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22nd of July 2019

Summer Reading List for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Looking for a book this summer that can bring perspective or insight to your professional life? Then look no further than the summer reading list brought to you by the CHAMPS entrepreneur group! For our July meeting, members brought and recommended books that influenced their personal or professional lives. Here are a few of the […]


18th of July 2019

CHAMPS testimony to PFL Roundtable, July 11, 2019

Written Statement of Julie Aaronson, Executive Director of CHAMPS, the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals July 11, 2019 Public Oversight Roundtable on the Implementation of Law 21-264, The Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act DC Council Committee on Labor & Workforce Development I am submitting a written statement on behalf of CHAMPS, the Capitol […]


21st of June 2019

CHAMPS 2019 Accomplishments

CHAMPS annual meeting was held on June 12, 2019 and we recognized the accomplishments of the year. Board Chairman Brad Johnson of Johnson Law Group International announced that Jesse Heier, co-owner of Jade Fitness and City Dogs, had been voted in to join the board. DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson was the guest speaker, and […]


14th of June 2019

Jesse Heier of Jade Fitness/City Dogs joins CHAMPS board

Jesse Heier has lived in DC for nearly 30 years and on the Hill for the last 20 years. He is a graduate of American University and Johns Hopkins University.  He co-owns City Dogs and Jade Fitness.  Originally from Wisconsin, Jesse grew up on a dairy farm, enjoys yard work, listening to Milwaukee Brewers baseball […]


16th of May 2019

CHAMPS letter to DOES on Paid Family Leave

A PDF of the letter can be downloaded, and the text of the letter is included here for easier viewing. April 26, 2019 Dr. Unique N. Morris-Hughes Director, DC Department of Employment Services 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20019 Dear Dr. Morris-Hughes I am writing on behalf of CHAMPS, Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce, […]


7th of May 2019

Capitol Hill Giving Week – May 4-12

From May 4 to May 12, Capitol Hill Businesses Raise Funds for DC Schools and Organizations [Washington, D.C. – May 1, 2019] — From May 4 to May 12, women-owned businesses Hill’s Kitchen, DCANTER and Summit to Soul will donate a percentage of sales to benefit schools and nonprofit organizations in D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood […]


4th of April 2019

DSLBD Resources

CHAMPS and Eastern Market Main Street hosted DC’s Department of Small and Local Business Development at our March 23 Small Business Session. Camille Nixon, project manager for DSLBD, walked through the online DC Business Toolkit, which is especially useful for entrepreneurs and those just starting their business in DC. It is an online portal that […]


21st of March 2019

Real Estate Agents: what’s within walking distance of your listing?

Realtors, Are you looking for a way to highlight the cool neighborhood shops, dining and services near your listings? CHAMPS member and City Walker CoFounder/CEOMatt Schoemaker has developed City Walker app which can be used to embed a dynamic app on your property listings page that shows what’s in a 15 minute walking distance from […]


6th of March 2019

CHAMPS Committees

CHAMPS is creating three committees to reinforce and strengthen our mission to advocate, connect and promote! Email julie@capitolhill.org to sign up. This is your opportunity to help shape our advocacy and education, grow our membership, and develop the promotions and events that serve your business needs and those of the broader Capitol Hill community. Please […]


The Future of Retail

Check out the information presented by Jon Stover of Jon Stover & Associates Economic Development Consulting. The key takeaway from his presentation: chore retail – the stuff you must buy – is on the decline, while cherish retail – seeking experiences when you purchase goods, is on the rise. Consumers want an experience such as […]