 • 35 min
Get ready for the most local of local 5Ks! The MBT 5K is back, and local “Health Architect” Chickaro Martin stops by to give us an update on registration information. They are also planning several workshops to help you get ready for the race! …
121 - Paul Ruppert
Feb 19 • 36 min
A wide-ranging discussion with Paul Ruppert, long-time DC entrepreneur, on the small business climate here in DC.
120 - Zachys Wine Retail, Auction, & Storage
Jan 29 • 18 min
Zachy’s is a fantastic new wine business, with a really interesting range of services! Tim Finch stops by to tell us all about it.
119 - 2018 Year In Review
Jan 22 • 35 min
A recap of the year’s activities on RIA Main Street
Show #118 - Nicole Harkin
Dec 25, 2018 • 30 min
Author, DC Family Biking, and Ward 5 neighbor
Show #117 - DC’s Jazz History - Rusty Hassan
Dec 18, 2018 • 33 min
DC has a robust music history, particularly when it comes to jazz. Local jazz expert and Ward 5 neighbor Rusty Hassan joins us to talk about DC Jazz history, and what the music scene was like on Rhode Island Avenue NE.
Show #116 - DC Water Project Update
Dec 11, 2018 • 48 min
With guests Bill Levy and Hadiah Jordan from DC Water
Show #115 - DC Bar - Darryl Maxwell
Sep 18, 2018 • 57 min
We are always happy to welcome Darryl Maxwell of DC Bar to the show - this time with more great resources for small businesses in DC.
Show #114 - Ward 5 Council Member Kenyan McDuffie
Sep 11, 2018 • 45 min
Discussing all things Ward 5 with our Council Member, Kenyan McDuffie
Show #113 - THE BID
Aug 21, 2018 • 46 min
Kyle Todd explains the Brookland Business Improvement District
112 - Ward 5 Community Happy Hour
Aug 7, 2018 • 52 min
Economic development is always about more than just giving out grants and education to businesses in a community. It’s also about creating a climate where community members and community businesses grow together. Our very own Michelle Yancey, with her …
111 - District Bridges Main Street
Jul 31, 2018 • 43 min
DC is full of exciting and diverse neighborhoods, and the Main Street program is an integral part of the success of these communities. Today we visit with Brianne Dornbush, the Executive Director of District Bridges. Her organization manages two adjace…
110 - 21st Century Marketing
Jul 17, 2018 • 78 min
Jenny Crittenden is the Executive Director for the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust and the Cook Foundation in Gloucester, VA. She was a speaker at the 2017 Main Street Now conference, and we just had to have her join us to talk about 21st Cen…
109 - Stover & Associates and Tastemakers/Captain Cookie
Jul 3, 2018 • 62 min
We’ve had several of their members in to chat with us, and now it’s time to visit with the founder of Tastemakers! Kirk Francis has not only expanded on the food incubator concept to create an amazing (and delicious!) food “mall” right here in the nei…
108 - Brian T. Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Jun 12, 2018 • 46 min
It takes a strong public/private partnership to grow a city into a vibrant economy. The District of Columbia is a perfect example of solid, multi-agency economic development teamwork. Deputy Mayor Brian T. Kenner joins us to talk about the role his off…
107 - Coalition for Smarter Growth
May 29, 2018 • 38 min
There is an adage in economic development: “Roofs Before Retail.” Meaning, of course, that savvy entrepreneurs will choose to locate in communities that not only want their retail services, but also contain the right mix of residential density and spen…
106 - Bri’s Brookland Creamery
May 22, 2018 • 27 min
Summer is just around the corner, which means ice cream season! We’re excited to visit with Brookland resident and entrepreneur Brianna McCullough about Brookland Creamery. She makes ice cream the old-fashioned way, and the results are amazing. Listen …
105 - DHCD & M&T Bank
May 1, 2018 • 52 min
We’re back! In honor of National Small Business Week, we visit with Lamont Lee, Supervisory Program Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Small Business Technical Assistance program (SBTA). Lamont talks about the role…
104 - Brookland Dog Walking & Bluebird Sky Yoga
Apr 3, 2018 • 49 min
All you need to do is take a look around the neighborhood to see how much RIA Main Street neighbors love their dogs! But sometimes you need help with that extra walk during the day, or an alternative to boarding your beloved pooch while you are on vaca…
103 - Women-owned Business in DC
Mar 13, 2018 • 86 min
