Grow Your Business

DC is not just a global city, it’s a local one.

As the ‘Capital of Inclusive Innovation’, DC is committed to providing opportunities and pathways to success for all types of businesses and business owners.

Already a top location for women and people of color, inclusion in DC means access to resources for all types of innovators. As the #6 global smart city, the ‘Silicon Valley of Cybersecurity’ and the #1 food city in the US, DC’s small businesses are leading the way.

Quick Facts

Top 10 global city for female entrepreneurs

The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Cities Index, 2016

#2 locale for America’s fastest-growing private companies


#2 strongest local economy in the country

– Business Insider

Hottest spot in the country for entrepreneurship

– Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship, 2017

How WDCEP Can Help

WDCEP has the knowledge and connections to serve as a liaison in nearly every sector; with a deep understanding of the commercial real estate market, financing & incentive programs, custom industry data, and tools to promote DC as a business destination; we help businesses grow.

Our team of DC experts can help you connect with the right people, find the right space, and provide data and research on DC’s business sectors.

Industry guides

DC’s diverse industries mean any business has the environment to thrive in DC. Explore our industry profiles with information on DC’s many sectors:

Learn more about DC’s industries.

Dive deeper with WDCEP’s individual toolkits that breakdown resources and provide executable information to grow your business:

The ins and outs of doing business in DC

The ins and outs of doing business in DC Our Doing Business in DC Guide has all the information you need to help your business thrive in The District.

Top sections for growing small businesses:

Find the right space for your business

Check out our Neighborhood Profiles Guide for data on DC’s 54 commercial corridors or contact our team for free one-on-one site assistance consultations.

Leads the #WeDC campaign, the most successful digital campaign at SXSW for two years running

Runs DC’s presence at ICSC RECon, retail’s leading conference which brings together 30,000+ leaders in the industry

Regularly convenes public and private DC business leaders across sectors

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Explore DC’s business resources

Explore our signature, award winning publications.