Yesterday, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development (DMPED) announced the recipients for this round of the Great Streets Retail Small Business Grant.

Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street, in partnership with SEAS Community Partners and using funds from the Department of Small and Local Business Development’s (DSLBD’s) Technical Assistance program, assisted four businesses with the Great Streets application process, three of whom received awards. Zuri Bistro (7317 Georgia Ave NW), Kukus Beauty Supply (7327 Georgia Ave NW), and J&J Mex-Taqueria (6231 Georgia Ave NW) were awarded a one-time grant of $50,000 each, which is the highest amount available per business.

Kuku Smith expressed excitement and said, “this grant will give me the opportunity to expand my business by installing more security features within my store to make it a safe place for people in the community to shop, and to continue providing the best customer service at Kuku’s Beauty Supply.”

Deset Ethiopian (6128 Georgia Ave NW) also received an award for $50,000. Altogether, these grants total $200,000 in investment for the Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street corridor’s small business community.

Jessica Mailander, Interim Executive Director for UGAMS, congratulates the awardees and says, “Grant funding can be truly transformative and provides the unique opportunity for businesses to reimagine their strategy, expand, and fully grow. We are excited for our neighbors and all of the possibilities for their futures.”

The Great Streets Retail Small Business Grant is the hallmark grant opportunity for the Great Streets program and has helped hundreds of small businesses renovate their storefront to attract new customers and drive profitability.

The Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street was created in 2019 to provide support to local businesses in Brightwood, Manor Park, Shepherd Park, Takoma, and the Parks at Walter Reed. By applying the transformative Main Street Four Points Approach of Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion, and Organization, UGAMS works on strengthening the economic corridor. For additional information and to access the 2022 UGAMS Impact Report, visit here.

UGAMS is a program of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

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The Center would like to recognize and uplift those nonprofits supporting the AAPI community, and celebrates the integral role it plays in our city.

The broad Asian/Pacific term encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Because of the variety of history and lived experiences, there is no single story of the AAPI community and how it has strengthened our culture and society.

Last year, the Center commemorated the diverse experience of AAPI leaders through the I Am the Change series.

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During April, Earth Month, we are proud to highlight some of the region's most prominent organizations that focus their missions on protecting and preserving the environment. These organizations tackle both large and small scale issues to improve our daily community and its future.

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The Center is excited to announce that Jessica Mailander started as the Interim Executive Director for the Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street this month. We look forward to working with her and continuing to support small, independent businesses in the neighborhood.

Jessica joined the Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street program in March of 2022. She came to the program with almost four years of experience in DC Main Streets, having started as an Event Coordinator for Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street and eventually taking on the role of Program Manager for the Upper Bladensburg Road program in the Fall of 2019 – both run by the non-profit Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE (FORIA).

During her time at FORIA, Jessica headed up the events portfolio for the two programs, including Porch Fest and the Procrastinator’s Holiday Market, growing both events to over 1,000 attendees during her time there. She supported small business owners through technical assistance and facade improvement grants, and played an integral role in shepherding the small businesses in Northeast DC through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to her time in DC Main Streets, Jessica worked for FirstNet in the Department of Commerce as an Industry Liaison. Jessica graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. She interned with the Department of Agriculture while pursuing a Masters degree in Social Policy. She currently lives in DC with her husband and their dog, Maple. She is excited to work with the Ward 4 business community on Upper Georgia Avenue.

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Thank you to those who attended the third annual Get Centered with BINGO game on March 31st. It was the perfect way to wrap up the first quarter of the year!

Ahead of the three rounds, CEO Glen O’Gilvie explained the Center’s connection between the classic game of BINGO and the tips and guidelines given by the event’s five sponsors that are experts in their field.


Linda Chaisson, accountant and office manager at the Colorado Nonprofit Association, won our first round quickly and picked prize basket #3, which included Amazon Gift Cards, a 30 Minute Remote Support/Tech Support, and one free class at the Center. Linda’s BINGO was made entirely of the “I” column, so she walked the group through her organization’s IT plan. An informative row of I’s win!

Our second prize basket included Amazon gift cards, a 30 Minute Security Awareness Training Program for all staff, a 30-minute finance consultation, and one free class at the Center. This was won by Nancy Tolbert, Executive Director of CALMRA, Inc, which provides services to adults with disabilities in Montgomery and Prince George’s county.

In our final round, we had two BINGOs! One from a previous winner, and the second from Dottie Bose from the Residential Home Association of Marion. Dottie won Basket #1, which includes a 30-Minute IT Support or IT Security Consultation, a personal tax consultation, Amazon Gift Cards, and one free class at the Center.

