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The purpose of this application process is to identify potential temporary to long-term tenants for DC’s central business district. Grow Golden is a competitive program. New applications are not being accepted at this time.
NOTE: An initial application period was open from June 8 through June 28, 2021. The selection committee finalized its review of applications received by the initial June 28th deadline. Submissions were then accepted from additional businesses following the original submission guidelines and were considered on a rolling basis until June 2022. Grow Golden is not accepting new applications at this time.
Grow Golden is geared towards small and local businesses in the DC area that seek both a physical storefront for their products and services and technical assistance to take their business to the next level. This program features entrepreneurs, makers, and creatives working in fashion, design, technology, food, retail, the arts, hospitality, fitness, health and wellness, and more.
Established small businesses in the DC area were invited to apply to join Grow Golden in an effort to enrich DC’s central business district.
Applicants were required to be a registered business and in operation for at least three years to qualify.
For the purposes of this application, a small business:
ALL applications were required to be submitted online via the Grow Golden Application. Submissions were required to include the following components:
Any questions should be submitted via email to Karyn Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grow Golden applications were reviewed by a cross-organizational panel, which included representatives from the Golden Triangle BID, Golden Triangle building owners, M&T Bank, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, DC Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Small and Local Business Development.
Applications were evaluated and scored in the four following categories:
Applications received by Monday, June 28, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. ET were reviewed prior to any applications submitted after the initial deadline. Following the evaluation process, applications with the highest scores were shared with potential properties for additional review. Businesses selected to join Grow Golden were notified approximately six weeks after their submission or earlier.
Grow Golden businesses are paired directly with building owners offering ground floor space in the Golden Triangle. Each Golden Triangle space is unique and is only be matched with a Grow Golden business that fits the space profile.
Grow Golden businesses explore negotiations before signing a license agreement with the building owner.
Strategic partners are contributing varied resources to offer wrap-around technical assistance for specific business needs. Grow Golden offers Golden Triangle businesses access to tailored coaching that supports individual business needs, as well as a comprehensive portfolio of business resources that strengthen the professional skill set.
Resources are available in varied areas, including:
The Golden Triangle is a vibrant hub of culture and commerce where small, local businesses can thrive. Click here to view available spaces in Golden Triangle.