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(Washington, DC) – On January 30, 2013, the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) hosted the “Mind Your Business” workshop. Fifty merchants from the DC Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community attended the workshop to learn about the “Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grant” offered by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). Participants also received business licensing information from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Director, Nicholas Majett, and updates on Sunday liquor sales from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) Director, Fred Moosally.
Great Streets is a multi-year and multiple agency effort to transform under-invested corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers using public actions and resources, as needed, to leverage private investment in retail, housing, offices and cultural facilities.
“This was an excellent idea. The information was very helpful to our small businesses community. It was well facilitated, especially with language interpretation available,” said Mr. Jeff Ahn, President of the Korean American Dry Cleaners Association.
OAPIA aims to encourage greater participation from AAPI businesses with this year’s “Great Street Small Business Capital Grant,” and will develop a pilot program that connects interested merchants with bilingual Asian language business graduate students who can assist them with the application process. This partnership will help these business owners overcome language barriers that they may often face when utilizing District government resources and participating in government activities.
“Based on today’s turn out and participation, there is obviously a high level of interest among AAPI communities for business improvement funding opportunities. OAPIA will continue to work with the community and District government agencies to help ensure that the community will be able to receive information about available programs and services,” said Soohyun “Julie” Koo, OAPIA Executive Director. For more information about Great Streets or other small business related efforts by OAPIA, please contact Dory Peters at [email protected] or at (202) 727-9646.