The Made in DC program promotes and supports businesses that design, make/produce, and/or assemble products in DC. The Made in DC program will function as a citywide campaign and platform, creating opportunity for Makers to come together for resource and experience sharing, as well as function as a conduit and messenger between Makers and local government. Made in DC pop-ups will take place throughout 2017.
June 2019: A “Made in DC” retail kiosk opened at Washington National Airport, offering visitors the opportunity to purchase DC-produced foods and goods. This airport pop-up retail kiosk is the result of a collaboration between the DSLBD and the Pop Up Collective, a collective of women and minority-owned businesses based in D.C. The pilot has been so successful that the kiosk is now permanent and DSLBD is exploring additional pop ups throughout the city.
September 2018: The Made in DC pilot in partnership with the District Wharf, created an opportunity for over 60 makers to access a new market resulting in cumulative sales of over $100,000 within the first nine weeks.
October 2017: Mayor Bowser opens Shop Made in DC – a new brick and mortar retail and cafe space stocked exclusively with DC-based brands. Shop Made in DC will create a low-entry to marketplace opportunity for creative entrepreneurs to sell their goods and increase visibility of brands while stimulating the local economy. Click here for the full press release.
- Timeline: in-progress
- Lead and key partners: Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
- Related core sectors: creative economy (which draws from arts and culture, media and communications, professional services, hospitality, and others), retail
- Related opportunity areas: n/a
- Related action areas: DC identity and promotion