DC Business Environment Scan Released

New Report Finds Six Major Themes Central to Doing Business in DC

Andi Joseph
Director, Research & Communications
Washington, DC Economic Partnership

December 20, 2011

The WDCEP, in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, has released a 2011 DC Business Environment Scan, a new report assessing the strengths and weaknesses of operating a business in the District of Columbia.

As a result of this effort, six major themes were identified as key aspects to the District’s business environment through the course of the research, including Small Business/CBE Assistance; Business Incentives, Taxes & Fees; Government Efficiency; Government Regulation & Enforcement; Technology Industry; and Talent, Education & Workforce Training.

Respondents identified opportunities unique to doing business in the District, as well as recommendations on how to overcome challenges and make the District more business friendly.  A wide range of topics and suggestions were covered when respondents were asked about incentives, best practices and DC Government policy changes they would like to see implemented.

The findings were collected through both an on-line survey and in-person interviews during the summer and fall of 2011.  The survey was shared with over 10,000 contacts, and marketed through the city, partner organizations, and the WDCEP website and newsletter. Only responses from DC based businesses were included in this report.  Interviews were conducted with CEOs or upper management of District-based businesses that submitted responses to the on-line survey.

Download the report HERE.

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