In this special episode, we visit with DSLBD Director Kristi Whitfield, Liz Anderson-Cadogan of Cadogan & Associates, and Elisse Scott of Pearl Fine Teas. While we visit with Liz and Elisse about their businesses, we also chat about the state of women-…
102 - DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson
Mar 6, 2018 • 38 min
This week, we are honored to be joined by DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. Chairman Mendelson joins us to talk about the state of small business in DC, and the role of government in supporting a healthy economy. He’s recently introduced legislation …
101 - Artist Charles Bergen
Feb 20, 2018 • 38 min
Have you noticed? The historic emergency call boxes on RIA Main Street are getting facelifts! Neighbor and artist Charles Bergen recently won a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to restore the 6 fire and police call boxes along th…
100 - Brookland Bridge & Lord of the Pies
Feb 13, 2018 • 55 min
It’s our 100th episode! We are celebrating by interviewing some fantastic guests, and also by giving away presents! We start off the episode with #DeNews from neighbor Aaron DeNu. What RIA Main Street history lesson would be complete without a mention …
99 - Capital Candy Jar
Feb 6, 2018 • 30 min
There’s nothing more gratifying that watching a creative business vision come to life… Except perhaps to watch that same business grow and thrive! In this episode, we visit with David Burton, owner and creative visionary behind Capital Candy Jar - ht…
Show #98 - WACIF & Resilient DC
Jan 23, 2018 • 65 min
Stephanie Thomas is the new Director of Programs and Small Business Services at the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF), and she stops by to chat about some of the new programs that they are rolling out to help support and grow small busi…
97 - BYO Cocktail & Fitness Snob
Jan 16, 2018 • 29 min
Neighbor Aaron DeNu kicks us off with another segment of #DeNew - this time about some of the interesting topography of Langdon Park. Next, we are joined by Shayla Hamlin and Amanda Sussex, the creative minds behind the delicious pre-made BYO Cocktails…
96 - Councilmember Brandon Todd
Dec 19, 2017 • 33 min
Restaurants, movie theaters, nightclubs, and other entertainment venues constitute what could be deemed the “after hours” industry. Despite being a critical part of a thriving economy, many of these entrepreneurs face unique challenges in wading throug…
95 - Councilmember David Grosso
Dec 12, 2017 • 31 min
We start off with another episode of #DeNews from neighbor Aaron DeNu. Then we welcome At-Large Councilmember and neighborhood resident, David Grosso to the show. Councilmember Grosso talks about his work around education and community growth, and how …
94 - Holiday Marketing for Small Businesses
Dec 5, 2017 • 50 min
Aaron DeNu starts off the episode with #DeNews; then we chat with Casey from Good Food Markets. Kyle and Michelle talk about marketing tips for small businesses to make the most of the holiday shopping season. Spoiler alert: It’s never too early, OR to…
93 - Holiday Events Announcements
Nov 21, 2017 • 14 min
No guests this week because there’s so much news to share! It’s the Holiday Season, and special events are happening everywhere. Take a listen and get your calendar planning in order!
92 - Business Contest - National Cherry Blossom Festival
Nov 14, 2017 • 33 min
We’re only starting to feel fall & winter, but the team from the National Cherry Blossom Festival is already in planning mode for the spring! Krystle Fleetwood and Nicole Wright join us to talk about a decorating contest for businesses throughout DC, t…
91 - Chef Jonathan Bardzik
Oct 24, 2017 • 47 min
#DeNews starts us off with the history of Queens Chapel - the first Catholic church in DC. Casey from Good Food Markets (http://goodfoodmarkets.com) fills us in on the the new fall offerings in the prepared food case, with great seasonal flavors like b…
90 - SB Works Small Business Challenge Grant & Medstar Washington Hospital
Oct 17, 2017 • 41 min
We’re back! We start off the episode with #DeNews from neighbor and historian Aaron Denu. The topic: music legend and Ward 5 resident Pearl Bailey! Then we visit with Jasmine Childs and Patricia Coulthurst from Medstar Washington Hospital Center’s Canc…
89 - DC State Fair
Sep 19, 2017 • 28 min
It’s that time again! The DC Stage Fair is back, and organizer Kish Rusek stops by the studio to talk about the events, the contests, and all the fun for the day (https://dcstatefair.org/). We also catch up with Casey from Good Food Markets for all the…
88 - DC Bar & Latino Economic Development Center
Sep 12, 2017 • 48 min
