Grey DC is an organization dedicated to building a stronger community in Washington DC. We are a small business incubator that provides opportunities for local entrepreneurs who lack the financial capital needed to test the market. We organize markets for food vendors who otherwise would not have a chance to sell their wares. Our events provide opportunities for local small businesses to connect directly to potential consumers.
Grey DC believes that all food can be locally and sustainably produced. All our vendors make or source their food from Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia and are committed to bringing local, healthful, and sustainable alternatives to the marketplace.
Grey DC provides scholarships for vendors who cannot afford the booth fees. Our scholarships provide a a valuable boost to promising local start-ups.
Grey DC also gives grants directly to vendors to use towards certification costs. Our grants help give local entreprenuers the means to start a business.
Congrats to the 2011 winner: Rutabaga Sweets!
Start-ups create jobs that sustain and enrich our community. Start-ups have generated all net job creation over the past three decades.
A percentage of ticket sales goes directly towards helping small businesses get licensed.
"Grey DC is the premier interface between unlicensed producers and DC's nascent community of foodie-revolutionaries." ThePickle
“What the [Grey Market] does is allow me to participate without taking on the financial burden.” The Gourmet Cherry
A grey market, also known as parallel market, is the trade of a commodity through distribution channels which, while legal, are alternative or unofficial.