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We recently revamped the site! What do you think? You’ll now see monthly featured resources and reads from our *brand new newsletter*! This month, you can learn how to build perseverance, know what you’re up against as a female entrepreneur seeking venture capital, feel those fall vibes with a quick read on pumpkin marketing, and more […]

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Issue #1: Not Quite Sweater Weather

  Start DC The Monthly Edit #1   *Welcome* to the first issue of the Start DC newsletter! In this issue: why VCs should invest in more women-led start-ups, funding resources, and how to build grit!   A Note from the Founder Happy October! You made it to cooler weather in DC. We’re kicking off […]

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Start DC Travels: Scandinavia

It’s no secret that entrepreneurship is hard work. Entrepreneurship often involves long days and weeks, balancing family, friends, and sometimes another job with launching and growing a business. (See our interviews with Michelle Sampson of Taffy Floral and Marta Staudinger of LATELA Gallery for a few examples.) In the midst of this hustle and our uber-connected, “always-on” […]

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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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Michelle Samson: Taffy Floral

Start DC catches up with Michelle Samson, woman-about-town and founder of Taffy Floral.   Virginia-based business Taffy Floral is unmistakable. Scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, I know before even glancing at the profile that a bouquet is Taffy Floral. And I’ve seen even more Taffy bouquets lately as Michelle Samson, founder, has been busy creating workshops with […]

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Made in DC

Start DC’s lowdown on the Made in DC bill, a promising initiative to boost local businesses. In late January 2016, local entrepreneurs testified before DC city government in support of the Made in DC Program Establishment Act, an initiative aimed at helping DC-based innovators. The program, modeled after successful ventures in cities like Chicago and […]

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Kristin Csehill: Criss Naturals

Start DC talks with Kristin Csehill as she grows her business, Criss Naturals.   I’ve shared the stories of entrepreneurs like Shizu Okusa (JRINK) and Warren Brown (CakeLove), who told me that they started their ventures on the side while working full-time, growing their businesses and testing the waters before making the leap to full-time […]

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