#DeNews kicks us off with a story about Philip Reid - a slave that worked on the Statue of Freedom that adorns the top of the Capitol Building. Then we welcome Marla Bilonik, Executive Director of the Latino Economic Development Center (http://www.ledc…
87 - Dance Place & Seniors Food Delivery from Good Food Markets
Sep 5, 2017 • 38 min
We start off the hour with #DeNews - and it’s kind of a spooky story! Next, Amanda Blythe from Dance Place visits with us about this amazing community institution. Last but not least, we’re joined by Philip Sambol from Good Food Markets, and he fills u…
86 - Victory Dance Creative & “DeNews”
Aug 29, 2017 • 38 min
We’re testing out a new segment for RIA Radio: DeNews! Community member and historian Aaron DeNu gives 3-minute snippets of history that happened right here in Ward 5. He also performs DeNews at Open Mic Night at The Public Option on Thursday evenings!…
85 - Great Streets Grants & New Columbia Solar
Aug 22, 2017 • 63 min
Today’s episode is all about ways to improve your building! We start off the show talking with Sybongile Cook of the DC Great Streets program. Great Streets grants are being accepted until September 8, so if you have repairs, renovations, or other majo…
84 - Monroe Street Farmers Market
Aug 15, 2017 • 37 min
Access to fresh produce has been increasing in Ward 5, thanks in large part to the growth of Farmers Markets throughout the District, and of course, from social justice-minded entrepreneurs like the team at Good Food Markets. We visit with Casey from G…
83 - Small Business Trash Compactor Grants & The OCASE Foundation
Aug 8, 2017 • 56 min
Rodent control is a challenge in any city, and DC is no exception. The DC Department of Health, Department of Public Works, and the Department of Small and Local Business Development have teamed up to offer grants for the purchase or lease of trash com…
82 - DC Office of Human Rights
Aug 1, 2017 • 34 min
The District of Columbia is one of the most progressive cities in the country for many reasons, and chief among those reasons are the policies around insuring the civil rights of some of our most vulnerable populations. Monica Palacio, Director of the …
81 - City First Bank & DC Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Jul 25, 2017 • 79 min
Access to capital is always an important part of realizing your entrepreneurial dream. We are joined by Edward Tuvin, Senior Vice President of the Commercial Banking Group, and Charlene Davis, Vice President of Branch Management, both from DC’s own Cit…
80 - Seabury Resources
Jul 18, 2017 • 46 min
Seabury Resources CEO Deborah Royster joins us to talk about the many services their organization provides to seniors throughout the area. From aging in place services to a variety of beautiful assisted living facilities, Seabury works to help keep our…
79 - Fun It Up
Jul 11, 2017 • 24 min
There’s a new business coming to RIA Main Street! Parents of small children around the area have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Fun It Up, a new indoor play and event space for kids. Paul Winestock joins us in the studio to talk about how his…
78 - Office Accomplice & Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association
Jun 27, 2017 • 56 min
Very few small business owners go into business because they want to do the “back office” work that all businesses must do to STAY in business. Enter the team from Office Accomplice to take over those tasks for you! We chat with Mallory Corlette about …
77 - DCM Communications & Yoga on the MBT
Jun 20, 2017 • 49 min
Your business growth depends on more than your amazing products - you have to be able to tell the world about it! Channing Muller, Principal and Founder of DCM Communications, is all about making sure your business marketing plan is on point. She joins…
76 - Morgan West - A Creative DC
Jun 13, 2017 • 42 min
Because a robust commercial corridor can’t happen without the intangible assets that art - in all its forms - can bring, we wanted to visit with someone that not only knows about the artistic community AND small business growth. Enter Morgan H. West. M…
75 - RITA’S
Jun 6, 2017 • 44 min
One of the businesses that took an early chance on RIA Main Street is alson one of the most popular spots to be in the summer! Sisters Charnita Walker and Angela Brock join us to talk about Rita’s Water Ice. Not only do the Ward 5 natives give back to …
74 - Benevolent Tech & District Floor Depot
May 30, 2017 • 66 min
Two of RIA Main Street’s newest businesses join us on this episode. Brian Dombrowski started Benevolent Tech (www.benvolent.tech) to not only deliever quality website design, but to really work with small businesses and nonprofits to craft the marketin…
