Minnesota Avenue Main Street

The Minnesota Avenue Main Street (MAMS), a program of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif), works with residents and businesses to strengthen the commercial district at the heart of our community.  The Minnesota Avenue corridor is one of the largest historic commercial districts located east of the Anacostia River, home to downtown Ward 7 at Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road NE.  The Minnesota Avenue Main Street is committed to ensuring that the small businesses and residents who have long anchored the community can benefit from and help accelerate its significant growth, with new and planned developments including the mixed-use Park 7 and a revitalized Minnesota Avenue Metro station.

Revitalize

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We aim to revitalize the commercial corridor of Minnesota Avenue NE and Benning Road NE to further the economic vitality of our community through business retention, recruitment, and expansion.

Develop

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We help enhance the physical environment of our main streets’ commercial district through clean teams and streetscape improvements as well as support storefront and interior upgrades for small business owners

Promote

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We proudly promote our neighborhood commercial district, individual business owners, and entrepreneurs through events and campaigns designed to build community vibrancy, increase activity, and help the bottom line.

Upcoming Events

9/14/2019

Art All Night

7pm - 12am

Dorothy Height Library 3935 Benning Road NE, Lower Level

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9/14/2019

Art All Night

RSVP here to join us on September 14th for a free evening full of art, dance, music, poetry, photography, and activities that celebrate Ward 7’s rich historic and artistic traditions. Click here to learn more about specific installations and activities!

7pm - 12am

Dorothy Height Library 3935 Benning Road NE, Lower Level

11/30/2019

Small Business Saturday

10am - 10pm

Minnesota Avenue commercial corridor

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11/30/2019

Small Business Saturday

Join us on Saturday, November 30th for a day of shopping at showing support for the community's small, local businesses.

10am - 10pm

Minnesota Avenue commercial corridor

Sign up to hear about small business and community resources

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As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, the Minnesota Avenue Main Street is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.


The Minnesota Avenue Main Street is a designated DC Main Streets program and is funded in part by the  DC Department of Small and Local Business Development