Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street

Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street

In October 2017, Mayor Muriel Bowser designated the Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street (LGMS) program to serve the commercial corridor between Barry Place and Kansas Avenue along Georgia Avenue in Wards 1 & 4. The LGAMS grant was awarded through the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) to revitalize communities by retaining and recruiting businesses, improving commercial properties and streetscapes, and attracting consumers. It serves as a community-based economic development program,  and connects local businesses to the assistance and resources they need to adapt to and thrive in changing local environments. With the leadership and support of community volunteers, LGAMS plans local events and promotions that draw people to shop, play, learn, dine and build meaningful relationships in this vibrant community. LGAMS activities take place in the historic neighborhoods of Pleasant Plains, Park View and Petworth.

Invest in Recovery Campaign

This year looks very different than the one we all anticipated. While supporting small businesses in DC is always the core of District Bridges, the need to address the critical threats small businesses are facing due to the COVID-19 crisis has only clarified the need for our work. Follow along as we share stories of business owner resiliency and highlight the critical technical assistance our staff are providing. We invite you to engage and, most importantly, support this work and the neighborhoods you know and love. Will you make an investment in the Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street today?

We are proud to be a nationally accredited Main Street program by the National Main Street Center as well as a designated DC Main Street by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.

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Small Business Technical Assistance

We’re passionate about helping small local businesses succeed. Each business is unique and needs a unique solution. We take a holistic approach to help you achieve your dreams. Check out some of the ways our Main Street programs can help your business.

Small Business Grants

We annually conduct competitions for small grants up to $2,000 for businesses located within our Main Street program boundaries. These grants are made possible by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.  Join our newsletter to hear about upcoming opportunities.

Business Newsletter

There are a lot of resources and opportunities out there to help you grow your business, but it can be a lot to keep up with. Our business newsletter curates the most relevant opportunities and business news and puts it straight into your inbox. Stay in the know and sign up today!

Business Health Checks & Development Plans

Whether you have been in business for decades or are just getting started you need to have a plan to achieve your business goals. The District Bridges approach to business technical assistance focuses on helping you map out your pathway to success. Our Business Health Check helps us identify your business’s most critical needs. After you have completed your Business Health Check, we work with you directly to develop a Business Development Plan that aligns your business needs with the resources and assistance that will enable you to accomplish your goals.

Training & Workshops

We offer free or low-cost training and workshops on a variety of subjects where business owners get direct access to subject matter experts to them gain new skills to build a thriving business.

One on One Consultations

Need support but you’re not exactly sure what kind? Just need to bounce some ideas off of a trusted person? Our Main Street program staff are here for you. You can set up an in-person or online consultation with one of our professionals. We may not have all the answers, but we’ll work with you to help you navigate your questions and find the answer with you!

Business Promotional Events

Whether you’re looking to get your business in front of a new audience or you want to connect with other businesses and people in your community, we host annual events that can help give your business the exposure you need to grow and help build long term connections in your community.


One of District Bridges’ core values is fun. We love connecting with our communities and bringing people together. Throughout the year we host multiple events that promote our unique neighborhoods and bring people together to have fun! How do you want to get involved?

I’m a Business Owner!

Whether you’re interested in sponsoring an event or becoming a vendor, we have lots of opportunities for you to get your business in front of large audiences who believe in supporting local businesses! Check out our upcoming event opportunities for businesses.

I’m A Willing Volunteer!

Are you looking for ways to give back to your community? Do you like helping plan and manage events? Want to meet new friends? Check out our volunteer opportunities to support District Bridges events!

I’m Planning A Community Event!

Are you planning a community event and looking for opportunities to promote it to the broader community? District Bridges loves to amplify the great work and fun events already happening in our community. Get in touch if you have an event you think would be good for us to promote.

Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street

Program Director, Jennifer Kuiper

Email: LGAMS@districtbridges.org

Email: Jennifer@districtbridges.org

Phone: 202-929-8117

Get Involved!

Volunteering with District Bridges is a great way to support our work to build stronger more connected communities and invest in local businesses. Are you looking to volunteer your time to support one of our upcoming events? Or do you have a skill set that you believe would be of value to our work? Or maybe you have an awesome idea you want to bring to fruition but need a partner to help pull it off… We want to connect with you! Check out the ways you can get involved and let’s have some fun!

Volunteer Sign Up

Sign up for our volunteer corps to be informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities. You can specify specific neighborhoods you’d like to serve or find out about all our opportunities.

Neighborhood Strategy Council Application

Our Neighborhood Strategy Councils (NSCs) are community advisory boards that help us set programmatic priorities for each of our Main Street programs. Complete an application if you’re interested in serving and we’ll be in touch!

Support Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street

Your financial investment in the Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street is a direct investment back into your community. Whether it’s through our support of small local businesses or the community events we host your donation makes our work possible.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to support our work and Lower Georgia Avenue.

234Businesses to Discover

459Hours of Technical Assistance Provided

LGAMS Neighborhood Strategy Council

Karen Coca, Wall of Books

Sheena Ogee, Howard University

Cedric Diakabana, Community Member

Yohan Ferdinando, Short Eats

Peter Fortner, Community Member

Jeremy Gifford, DC Reynolds

Kent (Kenny) Gilmore, Howard Deli

Audra Grant, Community Member

Sara Herrera, Petworth Arts Collective

Darren Jones, Community Member

Matt McFarland, Georgia Avenue Thrive

Thomas Pipkin, Community Member

Erika Ruiz, Community Member

Pablo Sierra, Wall of Books

Safisha (Fia) Thomas, Fia’s Fabulous Finds

Julie Wineinger, Willow

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