73 - ReIGNITE
May 16, 2017 • 26 min
This episode, we are joined by Dr. Laytrayal Simmons and Latoya Porterfield, Esq from ReIGNITE (http://www.reignitepsych.com/). The ReIGNITE team provides counseling, a 360 degree weight loss program, career coaching services, and psychological assessm…
72 - Rhode Island Row Farmers Market + Hilltop Microfinance Initiative
May 9, 2017 • 51 min
The Rhode Island Row Farmers Market (https://www.facebook.com/FoodworksRIR/) is all set to kick off on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. We’re joined by Nick Staveley of Community Foodworks (http://www.community-foodworks.org/), the organization …
71 - SB Works + Master PR Basics
Apr 25, 2017 • 49 min
John Mains from SB Works drops by to talk about some very special programming they have lined up for National Small Business Week, April 30 - May 6. Casey calls in with the Market Report from Good Food Markets, and then we have a fantastic chat with Wa…
70 - Insperity
Apr 18, 2017 • 42 min
We’re joined by Renee Hicks of www.Insperity.com to talk about HR solutions for small and growing businesses. Want to offer your employees a high level of benefits, but don’t think your business has the financial capacity? Think again - Insperity just …
69- Dept. of Small & Local Business Development
Apr 11, 2017 • 43 min
On this special episode, Kyle is joined by Cristina Amoruso and Lauren Adkins of the Dept. of Small & Local Business Development. Cristina and Lauren are the program managers for the DC Main Streets program, so of course we’re talking about all things …
68 - Dept. of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
Apr 4, 2017 • 29 min
The Dept. of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs is one of the many agencies that small businesses must work with through all stages of their business growth. From building and occupancy permits, to professional licensing, to corporate registration, DCRA is …
67 - DC Office of Tax & Revenue and The Bakers Lounge
Mar 28, 2017 • 43 min
William Bowie from the DC Office of Tax and Revenue joins us to talk about some very important steps and concerns for small businesses in the District. Your rights and responsibilities are the topic! Then we get an update from Catherine at The Bakers L…
66 - Chief Image Builder and Art Enables
Mar 21, 2017 • 46 min
Stacey Brown of Chief Image Builder stops by to talk about the importance of your small business brand, and it goes far beyond just your business logo. Next, Tony Brunswick of Art Enables stops by to share some updates - in addition to all the great pr…
65 - BaxBridge Digital
Mar 14, 2017 • 40 min
We are once again joined by Tiffany Bridge of BaxBridge Digital. Today Tiffany is talking about the importance of digital “local mapping” of your business. This critical part of your web presence makes all the difference in how easy it is for your cust…
64 - Material World Boutique
Feb 28, 2017 • 18 min
There’s a new place to shop on RIA Main Street! Tiana Michelle has grown her very successful online boutique to her first brick & mortar location: Material World Boutique, located at 2121 Rhode Island Ave NE. She’s got everything from casual wear to ba…
63 - Eric B. - Mural Artist
Feb 21, 2017 • 30 min
Eric B. comes in to share his creative vision behind the vibrant and beautiful new mural located on the side of the building at 1613 Rhode Island Ave NE. The work was done as part of the DC Department of Public Works’ effort to curb “tagging” vandalism…
62 - DP Strategies Group - Marketing Strategies
Feb 14, 2017 • 37 min
Josh Brown joins us to talk about some innovative marketing technology to help you reach your customers in a very personalized and direct way. Tune in to the interview, then visit www.dpstrategiesgroup.com to learn even more. We’re also joined by Phili…
61 - SEAS Community Partners and Allure & More
Jan 31, 2017 • 55 min
SEAS Community Partners founder Danita Doleman joins us to talk about mobile apps for your business! Tune in to find out how they can help your business grow. Of course we hear from Philip at Good Food Markets - new in-house brands of prepared foods ar…
60 - Department of Small and Local Business Development: Business Opportunities
Dec 13, 2016 • 28 min
Derrick Colbert of the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) joins us to talk about the resources available to DC-area small businesses through the agency. From assistance in finding funding and incentives to training and education…
59 - DC Office of Planning: Updating the Comprehensive Plan
Dec 6, 2016 • 52 min
