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Register a Technology Business

In an effort to support the growth of small, high technology companies in the city, ConnecTech has created a guide to help entrepreneurs navigate the business registration and licensing process. The steps included are not meant to be all inclusive for every circumstance.

ConnecTech Registration Guide

Please note: This guide is provided for informational purposes only. It does not provide legal advice for any individual situation and should be used in conjunction with, and not as a substitute for, qualified legal counsel. This information is subject to change. As such, you should verify that the information contained in this guide remains current.

Please contact the Small Business Resource Center with questions regarding business registration and licensing.

DCRA Small Business Resource Center
The Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) provides information and services to help customers with navigating the District of Columbia's business regulatory environment
(202) 442-8170
1100 4TH St. SW
Washington, DC 20024-4451

International Resources

Across the technology sector there has always been a global community of innovators and entrepreneurs. Today, startup hubs spread around the world are cultivating countless new ventures. As these new international firms mature and consider expansion, we would invite them to consider Washington DC as their gateway to doing business in the United States.

International companies that relocate to Washington DC can take advantage of the cities many resources including, embassies, international business incubators and federal international trade organizations in addition to the many Fortune 500 companies that also have a presence in the District.

For international companies that wish to explore opportunities in DC, the registration guide above is an excellent guide for getting registered. Other resources below:

SelectUSA- SelectUSA seeks to highlight the many advantages the United States offers as a location for business and investment.

USCIS Entrepreneur Visa Guide – A guide from the US Citizen and Immigration Service with a menu of potential visa pathways for foreign entrepreneurs.

Other Resources

DC Bar LLC Formation
This handbook is designed to clarify some of the technical requirements for starting an LLC such as naming your business, obtaining the certificate of organization, designating a registered agent as well as preparing a clean hand certificate. It also provides a copy of a single member LLC template and DCRA forms. This material is copyrighted by the DC Bar, and cannot be sold or otherwise used for a commercial purpose without permission.This manual is not a substitute for legal advice.

Choose a Corporate Structure
The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs information site provides general information on each structure but strongly suggests you contact an attorney and/or an accountant before making a final decision on what structure best suits your business needs.