McDuffie Introduces Bill to Support Small Businesses Suffering Financial Distress from District Infrastructure Projects

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Support Small Businesses Suffering Financial Distress from District Infrastructure Projects

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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Support Small Businesses Suffering Financial Distress from District Infrastructure Projects The bill would provide immediate relief for qualifying small businesses including those impacted by the DC Water Northeast Boundary Tunnel construction at 4th Street NE and Rhode Island Avenue NE; as well as businesses impacted by Monroe Street NE bridge reconstruction Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced The Small and Certified Business Enterprise Development and Assistance Emergency Amendment Act of 2019. These pieces of legislation would provide emergency financial assistance to eligible small businesses within 500 feet of construction on District-owned or financed infrastructure. Small business owners would have to be able to demonstrate loss of revenue that leads to…
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McDuffie Champions Amendment to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are a Part of New Sports Wagering Industry

McDuffie Champions Amendment to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are a Part of New Sports Wagering Industry

Press Release
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Champions Amendment to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are a Part of New Sports Wagering Industry Amendment Prioritizes Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs) and Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) and Establishes Capacity Building and Pipeline Program The Underlying Bill, Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, Already Included McDuffie Proposal that Revenue be Directed Toward Public Safety in the form of Violence Interruption Efforts Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 [B22-0944] incorporating Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s amendment to ensure this new industry includes a robust program to include women- and minority-owned small local businesses. As Chair of Committee of Business and Economic Development, Councilmember McDuffie crafted the amendment to incentivize firms already in the industry,…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create Small Business Bonding Program

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create Small Business Bonding Program

Press Release
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create Small Business Bonding Program to Help Business Enterprises Compete for Contracts Program would assist eligible small business owners who have historically been unable to qualify for bonding by providing training and technical assistance to increase their bonding capacity Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Small Business Bonding Program Establishment Amendment Act of 2018. District of Columbia law requires contractors to obtain a performance and payment bond for certain contracts. Contractors work with sureties to ensure they are qualified to enter into the contract, often having their credit, capacity, financial standing, and character reviewed through a rigorous underwriting process. This legislation establishes a program within the Department of Small and…
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Statement on D.C. BizCAP Loan Participation Program

Statement
    Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the D.C. Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, has released the following statement on the D.C. BizCAP Loan Participation Program:   "I recognize that our small and local businesses are the foundation of our growing city and play a crucial part in providing jobs for our residents. We cannot afford to have our government fail our citizens and local businesses. Connecting small and local businesses, particularly our Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs), to access to capital is one of my top priorities. While today’s article in the Washington Business Journal is deeply troubling, I remain committed to working with the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) to increase access to capital for our businesses. As Chair of the Committee on Business…
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McDuffie Introduces Bills to Speed Up Payments to D.C. Contractors and Create an Efficient and Equitable Process for Dispute Resolution Between Prime and Subcontractors

Press Release
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bills to Speed Up Payments to D.C. Contractors and Create an Efficient and Equitable Process for Dispute Resolution Between Prime and Subcontractors   These introductions continue Councilmember McDuffie’s legislative work to make D.C.’s contracting opportunities accessible to more small and local businesses   Quick Payments Amendment Act Requires D.C. to Pay Invoices in 15 days   Government Contractor-Subcontractor Dispute Resolution Act Establishes Dispute Resolution Process for Conflicts that Arise between Prime Contractors and Subcontractors Working on Government Projects   Download this Press Release as a printable PDF Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced two bills to support local and small businesses in the District of Columbia through quicker payments to contractors and the…
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McDuffie introduces legislation to expand opportunities for breweries, wineries and distilleries

Press Release
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) introduced a bill today that will provide a process for artisan alcohol manufacturers to apply for outdoor seating. Currently, breweries, wineries and distilleries with either a tasting permit or a sales permit can serve samples or sell their products for consumption within their facility. Endorsements for sidewalk cafés and summer gardens have been unavailable to manufacturer licensees because the brewery, winery and distillery industries in the District are still relatively new and burgeoning. The “Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Sidewalk Café Endorsement Amendment Act of 2015” will allow breweries, wineries, and distilleries that possess a tasting license or sales permit to apply for a sidewalk café or summer garden endorsement. “The brewery, winery and distillery industries have been fantastic examples of the adaptive…
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