We start off the show with an update from Philip - new seasonal offerings at Good Food Market are here! Next - the DC Office of Planning has just launched efforts to amend the Comprehensive Plan for the District - something that the Home Rule Act requi…
58 - DC Public Library
Nov 22, 2016 • 46 min
These days, the library is more than just a place to check out a good book. Richard Reyes-Gavilan is the Director of the DC Public Library, and he stops by to talk about the many ways the DC libraries are anchors in their neighborhoods, as well as the …
57 - Israel Baptist Community Center
Nov 8, 2016 • 22 min
Israel Baptist Church has built a spectacular new addition to their facility, to meet growing needs within the community for event space and childcare. Matthew Phillips and Sylvia Reed talk with Michelle about their exciting new space, the daycare serv…
56 - Creative Placemaking: A Discussion with Furthermore Artist Collective & Van Alen Institute
Nov 1, 2016 • 44 min
Creative placemaking is the practice of partnering public, private, nonprofit, and community groups to form and implement a strategy to transform a neighborhood, and it is a concept that is being embraced across the country. We visit with Steven Thomps…
55 - iMagine Insurance & DC Board of Elections
Oct 25, 2016 • 53 min
Scott Magnuson of iMagine Insurance (www.imagineinsurancedc.com) joins us to talk about insurance for small businesses. Your business is unique, and may need special coverage, or it may need updating along as your business grows. “Under-insured” might …
54 - The P Spot & District Spice
Sep 20, 2016 • 49 min
Michaela Brown-Jones, the energetic force and founder of The P Spot (www.bringitupsexy.com) stops by to talk about her special brand of fitness for women. Her classes include “Pole Fitness”, “Strip Aerobics” (minus the naked part!), and “Sensual Stretc…
53 - Woodridge South Community Association
Sep 13, 2016 • 44 min
In this special episode, we talk to Carlos Davis, president of the Woodridge South Community Association, about the roles that Civic and Community Associations play in your neighborhood. Hint: Businesses are neighbors, too! In fact, Civic and Community…
52 - District Dance Arts & DC Bar
Sep 6, 2016 • 44 min
District Dance Arts (www.districtdancearts.com) is expanding! A new (2nd!) location, new instructors, and even more classes offered. Did we mention Zumba? Founder and teacher Cristine Davis joins us to talk about the growth of District Dance Arts. Next…
51 - DC State Fair & DC Water
Aug 23, 2016 • 56 min
t’s that time of year again - the fast growing DC State Fair is just around the corner, on Sunday, August 28th! One of the organizers (and Ward 5 neighbor) Kish Rusek joins us to talk about the event’s history, the competition categories, and more. Vis…
50 - Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society
Aug 2, 2016 • 45 min
In addition to the Good Food Markets report, and LOTS of news about upcoming activities (hint: Pokemon!) on RIA Main Street, we’re joined by DeAndrey Howard, creative genius behind Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society. The newest hotspot for authentic jaz…
49 - Zeke’s Coffee and Google 360
Jul 27, 2016 • 52 min
For neighborhood favorite, Zeke’s Coffee, there have been a lot of changes in the last year! Owner John Kepner stops by to talk about their new roaster, nitro cold brew, and some very special beans. Philip from Good Food Markets calls in with the marke…
48 - Annie’s Ace Hardware and WACIF
Jul 19, 2016 • 41 min
Thomas Vadrody of Annie’s Ace Hardware joins us to talk about their newest location in Brookland on 8th Street NE. This locally-owned resource features many familiar faces - tune in to learn why! Then new Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACI…
47 - Nitram Financial Solutions and Made In DC
Jul 12, 2016 • 51 min
July marks the beginning of a new fiscal quarter, so Sherrell Martin of Nitram Financial Solutions is on hand to give us a check list of financial management tasks you need to do to make sure your business in on track for a great year. Then we’re joine…
46 - Technolutionary and SB Works
Jul 5, 2016 • 50 min
Tom Bridge, co-founder of Technolutionary, LLC (www.technolutionary.com) joins us to talk about IT infrastructure needs for small businesses. They provide technology support services throught the DMV region to a wide variety of clients from single per…
45 - News & Updates - Special Edition
Jun 28, 2016 • 38 min
No guests this week because there’s so much news to share! Tune in for information and updates that RIA Main Street businesses need to know.
