See below from owner of BicycleSPACE. Normally I’d summarize this sort of thing as opposed to copy paste verbatim but I do not have PC/laptop access this week and don’t like to type anymore than I have to on an iPad. Anyway, BicycleSPACE is a great business and highly engaged in the community so please consider supporting them at www.missionsmallbusiness.com.
I need your help. Living Social and Chase Bank are awarding a sizable grant based on the following criteria, and my bicycle shop BicycleSPACE fits the bill perfectly:
• Solid business & management team/owner;
• Well thought-out and feasible growth plan;
• Likelihood to succeed within a two-year time frame;
• Positive impact on local/relevant community (e.g. job creation, meeting an unfulfilled need, etc.) and demonstrated local support; and
• Energy, enthusiasm, creativity and passion for your business.
Though our means are and have been limited, we have gone to extraordinary lengths to provide a place which is friendly, helpful, and active in supporting and building community to make our city better. In our short life-span, we’ve been voted the Best in DC by both the readers and editors of City Paper, we’ve attracted the most Facebook fans of any local bicycle shop, and our YouTube channel has almost 13,000 views. We lead at least six free weekly moderate-paced groups rides where we’re friendly and respectful to both pedestrians and drivers. We host two free weekly yoga classes, bike repair classes, host numerous free events, and provide assistance and financial support to numerous established and new organizations.
Our background is in working with bicycles, and we’re using this platform to make Washington DC an exemplary city for getting around by bicycle. Bicycles help to bring people health, happiness, liberty, and when areas can provide safe infrastructure, bicycles can even help with economic revitalization.
Imagine for a minute if people in the city didn’t need a car, or if couples only needed to own one car. By AAA estimates, each household would save over $8,000 on the average by going car-free or car-light. Now multiply that by all of the households in the region, while considering that people who use bikes as their primary form of transport spend much of their money locally, and you can see the potential economic benefit that bicycles can bring to our neighborhoods. With new local opportunities, new specialty shops, cafes and restaurants will open, jobs will be created, employees will be hired, and profits will be reinvested locally to create thriving, dynamic, and connected neighborhoods. One day, perhaps, we could enable even local manufacturing and production and bring even more jobs back home.
We need 250 votes in just several days to qualify, and then we hope our accomplishments and business plan will speak volumes to the grantors.
If you would like to see this happen, please go to www.missionsmallbusiness.com, click on “Login and Support” and search for bicyclespace to support us.
Many thanks and see you soon,