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Business Development Partners

The Business Development team frequently collaborates with private and public sector organizations to support the attraction, retention, and expansion of DC-based businesses. Here is a list of some of our key partners.

Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)
WDCEP is a non-profit, public-private organization that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Washington, DC as a leading global city.


DC Chamber of Commerce
The DC Chamber provides tools to help businesses develop and advocates for improving the business climate in the District.


Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a membership driven organization that supports the economic development of the Washington, DC metropolitan region by facilitating the success of Latino and other minority-owned businesses and the communities they serve through networking, advocacy, education, and access to capital.

Business Improvements Districts
Washington DC's eleven business improvement districts manage and enhance neighborhoods through cleaning and safety services, business support and attraction, community events, homeless outreach services, and beautifying public spaces.


Destination DC
Destination DC serves as the lead organization to successfully manage and market Washington, DC as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination, with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historical communities.


As the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, Events DC leverages the beauty, history and diversity of the most powerful city in the world to attract   and promote an extensive variety of events, resulting in amazing experiences for residents and visitors alike, and generating economic and community benefits for the city.


Federal City Council (FC2)
FC2 is a nonprofit membership-based organization dedicated to the advancement of civic life in the nation’s capital. Serving as a catalyst for progress, the FC2 focuses the talents of its Trustees—many of Washington, D.C.’s most respected business and professional leaders—on major initiatives and civic projects to enhance the vitality and resiliency of the nation’s capital.


Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif)
Wacif’s mission is to increase equity and economic opportunity in underserved communities in the Washington, DC area by investing knowledge, social, and financial capital in low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs.


Other Agencies Supporting DC Businesses

Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
DSLBD supports the development, economic growth, and retention of District-based businesses, and promotes economic development throughout the District's commercial corridors.

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
DCRA supports a thriving community of residents, businesses, and visitors through diligent protection of health and safety and equitable administration of regulation and compliance in our District. DCRA is responsible for regulating construction and business activity in the District of Columbia.


Department of Employment Services (DOES)
DOES’ mission is to connect District residents, job seekers, and employers to opportunities and resources that empower fair, safe, effective working communities.



Department of Securities, Insurance, and Banking (DISB)
DISB regulates financial-service businesses in the District by administering DC's insurance, securities and banking laws, rules and regulations.