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Create a one-stop, user-oriented (industry/business-type conscious), web-based tool that provides clear and simple guidance about resources and requirements for businesses in DC, leveraging existing resources. Begin by launching a searchable database of all existing incentives and District-funded supports. Establish an intra-government working group and user group to inform the design process.

Progress Updates:

October 2019: Since launch, the DC Business Toolkit has been populated with over 500 business assistance resources (provided by 100+ agencies) to help DC residents open, operate and grow their business in the District. Resources include events, trainings, publications, tools, programs, and counseling, available through a searchable database and roadmaps. Local businesses may use the Shop Local Directory to promote their business to prospective buyers (retail customers, agencies, B2B) and connect with other businesses for networking and cooperative purchasing and promotions.

September 2018: DSLBD redesigned its DC Business Toolkit to become an interactive portal that centralizes the vast number of business resources (funding, classes, forms, regulatory guidance, coaching), which are available citywide through our DC agencies and service providers, so that DC businesses and residents exploring entrepreneurship can readily find and use these tools to open, operate and grow their business in the District of Columbia.  The soft launch of the beta version occurred on September 24, 2018.

February 2017: Launched, a searchable database of all incentives available to businesses, as well as other resources – to make it easier for businesses to find and access these resources

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: business environment, funding