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Reopen DC Committee | Retail and Small Business

Government Co-Chairperson
Community Co-Chairperson           Community Co-Chairperson
Neil Albert                                    Marie Johns
Legal Advisor
Lorenzo McRae
Public Health Advisor
Robin (Diggs) Perdue
Associate Committee Director
David Selman
Committee Coordinator
Corey Griffin
Committee Coordinator
Wendell Felder

Committee Resource Staff
Shahidah Williams

Committee Recommendations

Committee Members

  • Leona Agouridis, Community Member
  • Kim Alfonso, Community Member
  • Stacie Lee Banks, Community Member
  • Jim Dinegar, Community Member
  • Antwayne Ford, Community Member
  • David Hall, Community Member
  • David Jannarone, Community Member
  • Katy Kale, Community Member
  • Allison Prince, Community Member
  • Ben Soto, Community Member
  • Bill van Henry, Community Member
  • Dave Velazquez, Community Member
  • Bruce Flippens, Government Member
  • Karima Woods, Government Member


The closure of non-essential businesses hit retail and other small businesses hard in DC in order to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Over 7,000 of these businesses applied for a $25 million microgrant program offered with local funds by the District, and many others have applied for the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Many of these businesses’ employees are among the over 70,000 DC workers who have applied for unemployment. Some have developed delivery options. DC residents have resorted to delivery companies to buy goods that they would normally get in their neighborhoods. They have also forgone the services that many of these businesses supply, including hair salons and barbers.


The Committee will focus on retailers, personal service providers and those small businesses providing professional and other services. The committee will look to national and global best practices on worker and customer interaction, delivery and curbside pick up options through a phased recovery, sanitation, and personal protective equipment supply.

Including, but not limited to:

  • Shopping Malls
  • Main Streets
  • Small Businesses
  • Entrepreneurs
  • National Retailers
  • Pharmacies
  • Car Dealerships
  • Car Washes
  • Housekeeping