Category: Pass the Mic

Enterprising Women of Color

Strengthening a small business ecosystem of support and success for women entrepreneurs of color, Enterprising Women of Color provides business assistance and programming powered by the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif). The latter was established in 1987 with a mission to increase equity and economic opportunity in underserved communities across DC. The Enterprising Women of […]

Written by on August 5, 2021


Halcyon is an anchor in DC’s social entrepreneurship ecosystem, equipping innovators and creators with resources to grow their early-stage and impact-driven solutions. Since their 2014 inception, the incubator has grown significantly to encompass multiple programs, spaces, and a strong network of investors and mentors that all help fellows evolve. With a strong commitment to building […]

Written by on July 14, 2021

Pass the Mic: The Hive 2.0

Providing a space for small businesses to grow in Anacostia since 2012, The Hive 2.0 is one of the many projects under the umbrella of ARCH Development. The latter is a Ward 8 nonprofit founded in 1986 that partners with residents and community stakeholders to create a permanent home for arts, culture, and the creative […]

Written by on May 22, 2021

Pedal Retail Advisors

By Sheila Laderberg Tarasiuk Founder, Pedal Retail Advisors Renting a commercial retail space is a whole thing. The journey from deciding that you want to open a bricks and mortar space and getting open is long, rocky and surprisingly confusing. For first timers, the journey is challenging at best and financially catastrophic at worst. Yeah, […]

Written by on May 22, 2021