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2017 Local First Awards

  • Blind Whino SW Arts Club 700 Delaware Avenue Southwest Washington, DC, 20024 United States (map)


If you own a business or want to connect with a community of DC entrepreneurs and artists who make our local economy thrive, don't miss the 2017 Local First Awards!

On Thursday, November 9, the inaugural Local First Awards will kick off at Blind Whino SW Arts Club. This exciting evening brings the city together in support of local businesses and artists for a uniquely-DC celebration. The awards, a Think Local First DC initiative, spotlights the most impactful local independent businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists in DC.

The only way to find out who wins is to attend! After the awards ceremony concludes attendees will enjoy an all-out DC Dance party featuring Artist Installations, a Makers Market, Culinary Pop Ups and Beverages from Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau, 3 Stars Brewing Company, and Right Proper Brewing Company amongst others.

General Admissions ticket gets you in to the post-awards all out DC dance party and celebration including a full, open bar; a sampling of DC's best eats and brews; art installations; live entertainment and so much more!

Get your VIP ticket for exclusive access to the opening reception and awards ceremony plus all of the fun happening during the post-awards party!

The evening will kick off with the presentation of awards in 7 exciting categories including:

Maker - A local business, entrepreneur or artist who designs, makes, produces, and/or assembles a product in the District of Columbia that makes an impact.

Ripple Effect - A business that supports the local economy by purchasing supplies and services from other local businesses, creating a “ripple effect” as money circulates within the local community.

High Road - A model employer who puts their people first by providing quality jobs, fostering a positive work environment, and championing beneficial business practices.

Green Thumb - An environmental champion who works to improve the local community through sustainable practices, products or services. This local business or individual significantly reduces waste or consumption, creates green products and/or provides green services.

Builder - A local community developer, investor, or lender with deep roots in the community and known for positive investments in DC’s people, culture, and future.

Pioneer - A local business, entrepreneur, or artist who inspires with a creative new idea, product, perspective, model and/or solution.

Community Champion - A local business owner who makes a significant and noticeable impact in the community across a range of categories.

The 35 nominees in these categories will be announced through the Think Local First DC website ( in October and the winners will be selected by a panel of distinguished leaders in the DC business community.

It's going to be a fun night! Get your ticket today!


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THINK LOCAL FIRST DC: Think Local First DC is a 501c3 non profit dedicated to supporting local independent businesses and the city’s next generation of entrepreneurs who create dynamic neighborhoods and make a positive impact in their communities.

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