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2nd of May 2017

A Day In The Life: Holly Harper

The April 2017 edition of Inc. magazine detailed A Day in the Life of eight entrepreneurs at the top of their game.  CHAMPS was curious; how do our members, themselves local entrepreneurs and business leaders at the top of their game, make it work?  Here’s our first look behind the scenes with Holly Harper of […]

26th of April 2017

3 Critical Website Tips Every Business Owner Needs To Know

Jonathan Clark of Diginovas, the small business website experts, spoke to our CHAMPS Member Lunch and Learn this week on 3 Critical Website Tips Every Business Owner Needs to Know. The takeaways straight from the Diginovas presentation: It’s fairly simple to build a website in this day and age. But it’s not so easy building […]

Business Sector’s Role in Solving Social Issues

CHAMPS Board of Directors member Skip Thompson spoke on a panel at Social Impact 360’s Shift Series this past weekend to address the business sector’s role in solving social issues. Skip addressed CHAMPS role saying, “Our job is to be an advocate for small businesses by providing them with resources and information about issues that […]

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 […]