Show #44 - Washington Gas and Baxendell Bridge LLC
Jun 21, 2016 • 62 min
Doreen Hope from Washington Gas joins us to talk about some of the impending major work scheduled for parts of Rhode Island Avenue NE. Then we’re joined by Ward 5’s own Tiffany Bridge, of Baxendell Bridge LLC. We’ll be talking about some of the “must …
Show #43 - RIA-DC and Studio 202
Jun 14, 2016 • 53 min
Michael Meers from Mid-City Financial stops by to talk about the renovation of Brookland Manor into RIA-DC - one of the largest mixed used developments scheduled for construction in DC. Ron Dixon, the creative genius behind Studio 202 and BLIS.fm stops…
Show #42 - Artist & Craftsman
Jun 7, 2016 • 22 min
Philip from Good Food Markets calls in with our weekly market update - what’s new, fresh, delicious, and available at Good Food Markets. Then we’re joined by Molly Woods and Trever Webster from the newest business in the area, Artist & Craftsman. They …
41 - Nitram Financial Solutions
May 17, 2016 • 24 min
Sherrell Martin, the Chief Financial Solutions Officer and founder of Nitram Financial Solutions, joins us to talk about some quarterly financial responsibilities for businesses. Whether it is taxes, payroll obligations, or simply analyzing your busin…
40 - Dudley’s B Sharp Music Academy
May 10, 2016 • 21 min
Darryl Dudley and the B Sharp Music Academy team has been teaching music lessons to students of all ages for years. Piano, guitar, voice, and more - with lessons taught in a way that makes learning music fun! Then Philip from Good Food Markets gives us…
39 - SEAS Community Partners and These Eyes of Mines
May 3, 2016 • 43 min
Danita Doleman of SEAS Community Partners has helped small businesses in DC through a variety of services, including over 20 successful Great Streets grant applications! Danita talks about the keys to a winning Great Streets grant application and how …
38 - Vee’s Vegan Experience and Business News
Apr 26, 2016 • 38 min
Some important resources available to business owners is the topic for the 1st half of the show. Rebates for security cameras, bicycle rack installation, and more, are all programs designed to support small business growth. Philip calls in with a Good…
37 - Gelberg Signs and Social Rise
Apr 19, 2016 • 49 min
A sign for your business is more than simply a bigger version of your logo. The right sign can define and grow your business. Interested in getting a new sign, or refreshing the look of your existing signage? Gelberg has been creating and manufacturing…
36 - Adam Kent and Charlie Whitaker
Apr 12, 2016 • 41 min
We are so pleased to announce that LISC-DC continues their investment on the growth of the RIA Main Street community. Adam Kent joins us to discuss the results of the MetroEdge economic analysis report that LISC recently conducted for us, and to annou…
35 - Cyril Crocker and Danny Snyder
Apr 5, 2016 • 35 min
Looking for commercial property on RIA Main Street? Long-time resident and commercial real estate broker Cyril Crocker joins us to talk about some of the best strategies for finding the perfect space for your next business. But all work and no play… …
Show #34 - Kristen Arent and Mindy Mailman
Mar 22, 2016 • 38 min
There’s a new business on RIA Main Street! Hands on Drums has opened at 602 Rhode Island Ave NE, and Kristen Arent talks about the classes, the drums, and their mission: celebrating and supporting the work of Ghana craft makers while delivering hands-o…
33 - Cathy E. Smith and Community Foodworks
Mar 15, 2016 • 51 min
Philip from Good Food Markets calls in with our weekly market update - what’s new, fresh, delicious, and available at Good Food Markets. Our first guest, Cathy E. Smith hosts The P.R.I.M.E. Show (aka PR and Internet Marketing for Entrepreneurs) on BLIS…
32 - Vivica Brooks and RIA Main Street Events
Mar 8, 2016 • 35 min
Ward 5 neighbor Vivica Brooks is the founder and CEO of The Brooks Group, LLC. Vivica is a leading expert in the field of customer service, job readiness, and soft skills training, and she stops by to talk to us about small business customer service - …
31 - Good Food Markets and DC Dragons
Mar 1, 2016 • 27 min
We have an extended visit from Philip at Good Food Markets, discussing their Good Neighbor Rewards program, as well as discount programs for seniors and SNAP households. Plus, they have great news! They will be partnering with a local grower here in th…
30 - Highway to Hill Flowers and GWHCC
