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District of Columbia Small Business Census

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Are you the owner of a small business headquartered in Washington, DC? We want to hear from you!

The Government of the District of Columbia is conducting a census of DC-headquartered small businesses to better understand who makes up our small business community and ensure that DC is a place where small business owners of all backgrounds can thrive.

The census asks questions about the business’s size, locations, and ownership demographics, and should only take 3 – 5 minutes of business owners’ time. Business owners may receive a call or a visit from a member of the Small Business Census team between April and the end of the summer of 2024, and may participate in the census in English, Spanish, Amharic, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Korean.

For questions about the Small Business Census, or whether the call or visit a business has received represents a real member of the Small Business Census team, reach out to a member of the project team below or at [email protected].

Hannah Eli
Data Officer
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
District of Columbia
(t) 202-568-2437; (e) [email protected]

Betsy Sava
Project Manager
BBC Research & Consulting
(t) 303-321-2547; (e) [email protected]

About the Small Business Census

The Government of the District of Columbia (the District) has selected BBC Research & Consulting (BBC), as well as Pantera Management Group (Pantera) and Tiber Hudson (Tiber), to conduct a census of small businesses in the District of Columbia. This census, known as the DC Small Business Census, will attempt to contact small businesses to participate in a short survey.

The census will be conducted in two parts via telephone and in-person interviews.

  • Davis Research will conduct telephone interviews with local businesses.
  • A street team identifying themselves as members of the DC Small Business Census project team will be going door-to-door to local businesses to conduct the census in-person for those businesses who did not fill out the census online or over the phone.

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