Class Schedule and Registration
Visit the Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) training registration page to view a list of current classes and register.
Below is list of recent and some of the upcoming classes.
Start a Business
• Business Planning Process
• Starting a Home-based Business
Sell to the Government
• Building Effective Government Cost Proposals and Establishing Indirect Rates
• Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Pre-Certification
• Cost Estimating for Construction Firms
• Financial Strategies for Government Contractors
• Licensing, Tax, and Revenue Office Hours
• Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Post-Certification Roundtable
• QuickBooks for Government Contractors
Legal and Tax Assistance for Your Business
• DC Bar Pro Bono Legal Series
• Legal Advice Clinic
• Tax Strategies
• Building Your Business Identity
Develop, Expand, and Maintain Your Business
• Green Building Act
• Marketing Your Business
• Secrets to Applying for a Business Loan
• Social Media Marketing
Classes to Help Start a Business
Business Planning Process
Learn how to write and structure a business plan. An instructor from the DC Small Business Development Center (DC SBDC) will guide and instruct you through the plan development process and discuss the rationale behind creating a business plan.
Starting a Home-based Business
An instructor from Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) will walk you through tax and licensing requirements. This course is designed for anyone who conducts business from home in the District of Columbia.
Classes to Help Sell to the Government
Building Effective Government Cost Proposals and Establishing Indirect Rates
Learn the basic concepts and processes involved in preparing government cost proposals and indirect rates that will pass the tests of contracting officers and DCAA auditors. This course teaches contractors how to maximize the recovery of all allowable costs associated with their contracts. It is meant for new and emerging firms, established firms breaking into government contracting, and proposal personnel in experienced firms.
Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Pre-Certification
This session is required for all businesses that intend to submit CBE applications. Businesses that are certified by DSLBD are eligible to receive preference in local DC contracting. DSLBD staff will walk you through the CBE application process and answer your questions.
Cost Estimating for Construction Firms
This course focuses on how to put together a contract bid geared towards profitability. It teaches participants how to track costs, including overhead and contract administration.
Financial Strategies for Government Contractors
This full-day workshop teaches you how to maximize your profitability in government contracting. The workshop provides tools for financial success in government contracts. Workshop topics include: contract types, regulations, government audits, accounting systems, pricing strategies, obtaining capital, and annual budgets. It is geared toward business owners, managers, and CFOs with three (3) or more years of experience.
Licensing, Tax, and Revenue Office Hours
Representatives from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) host one-on-one consultations to answer your questions about DC business licenses and taxes for your business.
Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Post-Certification Roundtable
This roundtable introduces newly-certified firms to doing business with DC and advises CBEs on how to leverage their certification. CBEs will learn more about DC’s procurement practices and where to search for contracting opportunities. Attendees will also learn about the DSLBD Micro Loan Program, bonding and access to capital tools, and free business classes.
QuickBooks for Government Contractors
This full-day workshop will teach you how to successfully set up and modify QuickBooks for compliance with government contracting requirements. This course also will help attendees understand the basics of government contract accounting and the pre-award audit.
Classes to Help with Legal and Tax Issues
DC Bar Pro Bono Legal Series
Attorneys from the DC Bar Pro Bono Program lead a series of legal courses for government contractors. This eight-part series was given an Award of Excellence from the DC Bar Association in 2009. Topics include employment law, setting up your business, contracts, joint ventures, risk management, and job costing.
Legal Advice Clinic
Attorneys from the DC Bar Pro Bono Legal Program meet one-on-one with business owners at the legal advice clinic. Get answers to your questions about business formation, contracts, leases, taxes, or other legal matters related to running a business.
Learn how to make tax-savvy decisions by planning ahead. Attendees will learn about tax rules, benefits and ramifications, and how planning ahead can impact your business.
Building Your Business Identity – From Securing URLs to IP Protection
Learn the legal aspects of branding your business including: securing web site domain names, working with web designers, registering trademarks and trade names, copyrighting, utilizing nondisclosure agreements, and other basics of developing and protecting your business' intellectual property (IP).
Classes to Help Develop, Expand, and Maintain Your Business
Green Building Act
Learn about the Green Building Act and other green building standards that impact construction in the District of Columbia. This class will outline the steps you must take to comply with green building laws.
Marketing Your Business
This class will teach you how to create a successful marketing plan, market your business effectively, and yield desired results. The course is geared to all business owners and managers looking to expand, develop, or modify their businesses through marketing.
Secrets to Applying for a Business Loan
Lender Relations Specialists from the SBA and the Community Development Corporation teach you how the SBA’s 7(a) and 504 loan programs can help your business.
Social Media Marketing
Social media tools can be powerful marketing avenues for businesses. This series will teach businesses how to benefit from social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook Fan Pages, BlogTalk Radio, Shoetalk, Podcasting, and email newsletters. These interactive classes are held in a DCPL computer lab.