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Congratulations To Aspire cohort 3 & 4 on obtaining Basic business Licenses!!

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 River smart homes is a District-wide program offering incentives to homeowners to reduce stormwater runoff from their properties. Homeowners receive a FREE stormwater audit that determines the financial and technical assistance to install one or more of the following features:


Rain Barrels -collect rainwater to reuse for landscaping or car washing 

BayScaping - native plant gardens have deep-rooted plants which help stormwater infiltrate while attracting pollinators.

Permeable pavement- interlocks pavers allow rainwater to drain into the ground

Shade trees- Large trees help stormwater absorb natturally while also reducing air pollution and utility bill.

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Cohort Spotlight: Meet the Aspirants!

Meet DeVaughn Bell, 41

  A native Washingtonian from Ward 6, DeVaughn decided to make a serious change in his life after serving 3 prison terms. Upon release, he began a cooking career. His most recent job ended due to the company going out of business. DeVaughn then decided that he would make another change in his life and go into business for himself. During the midpoint in his reentry process, he enrolled in the Aspire to Entrepreneurs program via Changing Perceptions. The program has helped him with planning and startup for his own catering company THE EMPTY PLATE CATERING.  

Meet Cenequa Brown, 28

The year 2006: Cenequa's eldest brother was gunned down due to street violence in Washington, DC. The next year, she was arrested, charged, and convicted as an adult. In 2013 she became the sole guardian for her younger siblings due to ongoing drug problems with her mother.  Without reserve, opening up a child care center became a natural decision for her.  By Joining the Aspire to Entrepreneurship program, she realized that she was only a few steps away from her dream. In the summer of 2018, PHASE ONE LEARNING CENTER was born. 

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