Meet Project 500 Entrepreneurs

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Vernestine Laughinghouse

Absoulute Organizing Solutions, founded in 2000, provides hands-on professional organizing, records management, move/relocation coordination, packing and unpacking   services and productivity training. We work with corporations, small businesses, non-profits and individuals.  Our services include organizing any space, personal or professional, including supply closets, file/work rooms. We provide solutions for paper and workflow management, decluttering, filing systems, innovative storage solutions and customized solutions for increasing overall productivity and efficiency.  We provide innovative and creative solutions to help our gain control of their TIME, SPACE and INFORMATION.   More about what we do can be found at


Monica kang

Monica Kang is a creative educator and a passionate community builder. She founded InnovatorsBox to demystify society’s perception on creativity and has traveled to seven cities to show how one can learn creativity regardless of what workplace or title you have. Since launch, InnovatorsBox has been recognized as the only creative education firm that is teaching creativity in a tangible, practical and relatable way for professionals to understand. In 2016, she hosted 42 events for 560 individuals in seven U.S. cities in which 90% participants share how this changed the way they think about creativity and innovation. Prior to her business, she was a nuclear nonproliferation expert and worked in public policy for 5+ years on three continents. 

InnovatorsBox aims to redefine human capital potential and workforce culture by empowering all professionals with creativity and creative confidence.

We offer creative educational workshops, services, products and a diverse community for all professionals to learn why creativity is critical, how to integrate and hone it at work and in life.

To learn more, please visit

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Jeff smith

Bailiwick Clothing Company is a DC-based apparel brand that artfully merges the worlds of design, culture and purpose. Started by brothers Jeff and JC Smith, Bailiwick makes t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, and casual wear that represent DC and the DMV. They're designed and printed in DC and the DMV, and dedicated to sharing the stories of the people, places, and things that make our area so great.

Bailiwick has enjoyed great success and growing brand recognition in its first year of business, and has been featured in DCist, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise, and the Washingtonian Magazine.

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