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2022 Dream Pitch Program

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be accepting applications for the 2022 Dream Pitch program, a cohort-based training for microbusinesses in Wards 7 and 8 starting February 1, 2022.

Participants who complete all eight weeks of the Dream Pitch program will be eligible to compete in the Dream Pitch Competition. The pitch competition allows participants to highlight their businesses and knowledge gained through the program. In addition, participants will receive feedback from judges and resource partners resulting in every participant receiving a pitch prize award of $2000 to $7500 in addition to in-kind services.

Application Period: February 1, 2022, through April 1, 2022. To determine eligibility and before applying for the program, please review the Official Application Instructions.  

Apply at https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/DreamPitch2022

Look for program and application information sessions and paperwork Bootcamp at http://bit.ly/DSLBDeventbrite.

Send all questions in writing to [email protected]. No phone calls will be accepted.

Below is a list of free resources to support you in collecting your eligibility documentation for your application.

In What Ward is My Home or Business?

Photo ID Needs - Drivers’ License or Non-Driver Identification Card

Photo ID Needs - Passport

Computer Access

  • Computer access is available at DC Public Libraries to include remote printing (emailing documents for printing). Please refer to the library’s website: https://www.dclibrary.org/computeruse.

Scanning Documents

  • There are many free third-party applications available for smartphones. A scan feature is built into the Notes App on iPhones. You can use the Google Drive App to scan documents and save them to your online Google Drive account for Android phones. Use judgment whenever downloading a third-party app to your phone.

Additional Application Assistance

  • The pitch program was designed for business owners to write their applications. While it is at your discretion, we specifically caution against businesses considering paid-for services. For example, suppose you are seeking assistance. In that case, you may want to reach out to non-government small business technical assistance providers with free services like those funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development listed here.