A FAIR SHOT
FOR SMALL & LOCAL BUSINESSES
Small and local businesses are the backbone and driving force behind our local economy. They represent the dreams of our residents and the culture of our city. When our small businesses succeed, so do our communities, neighborhoods, and residents who rely on them for goods, services, and jobs.
“So the Food Access Fund really allows us to pay for build-out, allows us to pay for rent, it allows us to pay for employees, it makes us more financeable. It gives us more confidence about being able to open in these locations. And it really is exciting for us because we’re also able to create jobs...And so that’s really what it’s all about for me.”
Keeping Promises to the CommunityIn her first term, Mayor Bowser created the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund to support non-residential projects that will improve the quality of life for residents and deliver jobs and opportunity. In the fall of 2021, the Mayor celebrated two projects in Ward 8 that were awardees of the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund:
- A new Good Food Markets in Bellevue
- Phase One of MLK Gateway, a transformational project that will bring office space, retail, and other neighborhood amenities to the corner of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE in historic Anacostia