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  Arlington's Small Business GRANT 2.0 program is now open for applications. The program will provide direct financial assistance to 200 eligible Arlington businesses struggling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses that are eligible for an Arlington Small Business GRANT 2.0 must:   Be in one of the following industry categories: Arts and...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2021   CONTACT: LaToya Foster (EOM) – (202) 727-5011; latoya.foster@dc.gov   Mayor Bowser’s Emergency COVID-19 Relief at Work Keeping District Residents and Small Businesses Covered with Quality Health Insurance    (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that thousands of DC residents and small businesses with DC Health Link coverage have had their past-due health insurance premiums paid thanks to a local program using American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief funds for cities...
Maybe you didn’t get into the business to out-clean your competitors but when it comes to delivering an exceptional experience to your guests, it’s what separates the good from the great. Keeping everyone feeling safe is part of the experience.   For your workers, it gives them a marker for their collective achievement every day; it’s something they can be proud of.   For your guests, it puts them at ease. And they want to be put at ease. (You’re on the same team.) They want to bring their friends and family to a place they trust. We can help you put a...
Training your crew to execute a solid cleaning job amid the fast action of a foodservice is what separates the good from the great. National Food Safety Month tips this week identify what should be cleaned, sanitized, or disinfected and how to make those efforts visible to guests when possible.   Two items that might not currently be in your training routine: How to treat non-food surfaces and what to do if a guest gets sick. Read the full post at Food Safety Focus and get a free poster and activity sheet that makes setting up cleaning schedules easy. Enjoy a...
 Irrepressibly strong foodservice industry celebrates resilience, honors its own    Washington, DC (September 19, 2021)—Fully vaccinated restaurant industry professionals and their fans gathered tonight at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 39th Annual RAMMY Awards as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced winners and awarded a range of special distinctions following a year unlike any other. Special for this year only, RAMW, the esteemed panel of RAMMYS judges, and the 2021 RAMMYS Chairs Committee came together to identify...
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Did you know our #PermanenteMedicine experts have done a series of Facebook Lives on important community health topics? In the latest session, a panel of physicians discussed the flu vaccine and its importance as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look and hear answers to questions like:   Can you have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time? Why do you need a flu shot every year? How do physicians advise families in diverse neighborhoods who may be hesitant to be vaccinated? What do immunocompromised individuals need to know about getting a...
RAMW is supporting Blue Star Welcome Week by Blue Star Families, a national non-profit organization assisting military families around the globe, is engaging in an opportunity for communities across the country to welcome our military families who transition every year during this week to new posts and communities. They wish to remind all Americans what we owe to our military families, their service members, and veterans. It is an opportunity for military families and transitioning families to make meaningful connections to their communities and what better way to start, ...
To a small business owner, navigating the must-have’s and the nice-to-have’s of health benefits can seem daunting. Are you required to offer health care to your staff? How much will that cost you? Do the benefits of employee-sponsored health coverage outweigh the costs?   While the circumstances and specific requirements may differ from business to business, at Kaiser Permanente we know that health coverage isn’t just a benefit to the employee, but also to the business owner. Because healthier employees lead to a healthier bottom line.   In a recent article in...
RAMW is introducing access to a new SBA lending program to help maximize your revenue in this improving economy. Capital Direct offers a solution to help you invest in strategies to expand, acquire new customers and increase sales.    The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) - provides an ideal funding solution. This Unique SBA program is now offering Small Business Owners loans - up to $500,000. Quick Access to Working Capital. Rates at only 3.75% - with Thirty (30) Year Repayment terms. Zero payments are required for your...
As a direct result of our advocacy, we are thrilled to share that included in the Budget Support Act is a grant program which was conceived and advocated for by RAMW over the past year.   The grant program is funded with $40 million dollars and would be available to a small business operating a restaurant, tavern, nightclub, entertainment venue, or retail establishment on leased property with revenues of less than $5 million dollars in 2020. The program will pay up to one-third of rent arrearage accruing during the period of April 1, 2020 to March 30, 2021, provided the landlord abates...
  CONTACT:  LaToya Foster (EOM) – (202) 727-5011; latoya.foster@dc.gov Walter E. Washington Convention Center Now Open for Conventions, Conferences, and Events (WASHINGTON, DC) – On Tuesday, August 3, at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser will cut the ribbon and attend the grand opening of Ben’s Chili Bowl and Shop Made DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The grand opening of these two vendors comes just as the Convention Center welcomes back guests with the return of two popular conventions this month. Otakon (...
Washington, DC (July 26, 2021)—Industry professionals and their fans gathered this afternoon as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced finalists for the 2021 RAMMY Awards, the winners of which will be announced on Sunday, September 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Special for this year only, many stakeholders came together to identify categories that speak to 2020 and the myriad of challenges, unforeseen hurdles, and opportunities that arose to let creativity shine. Recognizing that it would not be fair to assess the industry on...
