Makers & Creatives Toolkit

The Washington, DC creative economy is comprised of some of the world’s most innovative artists, designers, chefs and entrepreneurs. Local creators are evolving the District into a thriving epicenter of tech, art, music, culture and food. Starting a creative business in DC starts with the Makers & Creatives Toolkit that’s full of details to support your endeavors including incentives, regulations and resources.


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Quick Facts


In DC, there are 3,500-plus creative industry businesses per 100,000 people.


Nearly 50% of DC adults regularly attend live music, theatre, or dance performances (second-highest in the U.S.).


Bon Appétit ranked Washington, DC the best city for dining in 2016


In 2014, 45% of D.C. adults personally performed or created artwork.

Makers & Creatives Toolkit


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The WDCEP is ready with resources and local business expertise to answer questions and guide your potential path to business in DC. To download the Makers & Creatives Toolkit, please complete these fields

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Prayas Neupane

Director, Business Retention & Expansion