Inaugural Ward 4 Small Business Summit
On Wednesday, April 11, OPC participated in Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd’s Inaugural Ward 4 Small Business Summit. More than 200 Ward 4 small business owners and residents attended the event at People’s Congregational Church. Along with OPC, staff from various District Government agencies, including the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Department of Employment Services, Department of Insurance and Securities Banking, and the Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs, provided information for summit attendees. Private sector and community nonprofit organizations also participated.
According to Councilmember Todd, the summit brought together the resources and information that Ward 4 small businesses need regarding regulatory and permitting guidance, as well as his Ward 4 economic development plans policies. Panel discussions included “Great Streets and DHCD Façade Improvements,” “Positioning Your Business for Changing Neighborhood Demographics,” and “Ward 4 Uptown Main Streets.”
OPC staff distributed overviews of the Office’s roles as utility consumer advocate and information on changes affecting the District’s utility markets and impacts on consumers. Ward 4 business owners were particularly concerned about increasing DC Water billing amounts, Third Party energy suppliers’ contracts and implementing energy efficiency practices.