2015/16 DC Doing Business Guide

WDCEP makes doing business in Washington, DC easier than ever

The DC Doing Business Guide is an updated and improved version of the sixth edition released in 2012.

This guide covers information essential to relocating, starting, and expanding a business in the District of Columbia (Washington, DC). Whether you are an existing business looking to relocate to DC, an entrepreneur looking for some guidance on starting a business in DC, or a DC-based company looking to understand local business resources, you will find the guide to be an indispensable tool.

Chapter highlights & overview

Starting a Business in DC  |  Download Chapter

Whether you are starting a new business or relocating an existing one, you will need to know the requirements of operating a business in the District of Columbia. If this is your first business venture, there are a number of factors that you need to consider which are listed in this chapter.

Business Registration & Licensing | Download Chapter

The process of obtaining licenses and registrations can be streamlined if you know what you need and where to find it.  This chapter will help you navigate your way through the process of business regulations.

Business Financing  |  Download Chapter

Most businesses need outside sources of financing to get established or to expand. As a world-class financial center, DC has many banking and financing institutions that can help a business meet its needs. This overview takes you through the basic steps of securing funding for your business.

Business Taxes  |  Download Chapter

There are two different classes of business taxes in the District: general business taxes and employer taxes. This chapter provides an overview of business and employer tax requirements in DC.

Financial Incentives  |  Download Chapter

Washington, DC offers a variety of business incentives for entrepreneurs looking to locate or expand their business in the District. Businesses are eligible for these incentives based on a variety of requirements, including location, type of business, and ownership structure.

Finding Talent and Labor Laws  |  Download Chapter

Finding talent is only the first step in the recruitment process; companies must also understand the relevant labor laws concerning the governance of employees. In order to hire a qualified employee, companies must consider a wide variety of traits, such as skill level, job flexibility, and experience. However, finding talent is only the first step in the recruitment process; companies must also understand the relevant labor laws concerning the governance of employees.

Business Insurance |  Download Chapter

A significant part of planning to start any business is dealing with potential exposure to loss. By investing in commercial insurance you can transfer potential business-related risks to an insurance company for a price or premium.

Starting a Franchise |  Download Chapter

Franchising is a solution for people who want to own and operate their own business while working under an established brand and benefiting from the experience and know-how of the franchisor. Franchises can offer you, the franchisee, a complete system of doing business, from branding and marketing to assistance with business set up, personnel training, and product supply.

Starting a Nonprofit | Download Chapter

The District of Columbia is home to the largest concentration of nonprofits and associations in the United States, with over 12,500 nonprofit organizations located in the city. The most important components of starting a nonprofit include a sound mission statement, a concept paper, defined organization type, established board of directors, bylaws, a strategic plan, and identified sources of funding.

Doing Business with Government | Download Chapter

The U.S. federal government is the largest buyer in the world, and as such, it acts as an economic engine that helps fuel the region’s job and population growth. DC businesses are highly favored when the federal and DC Governments need contracting. Both governments have offices or administrations that do all of their commercial contracting for them and other special programs for small, economically disadvantaged businesses.

Marketing Your Business | Download Chapter

In order to successfully grow your business, you need to attract and retain satisfied customers. An effective marketing program can help you achieve this goal. Many think marketing is just advertising and promotions, but it comprises the entire process companies use to maintain their customer base. A successful marketing program can be advantageous for your business to promote awareness of your products and build strong customer relationships.

Technology Company Resource Guide | Download Chapter

Fifteen years ago, Silicon Valley was the Natural choice for a motivated entrepreneur wanting to locate a business within arm’s reach of seasoned founders, angel investors, and venture capitalists. The dotcom crash served to galvanize this inclination when it curtailed DC’s (and many other cities’) burgeoning tech scene. In recent years, however, DC has re-emerged as a global hub of innovation.

Business Resources | Download Chapter

The resources below are public initiatives provided by government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Complete contact information for all of the resources listed can be found in the quick reference section at the end of this chapter.

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