Feb 23, 2016 • 46 min
Jo from Highway to Hill Flowers joins us - their floral arrangements are spectacular, and they are in the neighborhood! Alma Alfaro-Laska of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce joins us in the second half of show to talk about the upcom…
29 - Khepera Wellness and Sherrel Martin
Feb 9, 2016 • 47 min
Brandon Copeland is bringing the Khepera Wellness Group to the Capoeira space at 2006 RIA-NE. He’s got his own brand of “rocket yoga” that is perfect for all levels. Hear Brandon’s plans for opening, and mark your calendars now! Philip from Good Food M…
28 - Rhode Island Row and Good Food Markets
Feb 2, 2016 • 46 min
Caroline Kenney and Monica Lavorgna join us to talk about all of the activities going on at Rhode Island Row. New retailers have opened and new community activities are planned for the coming year. Plus, Caroline and Monica give us some great “insider …
27 - Yvonne Rivers, Phoebe Marketing Group & the latest from Good Food Markets
Jan 19, 2016 • 32 min
We get the latest news from Good Food Markets - be sure to listen in for a special promotion code! Kyle shares some news from DCRA and DOEE for business owners, and Yvonne Rivers of the Phoebe Marketing Group stops by to talk about the Phoebe Tank and…
26 - Art Enables & Eat and Smile Catering/Bespoke Kitchen
Jan 12, 2016 • 27 min
Philip Sambol from Good Food Markets stops by for a quick update about what’s happening at the Market this week, then Michelle visits with Tony Brunswick of Art Enables, as well as Erin Fitzgerald and Katie Rotramel from Eat & Smile Catering and The Be…
25 - MANNA & The Museum
Dec 22, 2015 • 37 min
MANNA has been helping District residents become homeowners since 1982. Sarah Scruggs talks about the faith-based organization’s history and its future plans and goals. Check out their new video: https://youtu.be/eDPnqg5i__c . And RIA Main Street is ab…
24 - The Bakers’ Lounge and Meryl Hooker
Dec 15, 2015 • 42 min
The end of a fiscal year for a business is always a busy, but it’s also a great time to set yourself up for success in the coming year. Meryl Hooker stops by to share her top 5 tips for wrapping up your business year on a strong note. Then Catherine Co…
23 - Good Food Markets and Kiva Zip
Dec 8, 2015 • 42 min
It’s been a year since Good Food Markets opened on RIA Main Street! General Manager Philip Sambol stops by to talk about new things at the market, and how GFM continues to respond to requests and grow with community support. The we’re joined by Sherouk…
22 - Small Scale Manufacturing: Recast City and Union Kitchen
Dec 1, 2015 • 60 min
Small scale manufacturing is making a comeback in downtowns and Main Streets across America. Ilana Preuss, the founder of Recast City discusses the importance of making a place for a creative maker economy has part of a health retail mix. Continuing on…
21 - MRP Realty
Nov 24, 2015 • 33 min
Kyle talks with Michael Skena of MRP Realty. The MRP team is in the early phases of a PUD to re-develop the Rhode Island Avenue Center, located at 680 Rhode Island Avenue NE. Michael discusses some of the initial plans they have for the development, an…
20 - DentalDC and National Main Street Center
Nov 17, 2015 • 47 min
Long-time resident and business owner Dr. Michael Griffiths talks to Michelle about growing up in the neighborhood, and about his dental practic, DentalDC. In the second half of the show, Kyle sits down to visit with Patrice Frey, President and CEO of …
19 - The Public Option & RIA Main Street incentives
Nov 10, 2015 • 31 min
There’s a new brew pub in town! Bill Perry brings small batch brewing and a new neighborhood watering hole to RIA Main Street. The Public Option has already made news by announcing a “no tipping” policy, and paying its staff a living wage - now we know…
Show #18 - Councilmember Vincent Orange & Serenity Place DC
Nov 3, 2015 • 47 min
Councilmember Vincent Orange (D, At-Large) sits down to talk about small business growth in DC, and the role of government in supporting a vibrant economy. Next, Michelle and James go onsite at Serenity Place DC to talk yoga with owner Crystal Moore.
17 - FastSigns and Think Local First DC
Oct 27, 2015 • 40 min
Howard James, Jr. joins us to talk about his fast-growing business - FastSigns. Then, Omeed Tabiei and Jonas Singer join us to talk about Think Local First DC, and its role in supporting small business throughout the DC region.
