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RIA Radio

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. ... Show More

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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 program is part of the Busch School of Business, providing exclusive DC access to the Inner City Capital Connections program. Tune in now to find out how Brian and his colleagues are mak... Read more

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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 implementation and implications of Universal Paid Leave. Listen to learn more, and be sure to send us legal topic requests for future episodes featuring Tom and Kevin.

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May 20, 2019 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, and most importantly, why NE Eats is such an important event for DC food and beverage producers. Tickets are still available - listen now to find out how you can get involved!

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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 Quick, and Eric White from the DC Public Library stop by to talk about "GoDigital" and other spectacular opportunities for small businesses.

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April 8, 2019 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 (www.riamainstreet.org).

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March 11, 2019 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! 

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February 18, 2019 36 min

A wide-ranging discussion with Paul Ruppert, long-time DC entrepreneur, on the small business climate here in DC.

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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.

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January 21, 2019 35 min

A recap of the year's activities on RIA Main Street

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December 24, 2018 30 min

Author, DC Family Biking, and Ward 5 neighbor

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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.

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December 10, 2018 48 min

With guests Bill Levy and Hadiah Jordan from DC Water

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September 17, 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.

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Discussing all things Ward 5 with our Council Member, Kenyan McDuffie

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August 20, 2018 46 min

Kyle Todd explains the Brookland Business Improvement District

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August 6, 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 BFF Andi Fleming host a monthly happy hour at rotating locations throughout the Greater Ward 5 community. Learn how they got started, as well as some of the great stories that have co... Read more

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July 30, 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 adjacent Main Street programs - Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant, and Lower Georgia Avenue. We discuss the unique assets of these neighborhoods, and the programs and incentives that Brianne's ... Read more

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July 16, 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 Century Marketing. Listen now to get your business marketing on point and maximize the wide breadth of style and resources available in the digital age to lock in sales 24/7!

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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 neighborhood, but he walks the walk as the guy behind Captain Cookie. We check in with Casey from Good Food Markets, and then we visit with Jon Stover of Stover & Associates for a wide-r... Read more

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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 office plays in supporting the economic growth of DC, from housing and small business support, to strategies for luring industry giants like Amazon to our city. Listen now!

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