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Happy Women's History Month


Since 1980, March has been recognized as National Women's History Month. This is an important time to highlight the achievements made by various women and acknowledge their significant contributions made across industries, sectors, professions, and throughout American history. According to the Small Business Administration, in 2019, women-owned businesses represented 45% of all US businesses. Within the District are over 100 thousand female business owners, accounting for over 40% of all businesses in DC.   

Let's continue recognizing and uplifting the women in our lives this month and throughout the year. Please do your part to support local women-owned businesses because when we invest in small businesses, we create vibrant communities and support the growth of our local economy.  

Here are a few simple ways to celebrate Women's History Month: 

  • Buy from and support local women-owned businesses 

  • Support women-led and women-made films, creatives, and artists 

  • Read and buy books from women writers 

  • Learn about and become an active advocate for women's issues 

  • Join the conversation and share your story on social media  

  • If you are a local woman or know of a woman making history, tag us @smallbizdc and use the hashtag(s): #WomenMakingHistory #WomensHistoryMonth. 

DSLBD Resources: 

  • Apply for a Robust Retail Grant – You could be eligible to receive $5,000 in funding for your DC small business. Applications are due April 10, 2023, at 2 pm. 

  • Small Biz Assist - DSLBD offers one-on-one meeting time for DC-based entrepreneurs and businesses to learn more about our programs, connect with additional services in the District, and develop a for-profit business. Book an appointment! 

  • DC Kiva Hub - Provides low-interest microloans to unbanked or underbanked businesses that have traditionally been unable or unsuccessful in navigating the traditional lending process. 

Other Local Resources for Women-Owned Businesses: