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Locate and Grow Your Business

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The District of Columbia offers many attractives incentives that will help defray the costs of location or starting your business in the District. Learn about the incentives available to businesses that relocate or grow within the District of Columbia.

DC Business Incentives Map
Use this GIS mapping tool to explore the geographic boundaries of local incentives.

HUB Zones
The HUBZone program gives federal contract preference to businesses in certain District neighborhoods. See the HUBZone Map.

DC Tech Incentives
The Qualified High Technology Companies (QHTC) offers one of themost attractive incentive packages for high-tech businesses in the country. The incentive reduces the cost of doing business by providing certain credits, exemptions and other benefits for technology businesses.

The Creative and Open Space Modernization Grant fosters the development of creative and technology-focused businesses in Washington, DC with the potential for up to $5 million for qualified tenant improvements.

Supermarket Tax Credits
Through the Supermarket Tax Exemption Act of 2000, the District waives certain taxes and fees to supermarkets that locate in specific neighborhoods. The incentive encourages investment in areas lacking access to groceries and fresh food.

Tax Exempt Bond Financing - Industrial Revenue Bond Program
The District’s Industrial Revenue Bond program (IRB) provides access to tax-exempt financing to help businesses and non-profit organizations renovate and build new construction, make tenant improvements, and purchase capital. By utilizing IRB, these groups can significantly reduce their cost of capital.