DCSmallBizHelp Launched

December 4, 2015

On Friday, December 4, 2015, the Small Business Policy Project (SBPP) launched DCSmallBizHelp, featuring a network of fifteen local organizations that provide an expansive array of assistance for small businesses in the District of Columbia.  Read more.

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, December 4, 2015, the Small Business Policy Project (SBPP) launched DCSmallBizHelp [http://DCSmallBizHelp.cnhed.org/], featuring a network of fifteen local organizations that provide an expansive array of assistance for small businesses in the District of Columbia.

DCSmallBizHelp gives local small business owners and entrepreneurs easy access to the myriad of resources available to planstart, and grow a small business in the District. Fifteen small business technical assistance (TA) providers working in the District offer their services through this centralized website. Small businesses can browse the detailed profiles of each of the TA providers, or search for precisely the type of assistance they need and get a list of organizations offering that service. The site also features small business owners who have accessed these services and put them to use in starting and growing their businesses.

“The District of Columbia is committed to finding innovative ways to support local businesses,” says Ana Harvey, Director of Department of Small and Local Business Development. “The DCSmallBizHelp website does just that by making it easier for small businesses to access the assistance they need to thrive.”

The concept for DCSmallBizHelp grew out of the Small Business Policy Project (SBPP), a comprehensive initiative to improve the environment for small business success in the District of Columbia with funding provided by Citi Community Development. The SBPP is now working to implement the more than 60+ recommendations they devised to make it easier for small business to flourish in DC.

“We are proud to work with the leaders of the Small Business Policy Project to give small business owners and entrepreneurs in the District of Columbia more opportunities to expand and thrive,” said Diana Meyer, Metro Washington Marketplace Manager, Citi Community Development. “Through this innovative initiative, we are bringing together stakeholders from across sectors to support entrepreneurs on the road to success.”

The launch event was held at the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) with SBPP co-convener Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED).  “Helping small businesses succeed is critical to helping our District residents and communities succeed,” says Stephen Glaude, Executive Director of CNHED. “ “With DCSmallBizHelp, entrepreneurs can now go to one central place to find the assistance they need – everything from creating business plans to effective marketing and accessing capital. This network of TA providers, particularly combined with our online lending platform DCSmallBizLoans.com  will help small businesses create jobs, generating income for DC residents and revenue for the District.”