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DSLBD partners with local DC government agencies, non-profits, and Federal partners to operate programming to support justice-involved DC residents (reentering citizens or those on parole or probation) to open, own, and operate their own businesses. 

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Tools you need to grow your business and become more competitive.

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From financing assistance, to capacity building, and even training and development, DSLBD helps entrepreneurs uncover new business opportunities.

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Provides preference to DC firms pursuing procurement opportunities.

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How to apply for a Joint Venture.

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Offering services to assist Certified Business Enterprises and other small businesses.

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The CEO Growth Academy is an extensive six month executive training program for construction and real estate firms. This program focuses on helping established businesses achieve and sustain business growth.

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ConnecTech

Administered by the Department of Defense and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) supports local businesses by strengthening their procurement opportunities in the federal, state, and local government.

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Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

DSLBD offers personalized business counseling and competitive insights for navigating the government contracting process successfully.

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Developers that enter into CBE Agreements with the District on private projects are required to subcontract at least 35 percent of the project’s adjusted budget to CBEs. 

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District agencies are required to spend at least 50 percent of their expendable budgets with SBEs.

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Learn more about the MWAA certification program and securing contracting opportunities. 

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ExportDC

Help expand international presence of DC small businesses.

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Are you ready to turn your innovation into a business? Apply for the course by submitting an application today.

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Revitalizing Our Neighborhoods

Our revitalization programs help retail corridors and neighborhoods.

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DSLBD assists small businesses by facilitating teaming arrangements where companies can leverage their capabilities to increase capacity. Teaming can allow your company to access opportunities that otherwise may not be possible.

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Transfer technologies that were developed among governments or universities and other institutions to a commercial product or service.

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Learn more about SBIR funding and how award monies can be used.