Small Business Policy Project

The purpose of the Small Business Policy Project is to improve the environment address barriers to the success of small and micro businesses in the District of Columbia.  Small businesses are engines of economic growth and are a vital part of a well-functioning local economy, providing jobs and neighborhood stability.

SBPP is directed by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) in partnership with the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), with input and guidance from a 20- member steering committee of public, private and nonprofit stakeholders. Funding for the project is provided by Citi Community Development and Citi Foundation.

Since officially launching in January 2013, the SBPP has engaged with over 200 small businesses and stakeholders who worked collaboratively  to identify barriers to small business success, explore best practices around the country and locally, formulate a shared vision for the District and develop solutions to overcome the challenges.  Read more about SBPP’s history.

In February, 2014, SBPP issued a report outlining more than 60 recommendations in five major categories that would propel small business success:
·  Expanding and Improving Services
·  Giving a Greater Voice to Small Business
·  Improving Access to Information and Communication
·  Increasing Financial Resources
·  Expanding Economic Opportunity

This has been an unprecedented effort by small business community leaders and stakeholders in the District to come together and reach consensus on what is needed to enable small business success.

Progress report released  in February 2017 on the status of implementation recommendations from spring 2014 through the end of 2016. Download the report here!


Small Business Policy Project Steering Committee Members:

Nizam Ali, Co-Owner, Ben’s Chili Bowl
Marla Bilonick, Executive Director, Latino Economic Development Center
Luc Brami, Principal, Gelberg Signs
Samira Cook-Gaines, Chief Civil Rights and Economic Empowerment, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Polly Donaldson, Director, DC Department of Housing and Community Development
Antonio Doss, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
Lucretia Freeman-Buster, Acting Executive Director, DC Small Business Development Center
Steve Glaude, President & CEO, Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development
Ana Harvey, Director, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development
Angela Franco, President & CEO, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Stanley Jackson, President & CEO, Anacostia Economic Development Corporation
Bo Menkiti, Founder and CEO, Menkiti Group
Diana Meyer, Vice President, State Director, Citi Community Development
Doug Meyers, Owner, Modern Mobler Vintage Furnishings
Tendani Mpulubusi El, Media Consultant, Tendani Studio
Keith Sellars, President & CEO, Washington DC Economic Partnership
Margaret Singleton, Vice President & Executive Director, DC Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Brandee Rodgers-McDonald, Managing Principal, Yednarb Realty Advisory Group LLC

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