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DEI Business Fellowship

Apply for a DEI Business Fellowship

DDC has launched the 2022 DEI Business Fellowship to support small businesses in the local travel and tourism industry owned by people of color, LGBTQ+ persons, women, disabled persons and their allies.

This program offers complimentary marketing, mentorship, education and networking opportunities during the 2023 calendar year to help sustain and grow your businesses, specifically by reaching business and leisure travelers.

If interested in applying for the 2023 cohort, look for the application in October 2022.


  • Complimentary membership for calendar year 2023 (value: $1,050).
  • Full suite of member benefits (except print publication listings).
  • Dedicated account manager.
  • Two tickets to the 2023 Marketing Outlook Meeting (value: $95 each).
  • Content inclusion on and the DEI District as appropriate.
  • Engagement with each of DDC’s departments.
  • Annual return on investment report.


  • Independently owned small businesses in the travel and tourism industry with annual revenue less than $10 million and/or fewer than 50 employees. Majority ownership should be a person from a minority group.
  • Other businesses that have significant DEI programs will be considered.
  • Excluded businesses are any type of accommodation, airline, or cruise line.
  • Minimum of one (1) year in business.
  • Registered to conduct business in DC, MD or VA.
  • Current and former members in the last three (3) years are not eligible.
  • Must comply with terms and conditions.

Timeline & Application

  • Oct. 3, 2022 – Applications open
  • Dec. 2, 2022 – Applications due by 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 23, 2022 – Notification of awardees
  • Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2023 – Fellowship period
  • Dec. 1, 2022 – Dues commitment for 2024 ($1,050/year) or termination

Applications will be reviewed while considering the viability of the business model and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as part of the selection process. The deadline to apply is Dec. 2 Selected businesses will be notified by Dec. 23.

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Our 2022 Inaugural Cohort of DEI Business Fellows:


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