(Start) DC Photos on Display

Start DC gives you an inside look at AIA | DC’s new photo exhibit.   DC residents, now through February 20, the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) is displaying an exhibition with winning photographs from its “#I See DC” Instagram photo contest. There were over 1,300 entries, and 110 were selected by a jury for the exhibition. I’m […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
Josephine Chu: Zenful Bites

Local catering entrepreneur Josephine Chu chats with Start DC about building Zenful Bites. With post-holiday detoxing and a glut of resolutions for healthier eating, it’s perhaps a good time to introduce Zenful Bites, a DC-based social enterprise offering food education and catering services to promote a healthy, sustainable food system. Josephine Chu and Yolanda Hawthorne […]

Read more
Happy 2016 and Thank You!

A thank you from Start DC. Happy New Year! Do you have 2016 resolutions? I like this time of year to pause, reflect, and set an intention or two for the year ahead. In 2016, my resolutions include: Every year, I aim to travel to at least one country that I haven’t visited before. This year, […]

Read more
Dale Nirvani Pfeifer: GoodWorld

December is the season for giving, and it’s not too late! Start DC chats with GoodWorld, an innovative DC startup that is making giving easier. GoodWorld is a platform that helps people donate to the causes they care about directly on social media. By writing a comment or tweeting to a charity and including #donate, GoodWorld […]

Read more
Kimberly Wilson: Tranquil Space Yoga Studios

Kimberly Wilson, DC entrepreneur and founder of Tranquil Space yoga studios, on finding balance and meaning. Kimberly Wilson is the creative director and founder of Tranquil Space yoga studios, which Travel + Leisure magazine has ranked among the top 25 yoga studios in the world. But these are only two of the many hats she […]

Read more
Warren Brown: CakeLove

Warren Brown, DC entrepreneur, talks about his path to creating CakeLove. Fifteen years ago, Warren Brown took a break from his career as a lawyer to pursue a passion for baking. He never looked back. Brown’s leave of absence became the start of CakeLove, his DC-based bakery that launched in 2002. Founded on traditional cakes, CakeLove […]

Read more
Laurie Collins: LC Systems

Laurie Collins, DC entrepreneur, on turning adversity into opportunity. I know Laurie Collins primarily as an Instagram whiz. We both attend DC Instagram meet ups, where she is @dccitygirl, a featured photographer with over 30,000 followers (#InstagramGoals). Collins is also the principal of LC Systems, a DC-based information technology firm that she founded in the […]

Read more
Katelyn Sornik: Kate Bakes Bars

Katelyn Sornik, entrepreneur and foodie, chats about Kate Bakes. From a law student to a self-described alternative baker, Katelyn (Kate) Sornik is not afraid to reinvent herself. Forced to take a break from law school because of health reasons in 2010, Kate began developing a high protein snack bar that met her gluten-free and vegan dietary […]

Read more