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

Inclusive Innovation

View the activities and resources that support Washington, DC's commitment to be the capital of inclusive innovation here.

Small Business and Retail

Great Streets Small Business Retail Grant 
Great Streets is a commercial revitalization initiative designed to support existing small businesses, attract new businesses, increase the District's tax base, create new job opportunities for District Residents, and transform emerging corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers. 

Neighborhood Prosperity Fund 
The purpose of the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund grant program is to provide gap funding for the non-residential components of mixed-use projects in targeted neighborhoods (census tracts with >10% unemployment)


Kennedy Street, NW Economic Development and Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee 
This advisory committee was established by the DC Council to provide recommendations to DC Government regarding the needs of the community, parking and transportation, and economic development opportunities along Kennedy Street NW.


Other Initiatives

Employer Engagement 100
EE100 is a program designed to engage the District's top 100 employers. DMPED, in partnership with the Department of Employment Services, identified the District's largest employers based on their number of employees and revenue size by sector, in addition to the fastest growing employers in the District. The pilot kicked off in fiscal year 2018.

Commission on Fashion Arts & Events
Washington, DC Commission on Fashion Arts and Events (CFAE) was established in May 2013 to promote the fashion and beauty industry as a viable economic resource in the nation’s capital.


DC Community Anchor Partnership
A collborative of vanguard anchor institutions (spearheaded by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development) interesed in learning best practives for maximizing the local impact of their purchasing power.