From the Executive Director:
I am pleased to present the North Capitol Main Street (NCMS) Annual Report for 2018. As an organization, we strive to put our best foot forward every day to serve this business community in the most efficient and effective ways possible. In this year’s report, we are highlighting many, though certainly not all, of the organization’s accomplishments and activities that advance our mission to support small business and generate pride of place through a vital economy.
The past year, 2018, proved to be another eventful year for our organization. We worked closely with our partners at the Department of Small and Local Business and members of the DC Council, notably Councilman McDuffie to support our budget initiatives including increased grant funding, which we are proud to have tripled, technical and design assistance, as well as increased participation at all of our promotional events. Additionally, we have been working with independent consultants to provide assessments and data points to demonstrate the trends and growth in this business community.
Lastly, we sought to increase our funding stream and create more opportunities to enhance our business’s visibility and their bottom lines.
We are proud to announce that our partnership with DCWater’s Clean Rivers Project will provide just that opportunity.
I hope you enjoy reading this report and that it gives you further insight into the work that we do and the progress we have made as an organization in partnership with others. Our board and the team of consultants we work with are our greatest resources, and I’m proud to say we have a team committed to working together for the success of our organization. As we enter 2019, I would like to take a moment to thank all of our businesses, partners, volunteers, patrons, and community advocates for the time, commitment and kindness you show us and one another everyday!
On behalf of all of us at NCMS, here’s to another great year.
Aisha Bond, Esq. , Executive Director
From the Board Chair:
When I first joined the North Capitol Main Street (NCMS) Executive Board in 2015, I was compelled to do so because I wanted to play a small part in contributing to the economic and social life of my community. NCMS has certainly provided many opportunities for me, fellow board members, and members of our community to do just that. The NCMS Executive Board’s focus in 2018 was to further strengthen our internal governance while providing greater value to our community of businesses and neighbors. As you’ll see in the following pages, there was great progress on both fronts.
In addition to another great year of North Capitol’s Art All Night (silent disco, anyone?!?), it’s been wonderful to see our organization refine our newer flagship events such as the Chili Challenge, I <3 North Cap, and Taste of North Cap. NCMS plans to continue building on our internal governance successes so that we can continue to support such events as well as our local small businesses. The Board and I are especially looking forward to exploring how we can best support the businesses in our corridor through the exciting times of change and development ahead. In doing so, North Capitol Main Street believes it will be able to best support our community’s health and vitality into 2019 and beyond.
Yuh Wen Ling, Board Chair