16 - Knowledge Commons & Councilmember Elissa Silverman
Oct 20, 2015 • 50 min
Erika Rydberg of Knowledge Commons DC joins us - they are new to RIA Main Street, and are offering free adult education classes on topics as diverse as writing and editing to behind-the-scenes tours of a local distillery. Check them out at www.knowled…
15 - Goods Not Guns and Godly Concepts & Graphics Unlimited
Oct 13, 2015 • 36 min
Michelle is on location with Dave Hucks, owner of Godly Concepts and Graphics Unlimited and Mogul Elite Designs to talk about his creative clothing line. In the second half of the show, Kyle is in the studio with Dari and Aliza Yudkoff. They are the fo…
14 - Jon Wye and DSLBD ConnecTech
Oct 6, 2015 • 33 min
Jon Wye’s beautiful leather belts, wallets, dog collars, tshirts, and more are absolute works of art. Jon chats with Michelle about the process and the art. Next, Philip Reeves from the Department of Small and Local Business Development stops by to tal…
13 - Cleashay Sutton of Studio Elan’; DMGEO Director Courtney Snowden
Sep 29, 2015 • 39 min
Cleashay Sutton, the creative mind and owner of Studio Elan’, joins us to talk about the services available, as well as her plans for growing her business. Next, we’re joined by Courtney Snowden, the new Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity. …
12 - Larry Carrol Jr. of KAAOS Gym; Brittany Noetzel Consulting
Sep 22, 2015 • 38 min
Larry Carroll Jr., of KAAOS Gym talks about their specialized training system for results. Then Brittany Noetzel joins us to talk about the importance of brand development and communications for growing your business in this new age of social media and…
11 - Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan DC and Sorrell Design
Sep 15, 2015 • 30 min
The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan DC (www.youreyes.org) is the largest local prevention of blindness agency in the U.S., and is dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy and inno…
10 - Cristine Davis of District Dance Arts; Commissioner Nolan Treadway, ANC 5C07
Sep 8, 2015 • 35 min
District Dance Arts (www.districtdancearts.com) offers ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop dance classes for kids and adults. Owner Cristine Davis talks about her mission and her passion - helping people discover their physical and creative abilities throug…
9 - Joe Andronaco of Access Green; Oramenta Newsome and Adam Kent from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Jul 9, 2015 • 72 min
Access Green provides energy efficiency services to homes and businesses, and CEO Joe Andronaco is as passionate about energy efficiency as he is knowledgeable. Joe sits down to talk about the services that Access Green makes available to DC home and b…
8 - Dr. Bradshaw & Dr. Kassam of Mint Dental, and Priya Bettadapour, the program manager of Vibrant Streets
Jun 29, 2015 • 35 min
State-of-the-art dentistry is just down the road at Mint Dental! Dr. Bradshaw and Dr. Kassam joined RIA Main Street last March, and business is booming. The doctors are on hand to talk about innovations in dentistry and the services offered at Mint Den…
7 - Philip Sambol, manager of Good Food Markets, and Darryl Maxwell of DC Bar
Jun 28, 2015 • 44 min
If you haven’t already stopped by Good Food Markets yet, you’re really missing something special. Philip Sambol joins us in the studio to talk about their healthy food mission - how they got started and what they are bringing to the community. Then we’…
6 - Jenna Jacobson & Philip Simon of S2 Development, and the Director of the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, Ana Harvey
Jun 27, 2015 • 56 min
S2 Development is a new residential development company, and they are already making a splash with their beautiful renovations. They are also brand new to RIA Main Street, so we’re sitting down with Philip Simon and Jenna Jacobson to learn more about S…
5 - Mr. Alfred Dudley and Melanie Dudley McClain of Dudley Beauty College, and Gabriela Mossi from the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Jun 26, 2015 • 52 min
The Dudley family has been associated with hair care for decades, and the Dudley Beauty College is now celebrating 20 years at their location on Rhode Island Avenue NE. Mr. Dudley and his daughter, Melanie, are in the studio to talk about the history o…
4 - Duane Johnson of M&S Barber and Tim Flanagan of the Washington Area Community Development Fund
Jun 25, 2015 • 51 min
Duane Johnson of M & S Barber has been cutting hair and looking out for the health of his clients on 12th & Evarts NE since 1995. Now we’re welcoming Duane and M & S Barber to RIA Main Street, and he’s here to talk about the history AND the future of M…
3 - John Kepner of Zeke’s Coffee, and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie
Jun 24, 2015 • 27 min
We’re joined by John Kepner, our own local coffee roasting expert and owner of neighborhood favorite Zeke’s Coffee. Then we’re joined by Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. Councilmember McDuffie discusses the FY16 budget for DC, and how it impacts W…
2 - Karlos Leopold, Erin Lingle, Chef Aaron of Nido DC, and Melissa Jest of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Jun 23, 2015 • 33 min
Everyone’s eagerly anticipating the opening of “Nido” - a new Mediterranean restaurant coming to RIA Main Street. Owners Karlos Leopold and Erin Lingle, along with Chef Aaron are in the studio to talk about the newest place to grab a bite and quench yo…
1 - Emily Eakland, Director of ReCreative Spaces and Kyle Todd, Director of Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street
Jun 22, 2015 • 18 min
Kyle Todd talks about what a Main Street program is, exactly, and about how RIA Main Street got its start. Then Emily Eakland, director and co-founder of ReCreatives Spaces talks about bringing an art venue to RIA Main Street.