DDOT just announced streatry permits are extended through Monday, February 28, 2022. Applicants do not need to take any action as DDOT will automatically extend the valid permits to the above date. Please see the release text below and I'm attaching the doc as well.   The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced it will extend the temporary Streatery Program and associated public space permits through Monday, February 28, 2022. This is expected to continue assisting businesses still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those...
We know that hiring and retaining employees is the largest challenge facing restaurant owners today. The video below features Chris Floyd, President and Founder of Capital Restaurant Resources. Learn from his experience how to deal with hiring issues for today and the future. Keep up to date with the latest industry trends and issues! Register for the "Changing Strategies for Changing Times" program to receive video interviews that will make a difference in running your restaurant! If you have questions regarding the "Changing Strategies for Changing Times"...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954 RAMW Highlights Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week Offerings Signature promotion offers something for everyone and exciting new restaurants this August Washington, DC (July 20, 2021)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today the roster of restaurants participating in Summer Restaurant Week from Monday, August 9, to Sunday, August 15. The signature summer dining event returns to a one-week promotion with Restaurant Week diners able to enjoy three-course...
They say that “change is good.” And while switching to Kaiser Permanente should be a seamless experience, any organizational change can be disruptive and spark many questions – especially when the change involves something as important as health care. The good news is that there are ways to minimize that disruption so employees can feel good about the change and stay focused on doing their job. In a recent blog post, we shared tips employers can use to leverage best practices in change management.
Don’t let refrigeration run up your energy costs! Refrigeration equipment for small businesses like convenience stores and restaurants can account for as much as 60% of electricity consumption.   From now until Sept 15, 2021, the DCSEU will cover up to 100% of materials cost for fan replacements for coolers and freezers as well as door heater controls on glass door refrigerators and freezers. The overall energy savings will make up for the cost of the installation. The new installation will not only reduce energy costs but could extend the life of your equipment.  ...
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced its upcoming Summer Concert Series. With four back-to-back nights of live entertainment, Events DC is leading the charge in the return of live music and large-scale events, safely hosting crowds of up to 3,000 at Entertainment & Sports Arena. The Summer Concert Series will kick off on Thursday, July 22 with Grammy-nominated artist Robert Randolph and The Family Band , followed by DC-based go-go group Junkyard Band  on Friday, July 23, beloved...
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: July 15, 2021 Contact: Adam Hudson: (202) 527-5622; adam.hudson@dc.gov Linda Wharton Boyd: (202) 351-9777; linda.wharton-boyd@dc.gov   Washington, DC­­ –The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) Executive Board voted to adopt recommendations from its Social Justice and Health Disparities Working Group, in an effort to stop racism in health care. These recommendations are focused on three crucial areas in order to establish practices, structures, and policies that can be implemented by DCHBX...
As many of you have been following the recent updates on the SBA and RRF, we thought it would be of interest to you to read the letter sent by Sean Kennedy, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs at the National Restaurant Association, that he sent out earlier today. In collaboration with local restaurant associations across the country, Sean sent the letter linked here to SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. We found it important to note that not only did he address Director Guzman, he also copied Bipartisan Leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate....
Managing Your Menu to Improve Profitability   Restaurants need to pay close attention to their menu now more than ever. The pandemic has made us all focus on what sells as we pair down our inventory to reduce cost and improve back of the house efficiency. In addition, the changing times are now producing record inflation which makes managing your food cost and updating your menu pricing critical to your success.   See what FoodPRO Executive Chef Dustin Stone recommends moving forward!       View the video below and then take a short five-question...
For many years, a restaurant's relationship with their food distributor has been primarily a transactional nature. Finding the best products at the best prices has been the norm which has led to a relationship of "I need you, but am I willing to partner with you to grow my business?" One strategy many restaurants used over the past year to remain viable in the marketplace was to partner with their food distributor. The video below features Tom Enright from FoodPRO, an RAMW Industry Partner, who speaks about how your food distributor can help you reach a new level of...
Effective at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021, many substantive restrictions and requirements imposed by previous Mayor’s Orders and ABC Board rulemakings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will be lifted. Additionally, select activities such as pub crawls and extended holiday hours, that were temporarily suspended due to the public health emergency may resume. Full modifications are detailed in Mayor’s Order 2020-069, related ABC Board emergency rulemakings, and on ABRA’s website. Additionally, ABRA will host a virtual public...
Foodservice industry to celebrate community’s incredible resilience and innovation. Washington, DC (May 20, 2021) — Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today that the 39th Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as an in-person event on Sunday, September 19, 2021. New this year, the awards will pivot once again to honor the industry for the extraordinary ways in which its operators, distributors and suppliers, and industry partners were innovative, rethinking operations and navigating recent challenges in...

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