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District Connect 2023

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District Connect is DSLBD's premier annual small business expo designed to empower The District's Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs) and local businesses.

Join us for a day filled with knowledge, networking, and opportunities that can transform your business journey. Connect with decision-makers, learn from experts, and discover the tools you need to thrive. Don't miss this chance to elevate your business to new heights. Register for District Connect today and take the next step towards entrepreneurial success in the heart of the nation's capital.

This event offers a unique platform for connecting with contracting and capital opportunities, fostering growth, and building invaluable relationships within the local business community. 

Listen to expert panel discussions, join interactive workshops, and enhance your understanding of contracting, financing, and personalized matchmaking consultations.

Event Highlights:

Expert Panel Discussions:

  • Gain insights from industry experts and thought leaders through informative panel discussions. These sessions will delve into crucial contracting, financing, and business development topics, providing you with the knowledge and strategies necessary to succeed in the competitive landscape of Washington, DC's small business ecosystem


  • Participate in hands-on workshops to equip you with practical skills and tools to drive your business forward. Whether you're looking to sharpen your business plan, improve your marketing strategies, or navigate government contracting processes, our workshops have you covered.

 Exhibit Hall:

  • Explore our vibrant exhibit hall to connect with local businesses, government agencies, and prime contractors. Discover exciting products, services, and opportunities to help your business thrive. Network with fellow entrepreneurs and exchange ideas that can lead to collaborative ventures.

One-on-One Consultations:

  • At District Connect, we believe in the power of personalized connections. You'll have the unique opportunity to consult with government officials and prime contractors one-on-one. This face-to-face interaction allows you to present your business, discuss your capabilities, and explore potential partnerships directly with decision-makers.
  • Access to Contracting Opportunities:
  • Unlock the door to a world of contracting opportunities. District Connect provides a platform for small businesses to access government contracts, enabling you to grow your business while contributing to the economic development of DC
  • Access to Capital:
  • Financial resources are essential for business growth. District Connect connects you with financing options and resources to help you secure the capital needed to expand your operations, invest in new initiatives, and achieve your business goals.