Step-by-Step Guide to Doing Business in DC Now Available


Contact: Tiffany Thacker
Manager, Development & Communications
Washington, DC Economic Partnership

Step-by-Step Guide to Doing Business in DC Now Available
Published by the Washington DC Economic Partnership, the 2012 DC Doing Business Guide Offers Invaluable Tips on Starting a Business

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Washington, DC – The Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) released its DC Doing Business Guide today, a “how-to manual” that provides a step-by-step guide on how to start a new business or expanding an existing business in the District of Columbia. Published every two years, the guide offers invaluable information and resources for small to large sized companies. Designed to help every type of business, the guide includes numerous public and private resources filled with indispensable information on making the most of your business in the District of Columbia.

“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 this guide to be an indispensable tool,” says Keith Sellars, President & CEO of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership.

The DC Doing Business Guide is divided into thirteen chapters covering everything from writing a business plan and defining ownership structure to business insurance and government contracting. In addition to helping businesses navigate the business licensing and registration process, find employees and financial incentives, the new edition of DC Doing Business Guide includes two new chapters on how to market your business and a technology company resource chapter.

The DC Doing Business Guide will be released as an electronic publication for the first time, thanks to a grant from the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), which will be the first electronic publication provided by the Government of the District of Columbia. A Spanish version of the publication will also be available next month, thanks to funding from the DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).

Regardless of the business you want to start or currently operate, you will find the DC Doing Business Guide to be a roadmap for running a successful business filled with information, tips, and resources in one handy guide. The book is available to consumers at the Washington DC Economic Partnership’s office located at 1495 F. Street, NW, or WDCEP’s website.

The DC Doing Business Guide is the product of collaboration among several District and federal government entities and other business service providers, including: the Department of Small and Local Business Development, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the DC Office of Tax and Revenue, the Department of Employment Services, the DC Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Women’s Business Resource Center, the Washington Area Community Investment Fund, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the DC Small Business Development Center Network.


It is the mission of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to promote business opportunities throughout the District of Columbia and to contribute to business retention and attraction activities.

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