Small Business: The Heart of DC, A COVID-19 Virtual Experience

Helping Small Businesses

Now is the time for us to come together as a community to support each other, but more importantly, to support our small businesses. There are a multitude of ways we can step up to rally around Small Business: The Heart of DC. CNHED is proudly doing its part by presenting Small Business: The Heart of DC during the month of May. We are partnering with small business support organizations and District agencies to coordinate a month-long virtual experience to help small businesses planprepare & pivot in the midst of COVID-19. As we continue to practice social distancing, let’s create a supportive community virtually and help small businesses continue to weather the days ahead.

We invite the small business community to check out the myriad of virtual learning experiences and technical assistance resources, see what businesses are still open, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements about panel discussions and DIY virtual events in May.

Stay informed and Sign Up

Type of EventEventHosted byDateTimeRegister
WorkshopHarmoney Financial Literacy: Small Business Recovery & the Emotional Impact

Grisel SaezTuesday, May 2611:30 am - 1:00 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopIs Investment Crowdfunding Right for YouStreet EntrepreneursMonday, May 254:00 to 5:00 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopMake Your Website Work for YouGrow with GoogleTuesday, May 2612:30 to 1:30 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopWhat If? What Now? - Business Succession Planning Part 1The Greater Washington Urban LeagueTuesday, May 261:00 to 2:30 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopWork for Yourself @ 50+Latino Economic Development CenterTuesday, May 261:00 to 3:00 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopOnline Presence for Small Businesses Workshop Series: Email MarketingGreater Washington Hispanic Chamber of CommerceTuesday, May 2611:00 am to 12:30 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopOperational PitfallsStreet EntrepreneursWednesday, May 274:00 to 5:00 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopBuilding a Business in Your IndustryCHCTDCWednesday, May 276:00 to 8:00 pmRSVP
WorkshopCash and Debt in Good and Bad TimesAscend/UW Foster School of BusinessWednesday, May 278:30 to 10:30 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopOnline Presence for Small Businesses Workshop Series: Digital AdsGreater Washington Hispanic Chamber of CommerceThursday, May 2811:00 am to 12:30 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopWhat If? What Now? - Business Succession Planning Part 2The Greater Washington Urban LeagueThursday, May 281:00 to 2:30 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopDC E-Commerce Summit:
Turning Ideas into Reality: How to Build your E-commerce Business
Washington DC Economic PartnershipThursday, May 281:15 to 2:15 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopDC E-Commerce Summit: Food and Beverage: When Mom and Pop goes DigitalWashington DC Economic Partnership & LEDC Thursday, May 281:15 to 2:30 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopDC E-Commerce Summit: Como Construir un Modelo de Negocio Exitoso Para Comercio Electronico (Spanish Only)Washington DC Economic Partnership & LEDC Thursday, May 281:15 to 2:30 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopHow to Find Opportunities and Test Your Ideas When Existing Assumptions are ChallengedSCOREThursday, May 282:00 to 3:00 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopDC E-Commerce Summit: Entrepreneur’s Perspective: The Do’s and Don’ts of Launching your E-commerce BusinessWashington DC Economic Partnership & LEDC Thursday, May 282:45 to 3:45 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopLearn the Basics of Getting Your Business OnlineDC BID Council and LookThinkThursday, May 28

4:00 to 6:00 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopUse YouTube and Paid Media to Grow Your BusinessGrow with GoogleFriday, May 2912:00 1:30 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopChange & Building Equity in your BusinessDCRAMonday, June 12:00 to 3:00 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopSales Strategies for Start UpsStreet EntrepreneursTuesday, June 24:00 to 5:00 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopNegotiating with Employees, Vendors, and Other Business PartnersAscend/UW Foster School of BusinessWednesday, June 38:30 to 10:30 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopHow to Finish your Business & ExitThink Local FirstMonday, June 82:00 to 3:00 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopInventory and Supply Chain Management in Volatile TimesAscend/UW Foster School of BusinessWednesday, June 108:30 to 10:30 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopHow to Monetize and Reach Customers Online with Google Grow with GoogleThursday, June 115:00 to 6:30 pm"RSVP"
WorkshopComing to Terms w/ Closing your Business and Next StepsSmall Business RoundtableMonday, June 152:00 to 3:00 pm"RSVP"


Participate in a Virtual “DIY” Class 

Just because your favorite small business is practicing social distancing doesn’t mean you have to! You can still enjoy your favorite things by virtually attending the following workshops for this week below:

  • Baking Series: Focaccia. Sunday, May 31 @ 4:00 pm.  Learn the basics of focaccia. Make your own loaf of fluffy focaccia and add some sweet or savory toppings. Registrants will be provided an ingredient list, written instructions, and a video recording of the class. RSVP here.


Follow up for Assistance

Get coaching from local technical assistance organizations on how to run your business safely and efficiently:


“Biz-to-Biz” Friday Gift Card Giveaway

Beginning on Friday May 15, CNHED is kicking-off a “Biz-to-Biz” Friday Gift Card Giveaway. We’re calling all DC small businesses to register in order to participate in this weekly gift card giveaway. We will randomly select 3 businesses to receive a gift card purchased from three different small businesses live via Zoom on Fridays this month. The gift cards will be from local restaurants, community grocers, retail, printing services, and professional services.

There are two ways small businesses can participate:

  1. CNHED will purchase a gift card from your business to raffle off to another business, and/ or
  2. You may enter to win a gift card from another business

General Rules:

  • All gift cards purchased from participating businesses and winning businesses selected during the live drawing are all done so at random. 
  • Submissions to enter the raffle end on Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST sharp.
  • You only need to enter once, and you will receive an automatic confirmation for your entry. If your name wasn’t called or your business wasn’t chosen to win on a given Friday, your entry will automatically roll over to next week’s pool.
  • If you’ve won once, congratulations! You may not enter again. 

Announcement of the winners will take place LIVE via Zoom on May 15, May 22 and May 29 at noon. Interested small businesses can register here!


Translate »