Department of Small and Local Business Development

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The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) supports the development, economic growth, and retention of District-based businesses, and promotes economic development throughout the District's commercial corridors.


DSLBD envisions a business environment in which: DC businesses are connected in real-time with local, federal, and global business opportunities; businesses navigate government quickly, confidently, and effectively; and, every entrepreneur and business with a great idea and a great plan has the capital to make it happen.


Media requests

Members of the media can email [email protected] or call DSLBD Public Information Officer James Partlow at 202-701-8598 

James Partlow IV