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DC Business Toolkit

Easy Access to all Forms, Funding, Tips, Tools and Agencies Needed to Open and Grow your DC Business

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Business Success Stories

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E-Commerce to Storefront

Husband and wife team evolved Mahagony Books from an e-commerce business into a storefront bookstore in Anacostia using space co-location.

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Idea Incubation

DC resident and her best friend tapped an unmet need and grew Let’s Go Postal from an idea into a successful venture.

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Measured Growth

This culinary team used their love of DC and baking business skills to slowly grow District Doughnuts from an incubator to pop-ups to multiple brick-and-mortar stores.

The Toolkit can help you

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Who is this site for?

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DC Businesses & DC Resident Entrepreneurs
  • Connect with other businesses, agencies and resources
  • Navigate steps to open, operate and grow your business
  • Grow and Promote your business in the District
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DC Makers
  • Connect with other Makers, buyers and assistance resources
  • Navigate steps to open, operate and grow your business in DC
  • Grow and promote your business on the Made in DC virtual storefront
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  • Connect with local businesses to promote agency’s resources
  • Email updates to DC businesses
  • Create wizards to help business navigate steps of your regulations or program
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Nonprofit Service Providers

  • Connect with local businesses to promote assistance programs
  • Email event information to DC businesses
  • Create action plans to help DC clients address business issues

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Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) can help you start, operate and grow your business in the District of Columbia.  Free language interpretation is available. 

Thank you for considering the District of Columbia for your business!

El Departamento de Desarrollo de Negocios Pequeños y Locales puede ayudarle a establecer, operar y hacer crecer su negoio en el Distrito de Columbia. La interpretación gratuita a otros idiomas está disponible.

የዲስትሪክት ኦፍ ኮሎምቢያ አነስተኛና አካባቢያዊ የንግድ ሥራ ትብብር ስራዎን እንዲጀምሩ, እንዲፈጽሙ እና እንዲያሻሽሉ ይረዱዎታል. ነጻ ነጻ ትርጉም ይገኛል.

地方小企业发展部可以帮助您在华盛顿特区 建立,运营和发展您的企业。我们提供免费的翻译服务。

Le département du développement des petites entreprises locales peut vous aider à démarrer, opérer et développer votre entreprise dans le District de Columbia. Une interprétation linguistique gratuite est disponible.

إدارة تطوير الأعمال الصغرى و المحلية بإمكانها مساعدتكم على إنشاء و إدارة و تنمية مشروعكم التجاري في قطاع كولومبيا. لترجمة اللغوية متوفرة مجانا.

Idara ya Ukuzaji Biashara Ndogo na za Ndani inaweza kukusaidia kuanza, kuendesha na kukuza biashara yako katika DC. Ukalimani wa lugha bila malipo unapatikana.

지역중소기업개발부서(DSLBD)는 여러분이 컬럼비아 특별구에서 사업을 시작 및 운영하고, 성장시킬 수 있도록 도와드립니다. 무료통역 서비스를 제공합니다.

Sở Phát triển Doanh nghiệp Nhỏ Địa phương có thể giúp quý vị khởi nghiệp, điều hành và phát triển công việc kinh doanh của quý vị tại DC. Có thông dịch miễn phí.