The Economic Enhancement Committee works to improve the economic performance of small businesses in the commercial areas of Dupont Circle. The Committee’s responsibilities include retaining existing merchants, expanding businesses, and attracting new ones.  Retail is ever-evolving and retail sales have moved on line.  By assisting businesses make this transition to online sales, we can augment sales.


Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets offers business assistance for retail businesses (shops, restaurants, services, galleries, and museums) in our service area. If you need ideas for your façade, getting control of your Yelp account, marketing through FaceBook, or setting up events through Eventbrite, this program is for you. The business assistance grant is for consulting time and will be offered until funds are expended by September.  
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Third Thursday has transitioned from First Friday and is a perennial favorite in Dupont Circle, organized over the last 30 years by galleries around the neighborhood. Ten or so galleries, retailers, embassies, and historic houses stay open late on the third Thursday of every month to showcase a new artist. This free gallery walk is a great introduction to fine art, including world-class painters and emerging artists. Marketing Third Thursday has made a dramatic increase in visitors by using social media.  New faces are coming to galleries for the first time, and it is remarkable.


Each September, we organize Art All Nigh, thanks to a grant from the Department of Small & Local Business Development and support from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.  In 2020, Art All Night in Dupont had 14 locations attracting 17,000 people. The number of galleries and art spaces was varied, and we attracted visitors to all locations.