DSLBD offers several resources that can assist in your business growth and entreprenuerial journey. As you continue to collect the resources that you need, DSLBD and several partner agencies have programs that may anchor your business development process through defined services and trainings.
See a collective of DSLBD resources below:
Thinking of starting a business? Ideation Phase:
- Connect with DSLBD's Innovation & Equitable Development team. The Inno.ED division of DSLBD is tasked with helping build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the District of Columbia.
- Are you a DC maker? The Made in DC Program supports and promotes the city’s makers. Discover locally-made products making the District unique and join as a member of the Made in DC program!
- Register for a DC Business Toolkit account to search for business resources and training events, and create an action plan to help get your idea off the ground.
- Need funding? Connect with DSLBD's Business Development team and learn about the District Capitalized Program.
Starting or Operating a business in D.C.?
The Business Development Division at DSLBD helps District-based businesses and residents explore entrepreneurship - regardless of their business size, industry or risk level – connect with the resources and access capital to open and grow their business. Learn more with these resource offerings:
- Locate resources, events and Roadmaps in the DC Business Toolkit to help open, operate and grow your business in DC.
- Access the "Start a Business" Wizard tool and review the Frequently Asked Questions
- Seeking a contract with the DC Government? Obtain coaching with DSLBD's DC PTAC Division and start the CBE certification process to get competitive advantage.
Find your way with Business Toolkit Roadmaps
The DC Business Toolkit is a one-stop-shop for all levels of small business owners. Navigate your next steps to success with the custom Roadmaps available in the Toolkit. Topic examples include:
- Operating a Green Restaurant in DC
- Contracting Opportunities In the DC Government
- Reducing Business Payroll Costs
Learn more about Business Toolkit Roadmaps.
Maintain & grow your business
DSLBD offers a variety of programs and resources to not only help you get your business off the ground but to help you invest in and grow your business. Below are a few options to help you get started in the process of:
- Interested in securing government contracts to help grow your business? See if you qualify to become a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE). Take the CBE Wizard to see if your business meets the local requirements.
- Become certified!
- Looking for assistance with funding, loans and access to capital? Learn more about DSLBD’s District Capitalized Program.