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Monday, 07 August 2017 12:12

Small Business Loans

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Attention Washington, D.C. Entrepreneurs: Do you need help with your small business? Whether you need business advice or help financing, LEDC is here to help! Apply now and see if you qualify for our small business loans.



Join LEDC and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) for a bilingual summer networking event! You will receive key tips to network and sell your business, gain insight from a panel of business owners and connect with one another for opportunities to collaborate and grow the small business community in DC. 


SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2016 - Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching

Are you a food, beverage or craft brewing small business owner? Are you looking for marketing, packaging, legal, financial or sales and distribution advice? We can help!

When: Monday, September 12, 2016

Time: 7:00-9:30pm

Where: WeWork Wonder Bread Factory 641 S Street NW- Ground Level

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:54


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Is your business eligible for capital improvement grants, tax rebates, flexible loans, wage reimbursements or other financial incentives from the Government of the District of Columbia or community lenders?
On August 3, come hear from our experts from the Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Inc. (Wacif)U.S. Small Business Administration, DMPED, and from our very own ‪#‎SmallBiz‬ Director, Oswaldo Acosta, to discuss available incentives, resources, eligibility criteria, and how to access these local initiatives.

Wednesday, August 3
Network: 8:30 to 9AM 
Learn: 9 to 10:30AM
Venable, LLP 
575 7th Street, NW 
Washington, DC

Register now:

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 11:09

WEBINAR: Entrepreneurship In Communities Of Color

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Nearly all groups of entrepreneurs of color experienced significant growth in the number of their firms from 2007 to 2012, but for many sales declined, Algernon Austin found in his recent report, “The Color of Entrepreneurship: Why the Racial Gap among Firms Is Costing the U.S. Billions.”

Helping entrepreneurs of color grow their businesses is essential to building their communities and strengthening the American economy, as the country become more racially and ethnically diverse. We need to support these entrepreneurs so they can create jobs and spark economic growth. 

This webinar will address opportunities to expand economic security through local programs that support all residents—something especially important in communities of color.

Monday, 02 May 2016 10:29

DC Small Biz Takeover: #DCSBW16 and #DCSmallBizWeek

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Whether you’re a small business, a supporter, or an organization providing assistance to small business, you can join in the week’s coordinated activities! Check out the activities above to learn more.

Small Business City Tour


DSLBD will celebrate Small Business Week across the District by visiting small businesses in all 8 Wards throughout the week.


Monday, May 2


DC Small Biz Resource Mini-Clinic Pop-Ups


Stop by and receive free technical assistance and other resources for your small business. Experts will be on hand to answer all your business needs and link you with organizations that will mentor you to the next level.


Presented by: CNHED and DSLBD




Ben’s Chili Bowl BEN’s H St. NE


1001 H St. NE


11:00 am – 2:00 pm




DCRA Building


1100 Fourth St, SW


8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Destination Congress Heights
3119 MLK Jr. Blvd.
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Uprising Muffins
1817 7th St. NW
8:00 am - 11:00 am 
Ward 7 Business Partnership
Thai Orchid's Kitchen Restaurant 
2314 PA Ave SE
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm




DC Government Economic Cluster’s Building Bridges to Success


Gain a better understanding of how to obtain access to capital, District government contracts, and grant opportunities.


Licensing Process (DCRA)


Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grant (DMPED)


Small Business Assistance and Façade Improvement (DHCD)


Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Program (DSLBD)


Green Incentive Program (DOEE)


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


100 4th Street SW, 2nd Floor (Room E-200), Washington, DC 20024


For more information, please call (202) 442-4538.



Tuesday, May 3


Power Up DC


GET MONEY, GET MOVIN: Accessing Capital to Start and Grow Your Business with Non-Traditional Funding Resources. Featuring: Guest Speakers, Workshops, Matchmaking Session


8:00 am -12:30 pm


Marriott Marquis Hotel - 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001








Made In DC Legislation Celebration


The Department of Small and Local Business Development celebrates the passing of the “Made In DC” legislation!


5:30PM - 7:30PM


Lab 1270 at Union Market - 1270 5th St NE


For more information, email



Thursday, May 5


Hispanic Women Entrepreneurship Roundtable


DSLBD will announce a new program in partnership with MOLA and MOWPI that will help Hispanic women on the road to business ownership. 


10:00 am -11:00 am


MOLA Office - 2000 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20009


For more information, email




SCORE Growing Your Business Conference


A full day of Seminars, Workshops, Networking and Exhibits designed to help Grow your Business!


World-Class Speakers on Affordable Sales & Marketing Strategies, Federal Contracting, and Accessing Capital.


8:00 am – 3:30 pm


Washington Hilton -1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009





Friday, May 6


DISB’s Coffee and Capital


Introduction to DISB’s Access to Capital Programs for District Small Business


8:30 am – 10:30 am


Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church - 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001