Driving Business Development in D.C.
WDCEP’s initiatives focus on attracting and retaining new businesses and development projects to Washington, DC. Our programs span from regional events to national branding efforts to attract tech companies and new investments in local projects.
We aid startups and small businesses with the fundamentals and connections for success in the nation’s capital. Whether you’re in search of business assistance or are looking to support the city’s economic development efforts, learn more and get involved in one or more programs.
Input that Drives Initiative
The District’s economic vitality and business partnerships are at the core of the WDCEP’s Employer Engagement Program. The initiative connects the WDCEP team with private businesses, organizations and institutions to understand what makes Washington, DC an appealing choice for business and to help identify the challenges facing these companies. These ongoing meetings are a chance to discuss concerns, priorities and ideas to help propel DC into the future.
To schedule an appointment, contact Audrey Polk, Vice President of Corporate Attraction
Resources for Small Business
DC Biz Chat is aimed at educating future and current small business owners and entrepreneurs on business best practices in D.C. Local business professionals provide participants in-person guidance on how to start and expand their business. Some of the topics covered include funding, finding office space, marketing and workforce development.
Marketing DC’s Retail Industry
Each year, Washington, D.C. joins more than 33,000 retail real estate professionals to highlight the city as a primary growth market to the nation’s retail development community. At the International Council of Shopping Centers’ annual meeting (RECon), the WDCEP team meets with retailers and restaurants to increase retail attraction in D.C. Past efforts at RECon have resulted in 14,800 – plus jobs, $116 million in annual sales tax revenue and 3.9 million SF of leases for D.C.
To learn more, contact Chad Shuskey.
DC Businesses in the Spotlight
Each year, the WDCEP brings together 800 – plus public and private sector leaders to celebrate D.C.’s growth at our Annual Meeting & ECON Showcase.
The e vent brings together local businesses, government agencies and decision makers across the D.C. business ecosystem to celebrate economic impact and accomplishments in the nation’s capital. WDCEP partners and D.C. visionaries are highlighted while public and private sector leaders across all industries network and learn.
For details and sponsorship opportunities, contact Devin Zitelman, Director, Strategic Initiatives .