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6th of April 2017

CM Allen Breakfast Wrap-up

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen sat down with CHAMPS Members this morning to engage on local business concerns.  CM Allen opened by championing the strong financial position of D.C. The city’s budget surplus has triggered several tax cuts that D.C. Council had mandated three years prior including cutting the business franchise tax from 9.5% to […]

4th of April 2017


According to LeanIn.Org women on average are paid 20% less than men – and Black and Hispanic women are paid even less.  April 4 is Equal Pay Day.  Hundreds of businesses across the nation are participating in the event to highlight the unfairness of the gender pay gap.  Businesses are offering special events, discounts, and highlights […]

3rd of April 2017

Donate to Serve Your City Book Drive for DC Prep

Serve Your City (SYC), a CHAMPS Member, is facilitating a Book Drive for DC Prep Middle School and YOU can help!  Check out the amazon wish list here and help fill the empty book shelves.  Uplift our youth to uplift our current and future local business economy. SYC recently presented the school with boxes of books, […]

9th of March 2017

Advocacy Breakfast Wrap Up: Universal Paid Leave Act

This morning a group of 20 CHAMPS Members sat down with D.C. Councilmember Elissa Silverman to discuss the Universal Paid Leave Act.  The legislation, co-authored by Silverman and Councilmember David Grosso was passed by D.C. Council in December 2016.  After long voicing “grave concern” for the legislation D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser allowed the bill to […]

6th of March 2017

Paid Family Leave Act Updates

The Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 (B21-0415) was passed by D.C. Council on December 20, 2016.  After long voicing “grave concern” for the legislation D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser allowed the bill to become law without her signature.  The bill is currently under congressional review with projected law date of April 7, 2017.  Now amid […]

27th of February 2017

Small Business Parking Permits Proposed

D.C. Councilmembers R. White, Nadeau, and Todd recently introduced the Small Business Parking Act of 2017.  The proposed legislation would create a parking permit class for small business owners and employees.  Small businesses were defined as having no more than one location, 10 employees, and no parking which it controls.  Home based businesses are excluded.  Full […]

US Chamber of Commerce Federation Partnership

CHAMPS is continuously looking for ways to provide our members with additional services and resources. Today, we are excited to announce a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that welcomes qualified existing CHAMPS members, as a new member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at no additional cost.   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is […]

Wages, Hours and Problems: Avoiding Workplace Headaches

CHAMPS recently hosted a Lunch and Learn with member and local Attorney Jim Loots.  Jim spoke with us on the topic of Wages, Hours and Problems:  Avoiding Workplace Headaches.  Here’s the top takeaways. The Obama Administration rule that would have allowed salaried workers making under $47,476 (current figure is $23,660) to earn overtime has been […]

Skip Thompson Joins Board of Directors

CHAMPS is pleased to announce Skip Thompson of Edward Jones Investments has joined the Board of Directors.  Skip’s expertise with budget and finances as well as his love of our Capitol Hill neighborhood make him a great addition.  Welcome aboard!   Skip Thompson Bio: As an Edward Jones Financial Advisor, I believe its important to […]

23rd of February 2017

Bowser Names New Police Chief

In a public safety update statement this morning D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser named Peter Newsham Chief of Police.  Newsham has assumed the role of Interim Chief of Police when Chief Lanier retired in September 2016.  With public safety a chief concern for Capitol Hill businesses, CHAMPS will continue to provide blog updates in this regard. […]