In addition to our three rounds of Bingo and expert guidance, the Center raffled off two prizes. Alan Randall from Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology won our first raffle, which was a copy of How to Be an Antiracist and a Starbucks gift card. Se-A Han from NOVA ScriptsCentral won the second raffle, For Everyone by Jason Reynolds and a Starbucks gift card. Congratulations!

A huge ‘Thank You’ to our sponsors for helping us put on an excellent event! The experts’ recommended steps below will remain posted for the next few months. If you need any assistance, we encourage you to reach out to our sponsors:


Goldin Group

 Ariel Goldin

Simple IT Care 

Christopher Chung
855-471-8200 x601
703.655.5020 (cell)




Cheryl L. Jones


Nonstop Wellness


Lenserf & Co.



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The Center is excited to announce a new benefit to its members and their employees that provides unique discounts and rewards on your everyday shopping needs.

After creating an account with your Center code, use the portal for the exclusive online shopping experience. Current promos you don’t want to miss include, 35% off the Disney+ streaming bundle, 50% off a HelloFresh box, and more from brands you already love.

For more information on how to start saving, visit our Discounts & Rewards page.

The Discounts & Rewards program is powered in partnership with Lenserf & Co, which works to retain a happier workforce by providing best-in-class benefits.

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In February, the Center celebrated Black History Month through the next installment of the I Am the Change Series.
In line with the Center for Race, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion’s mission, we are proud to highlight organizations dedicated to advancing racial equity in our communities. Visit the page to read profiles on the following organizations and explore the excellent work they do throughout our communities.

• ACLU of the District of Columbia
• DC Black Church Initiative
• The National Black Caucus of State Legislators
• National Black Justice Coalition
• National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
• National Forum for Black Public Administrators
• OAR of Arlington, Alexandria, & Falls Church
• YWCA National Capital Area

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The Center will close its office from December 24th to January 3rd to celebrate the holidays. We are preparing for the New Year and are excited for things to come!





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We sent a printed version of the 2021 Nonprofit Agenda to all attendees to our Annual Celebration. Read through our recently-released digital version to celebrate our members’ successes and learn about what nonprofit industry experts foresee in the New Year!

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Welcome to the team!


Kevin Hinton

Kevin Hinton is CEO/Executive Director of Beacon House, an afterschool education and youth development nonprofit organization which serves children and families in Northeast Washington, DC. Beacon House’s Board of Directors appointed Kevin as CEO/Executive Director in February 2017 after he served successfully for five months as Interim Executive Director. Kevin possesses more than 25 years of professional experience in strategic leadership, partnership building, financial management, and team leadership in both the for-profit and the not-for-profit sectors. He holds an MBA degree from NYU-Stern School of Business and a BA degree from Williams College. He is also a graduate of Little Rock Central High School, site of the 1957 desegregation crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas. In December 2019, Kevin participated in the 2019 Converge Academy, a leadership academy for social purpose leaders hosted by American Express, the Center for Creative Leadership, and LeaderStories. Kevin was one of 24 participants, selected from nearly 150 applicants from across the United States.


Darryl Maxwell

Darryl Maxwell is a Director for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, responsible for the Nonprofit & Small Business Legal Assistance Programs. His work is focused on providing pro bono legal support, education, and counsel to community-based nonprofits and disadvantaged small businesses. Prior to joining the Pro Bono Center, Darryl worked in private practice. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the George Washington University Law School.

Darryl currently serves as Board Chair of the Latino Economic Development Center, an organization that assists Latinos and other D.C.-area residents with small business development, microlending, affordable housing preservation, and pathways to homeownership. He also serves at his law school alma mater as a Professorial Lecturer in Law.


Sultan Shakir

Sultan Shakir is the Executive Director of SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders), an organization that works to support and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metro area. Sultan works to expand opportunities for young LGBTQ people through youth empowerment. Prior to joining SMYAL, Sultan worked at the Human Rights Campaign where he served as a director of the DC and Maryland marriage equality campaigns, and in his most recent role, led the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Project, working to make campuses safer and more inclusive of LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Sultan is the son of teachers. He is a graduate of Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, with an emphasis on double bass performance. His earliest thoughts of community organizing were about sharing his passion for classical music with other young African-American males in Baltimore at a time when as many black males were dropping out of high school as graduating. “I decided it was more important for me to change the world than to be an entertainer,” he said. Sultan has been honored with the Community Circle Award by Baltimore Black Gay Pride, named Jewel of the Month by the National Black Justice Coalition, and won the DC Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance Distinguished Service Award.

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