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Business Development



Business development is vital to the District's efforts to attract businesses, create jobs, and spur economic growth in the nation's capital. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development offers information and services to businesses seeking to start, relocate or expand a business within the District of Columbia. We also design and facilitate catalytic programs with stakeholder organizations to improve the business climate in the District.

Our Business Development Team is here to connect you to financial incentives and other resources, help you identify space for your business, attract and retain key employees, and identify strategic alliance partners. The District is open for business and we are here to show you why D.C. is the best place to establish and grow your company.

Connect with us! Here are the points of contacts for popular topics:

Growing or relocating your business
Sybongile Cook, Director of Business Development and Strategy, [email protected]

Business Attraction and Expansion Inquiries
Sara Adams, Director of Business Attraction & Expansion [email protected]

For Strategic Partnerships
(Nourish DC, Food Access Fund, Family Fun Destination grants):
Jamie Scott, Deputy Director of Business Development & Strategy [email protected]


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What you’ll find on this site:

Learn more about why DC is a great place to live, work, play, and do business.

Business Development is leading formalized efforts to pursue strategic goals in priority areas such as inclusive innovation, commercial revitalization, and employer engagement.

DC’s Economic Strategy
DC’s Economic Strategy outlines not only how we will grow our economy, but how we will make sure that growth benefits all Washingtonians. Explore our initiatives for increasing the commercial tax base, creating jobs, fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, and advancing inclusive prosperity in DC.

International Business
Learn more about our international activities and access tools for both foreign investors and DC businesses seeking to expand to other markets.

Business Resources
Find funding opportunities, such as grants and other incentives, as well as space-finding and relocation tools, resources for entrepreneurs, talent and hiring programs, and regulatory support.

Achieving our strategic goals and supporting the DC business community requires collaboration with key external partners and agencies across District government.

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