Start DC Travels: Entrepreneurism in Liberia

Entrepreneurism takes all forms. On even a quick walk in Washington, DC, you can find handfuls of enterprising businesses, from booths hawking screen printed political merchandise to women making and selling elote on a street corner. We recently returned from Liberia, a country that lacks formal business infrastructure as it struggles to recover from years of civil […]

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Women’s March On Washington

Yesterday, we marched with women and allies in Washington DC, the country, and all around the world in support of human rights and justice. Here are some scenes from the day. “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” -Audrey Lorde PHOTOS AND ARTICLE […]

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Messy Cooking with Flours in Your Hair

The lines between blogging/social media and business are blurred. For some in the District, like Katelyn Sornik of Kate Bakes and Tamon George of Creative Theory, social media or blogging was an entry-point to starting their own ventures. With this in mind, I reached out to Flours in Your Hair, a food and recipe blog started by two […]

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4 Tips to Grow A Business // Tamon George, Creative Theory

Tamon George finished a graduate business degree last year. Just a few months later, he launched Creative Theory, a District-based content marketing firm built in part on the Instagram expertise of George and his co-founder Gary Williams. Creative Theory is making a name for itself and has partnered with brands like Nike and H&M. Read […]

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Start DC Travels: Summer Vacation

As we’ve heard from Washington, DC entrepreneurs like Sandra Kim, self-care is an important part starting a business. In that vein, I recently took time off to rest and recharge while visiting Ireland and Poland. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip (head over to Instagram if you want even more)! Hope you have a […]

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Food Feature: Poke Pop-Up

Hawaiian Poke Makes Its Way to DC. As a former resident of the Aloha State, I’m very excited that poke (pronounced “poh-kay”) has finally found its way to Washington, DC. The dish is a raw, marinated fish salad that is ubiquitous in Hawaii—tasty versions are literally sold in grocery stores. Poke gets its name from the Hawaiian verb […]

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3 Tips for Founders // Marta Staudinger, LATELA Gallery

Marta Staudinger of LATELA Gallery shares with Start DC the top three lessons she’s learned as a founder.   In April, we checked out the “Collage” exhibit at LATELA, Marta Staudinger’s new Brookland art gallery and creative space. For part two of our LATELA feature, we have a chat with Staudinger herself. As a quick recap on LATELA, the gallery first opened in […]

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LATELA’s “Collage” Exhibit

Start DC Checks Out One of DC’s Newest Art Galleries. LATELA (pronounced “Nutella” with a “La–”) is Marta Staudinger’s newly-opened Brookland art gallery and creative space. And like the hazelnut spread with which it shares syllables, LATELA is already winning fans. The space was recently voted DC’s best commercial art gallery by Washington City Paper in its 2016 reader […]

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Aaron Balogun: Spoke DC

Start DC meets Spoke DC! We sat down with Aaron Balogun, the founder of Spoke DC. According to Aaron Balogun, Chief Product Officer and founder of Spoke DC, nonprofit organizations have similar marketing goals, but varying degrees of success based on the support they receive. Enter Spoke DC, a DC-based business that provides technology and online marketing support […]

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