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D.C. Councilmember Orange Introduces Bill to Expand Opportunities for Local Businesses

May 17, 2012

Tuesday, Councilmember Vincent B. Orange, Sr. introduced the “Small, Local and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Development and Assistance Omnibus Amendment Act of 2012.”

Chairman Kwame Brown and the following Councilmembers: Yvette Alexander, Marion Barry, Muriel Bowser, Michael Brown, Jack Evans, and Jim Graham co-sponsored the measure.

This bill expands opportunities for small and local businesses to grow within the District by adding clarity to the District’s small business laws.  This measure clarifies the original intent of the law which is aimed at giving bid preferences to certified small business enterprises; and if there are no adequate certified small business enterprises then the preference shall go to a certified business enterprise. 

This measure gives the Mayor the power to suspend and debar contractors and developers who are consistently in violation of this law.

As Orange states, “This bill takes a profound step in the right direction by rewarding District-based businesses, who hire District residents, which in turn creates additional employment opportunities. Further, it improves contracting opportunities for District-based small businesses, which increases the amount of dollars that are circulated within the District’s borders.”

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Rose Park Farmers' Market Season Opener

May 2, 2012

Friends and neighbors were out in force the minute Georgetown Farmers' Market in Rose Park set up tables and raised awnings.

Ruth Werner, Jack Evans, Leslie Wheelock and David Dunning (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ruth Werner, Jack Evans, Leslie Wheelock and David Dunning

Now in their 10th year, every Wednesday through October, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, look for seasonal produce, artisanal breads, fresh flowers, local meats and fish, and … starting next week, pickles and roasted coffee!

Gaylord Clark and Jeff Nace from Two Oceans True Foods, Inc. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gaylord Clark and Jeff Nace from Two Oceans True Foods, Inc.

New kids on the block, Gaylord Clark and Jeff Nace offer heritage pultry, broad-breasted turkeys, free-range chickens and eggs and locally sourced seafood from Two Oceans True Foods. Gaylord has over 30 years' experience in commercial fisheries (on both coasts), committed to sustainable harvests.

Sam from Baguette Republic (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sam from Baguette Republic


Anchor Nursery  Fresh vegetables, fresh cut flowers, plants

Quaker Valley Orchards  Berries, honey, apples, peaches, greens

Les Caprices de Joelle  Paella, soups, quiche, waffles(!) and other goodies

Baguette Republic  Artisan breads, pastries and cookies

Praline Bakery  French bakery specialities; dinners-to-go, croissants

Two Oceans True Foods  Seafood, free-range chicken, turkey, eggs, raw honey

Oh! Pickles Pickles and roasted coffee

The market is looking for musicians to provide entertainment between 3:00 and 7:00 pm on Wednesday afternoons.

Middle school or high school students needing to fulfill volunteer requirements as performers, social media promoters and market assistants should email:

Rose Park Farmers' Market is at 26th and O Streets.

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Don't Miss Georgetown House Tour This Saturday

April 26, 2012

3007 Q Street (Photo by: Christian Zapatka renovation architect) 3007 Q Street

This year's Georgetown House Tour is Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. As a corporate sponsor, Washington Fine Properties' President Thomas Anderson encourages everyone to be part of this unique event: “The Georgetown House Tour is the oldest annual house tour in the country, and here it is in Georgetown-in our wonderful back yard. The houses open this year are the best yet and I hope everyone comes to enjoy a wonderful experience!”

Featuring nine of Georgetown's most beautiful homes and their impressive gardens, the houses are arranged for easy walking. Included in the ticket price is a map of the houses and Parish Tea in Blake Hall at the historic St. John's Church located at 3240 O Street. For additional information, call 202.338.1796. Purchase tickets at St. John's Church.

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