CBE Services

We want to see your small business grow

The DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is the go-to resource for small businesses in the District. We provide business owners direct assistance and targeted programs for every phase of the business lifecycle.

Unique partners with private and public entities

We believe that every entrepreneur with a great idea and a great plan should have access to the tools and resources to make it happen. Through DSLBD’s network of resources, you will have access to the training, workshops, and assistance you need to start, operate, and grow your business.

Our Services

We understand the challenges facing small businesses and offer programs to support your growth.

  • Business certification: Certify your business to compete for government contracting opportunities with the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program.
  • Navigating government procurement: Procurement Technical Assistance (DC PTAC) demonstrates how to navigate the government contracting process.
  • Building your business: Various Business Opportunities programs and resources are available to assist in your business growth and entrepreneurial journey.
  • Commercial Revitalization: Revitalization programs improve your commercial property with marketing and technical assistance, storefront improvement grants, clean team services, and more.

For more information, visit dslbd.dc.gov, or contact one of our small business advisors at (202) 727-3900.