Bakery Renovations: We're Upgrading

Bakery Renovations: We're Upgrading!

By Alisha Mason

Dog Tag Bakery is closing its doors for a few days for a much-needed face lift.  We close at 3:00pm, Saturday February 17th and will reopen at 9:00 am on Thursday the 22nd.  

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BUT DON’T WORRY!  Everything being done will benefit our customers, our employees, and our Dog Tag Inc. fellows.  When we open our doors again on the 22nd, we hope you’ll be back and bring a friend (or several). 

An important aspect of running a business is always finding ways to improve.  2018 marks the beginning of Dog Tag Bakery’s third year in this building.  Think of the number of brownies, blondies, and loaves of bread that have come out of the kitchen.  We need a little face lift.  This means, renovation time!  Most of the renovations will be cosmetic; you may not even notice them, but you will definitely be the benefactor.

We’re upgrading the cabinets behind the front counter, which will help us be more organized and efficient to serve our customers.  We’re also adding more power outlets in the dining area, specifically for our wonderful patrons.

Back in the kitchen, we’re getting NEW FLOORS!  Who likes slipping and sliding all over the kitchen with sharp utensils in your hands?  Not our awesome chefs and bakers.  With the new floors they’ll be able to spend more time imagining amazing new recipes or perfecting the current menu, and not worrying if they’ll slip and fall.   

Finally, and probably most important for our customers, we are adding a NITRO COLD BREW COFFEE machine, one of the first in Georgetown.  This system is hot in the coffee scene (in a cold kind of way)!  Coffee is served straight out of the tap, not over ice, and is infused with nitrogen, which creates a smoother and silkier coffee.  Cold brew coffee is great, but with this new system we won’t have to wait hours for the brewing process to complete.

During renovations our fellows will be hard at work, taking Business Accounting and Communications courses from Georgetown University professors and continuing their rotations with Dog Tag Inc. staff.  We are grateful for Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies for opening space for us to keep the classroom instruction going during renovations.  

Our entire staff is enthusiastic for the demolition day to begin.  From Chris, our Head Chef, to Caelan, our Bakery Manager, the excitement is building for the final reveal.  Come visit the new and improved Dog Tag Bakery, and see for yourself what all the excitement is about.

We’ll see you on the 22nd!

The Bush Center: Q&A with DTI CEO Meghan Ogilvie

Presidential Leadership Scholar Meghan Ogilvie receives the Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Army for her work helping service-disabled veterans through a non-profit she leads, Dog Tag, Inc. This Q&A takes an inside look at her meaningful work and how the Presidential Leadership Scholars program is helping her grow as a leader. U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Austin L. Thomas

USO Features Dog Tag, Inc. Fellowship Program as one of the many "Faces Behind the Forces"

We welcomed the USO recently to visit the bakery and our classroom to ask probing questions about the work we do to support transitioning service members with service-connected disabilities, military spouses, and caregivers. It was quite an honor to be recognized as one of the many "faces behind the forces," serving all of those who have served us. Read their story here!

Father Curry Memorial Celebration in NYC

On October 5th, friends, family, former students and colleagues of Dog Tag Inc.'s late cofounder Father Rick Curry, gathered at the Sheen Center in NYC to celebrate his extraordinary legacy. Performances, videos, and speeches capture Father Curry's dedication to disabled, unique sense of humor, and inspiring spirit. Please find below the link to watch this wonderful celebration of Father Curry's life!

http://livestream.com/sheencenter/events/6447112

Dog Tag, Inc. wins Small Business Administration (SBA) Grant and Ray Milano, Director of SBA Veteran Outreach Program Comes to Dog Tag Bakery to Share the Good News

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PRESS OFFICE                  

 Release Date:  September 26, 2016

Contact: Carol Chastang (202) 205-6987  

Release Number: 16-XX

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SBA Provides Grants to Support Entrepreneurship Training Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veterans

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA ) this week announced the four awardees of the Service Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (SDVETP) grant.

The grant, offered by the SBA’s Office of Veteran Business Development, assists each grantee with providing entrepreneurial training to service-disabled veterans interested in starting or growing a small business.

The four awardees are:

·      Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV): Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families,  Syracuse, N.Y. - $100,000

·      Veterans Entrepreneurship Program: Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla. - $100,000

·      Veterans Entrepreneurship Jumpstart Program: St. Joseph’s University,  Philadelphia, Pa. - $50,000

·      Dog Tag Bakery, Inc. – Washington, D.C. - $50,000

The SDVETP grant funding competition was open to eligible institutions of higher learning, private organizations or businesses, non-profit community-based organizations, state, local or tribal governmental agencies and non-profit organizations

The initial award is for 12 months. At the end of the initial grant period, the SBA and the awardees have the option to continue the grant, for up to two additional years.

“The SBA looks forward to working with these outstanding awardees to create opportunities for service disabled veterans and their families who seek to start or grow a small business,” said Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator, SBA Office of Veterans Business Development.

“The SDVETP grantees join SBA’s vast network of resources that empower veterans, service-disabled veterans, and National Guard and Reserve service members, and military spouse entrepreneurs.”  

To learn more about additional opportunities for veterans available through the SBA, visit www.sba.gov/vets.

 

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