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Thursday, 10 April 2014 17:10

Tenant Town Hall May 3rd

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Come see and feel the vibrant tenant movement for affordable housing in action at the 7th Annual Tenant Town Hall. Join LEDC, the CNHED Housing for All Campaign, and Empower DC as DC residents present their housing priorities and solutions to the directors of DC housing agencies and Council members.

Seven years running, the Tenant Town Hall is one of the best events of the year. Hear from tenants who are fighting for decent, affordable housing in the District of Columbia!

7th Annual Tenant Town Hall
Date: Saturday, May 3rd
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: St. Stephen's Church (1525 Newton St NW Washington, DC)

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7th Annual Tenant Town Hall Flyer 2014-04-14 1.8 MB

Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:24

Bridging the Small Business Digital Divide

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Nonprofits are uniquely positioned to form partnerships to help residents and businesses thrive in today's digital economy, said LEDC Executive Director Gustavo Velasquez at the March 20th Do Something More - A Nonprofit Technology Summit.

Velasquez, the summit keynote, highlighted LEDC's 10-month partnership with Connect DC, the Digital Inclusion Initiative of the DC Chief Technology Officer, to equip more than 200 small businesses with skills and tools to boost their sales, efficiency, and market share.

"If we care about equity, we must care about technology and community partnerships," Velasquez said.

Download Gustavo's keynote speech here.

Do Something More Keynote Speech - LEDC's Gustavo Velasquez 2014-03-27 794.98 KB

Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:57

Happy Birthday, Kiva City DC!

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Kiva City DC, launched in 2013 to bring the power of microfinance to the Washington region, is celebrating its 1-year anniversary.

Through a partnership with Capital One, LEDC's Community Asset Fund for Entrepreneurs, and Kiva trustees, Kiva City DC has connected 59 entrepreneurs with more than a half million dollars of capital to help start and expand their small businesses through its multiple projects in the region.

LEDC is Kiva's lead local partner for the project. By connecting more than 5,000 Kiva lenders to 33 small business owners last year, LEDC facilitated the investment of $372,000 in the Washington region through the program.

Read the story of Aurea de la Cruz, owner of Baby's Start Daycare. She received a loan through the Kiva City DC project.


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