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New District Enterprise System (DES) Launched!

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Significantly Streamlined Recertification Process!

If you are a CBE, you can access the DES to complete the recertification process, update your CBE certificate, or view your business information. If you have issues accessing the DES, please email [email protected] (include your business name and FEIN) for assistance. Any other questions can also be emailed to the certification division at [email protected]. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the CBE program, review the Certification FAQs.


As part of the Local Business Enterprise Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, effective November 2, 2020 (D.C. Act 23-0476, 67 DCR 13267) introduced by Councilmembers McDuffie and Pinto and enacted into law on November 2, 2020, in addition to the existing CBE requirements, CBEs must meet one of the following new requirements in order to obtain or maintain certification as a local business enterprise:

(A) Be independently owned, operated, and controlled;
(B) Be owned, operated, and controlled by a District-based enterprise; or
(C) Be owned by a non-District-based business enterprise that is more than 50% owned by District residents.

CBEs that currently do not meet this new requirement must submit an application to the Department no later than February 2, 2021, showing proof that this new requirement is met to maintain certification as a local business enterprise. The steps to complete this process are listed below.

  1. Log in to the DES system by visiting https://des.dslbd.dc.gov
  2. Enter your username and password
  3. Select the 'Update Information' option
  4. Select ‘Change in Ownership’
  5. Upload supporting documents in the ‘Documents’ section of the application
  6. Select ‘Save and Continue’
  7. Complete the Attestation page and submit the application

Failure to submit an application by this deadline will result in revocation of your CBE status.

Please note that currently certified enterprises that do not, and cannot, meet this new requirement, but have an existing contract(s) with the District, will be permitted to complete the term of that contract(s) – including base and option years, without disruption.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact DSLBD’s certification division at [email protected].

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supplemental Form

If applying for the category Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), you will need to download and complete a fillable pdf form (see attachment below). Select the attachment link. Once the attachment opens, download the form and save it. Use Adobe Reader to open and complete the fillable pdf form. Remember to save the form before closing it. You will upload this form during the application process.

NOTE: DSLBD may require additional documentation to verify continued eligibility in certain certification categories in the recertification and self-recertification processes.