Your story is bold innovative set in DC


Growing and expanding your business requires a robust selection of supporting roles. DC-based companies get access to the nation’s most educated workforce, an interconnected urban infrastructure, a stable and diverse economy, and nimble policy making.


Employer Engagement

The Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) connected with more than 100 DC-based businesses, institutions, and organizations in 2018 to learn why they love DC and what the DC of tomorrow could look like. The results of those conversations are documented in The Employer Engagement Report.

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This report highlights nine prominent DC industries, opportunities for support, and ongoing initiatives by the District of Columbia under the Bowser Administration to create an equitable, inclusive, and thriving economic community for the city, by the city.

See why institutions large and small choose DC as the set for their story.

For more information on how to participate, contact Phillip McAuley, Business Development Analyst.

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DC Agencies

Our government agencies work together to set businesses up for success in DC. See what they can do for you:


DSLBD provides services to meet the needs of start-up and existing businesses, including one-on-one counseling, workshops, and seminars for both entrepreneurs and small business owners.

DCRA regulates construction and business activity in the District of Columbia. Visit DCRA’s consolidated permit intake center to ensure compliance with building codes and zoning regulations.

DISB administers DC's insurance, securities and banking laws, rules and regulations, in addition to financial literacy programs.

DDOT manages and maintains transportation infrastructure, ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.

DOES connects residents, job seekers, and employers to opportunities and resources that empower fair, safe, effective working communities.

OTR collects taxes due to the District of Columbia and accounts for all revenues.

DHCD administers affordable housing and community development programs in the District of Columbia.


Explore DC


Washington, DC has the highest proportion of college graduates of any metro area, is home to 20 colleges and universities, and has the highest-educated adult population in the country. DC offers a deep labor pool, strong university programs, and a vibrant technology and STEM sector.

Washington, DC is a city that welcomes all, cherishing the contributions of its diverse residents and global community. This is why DC is the third most livable city in the country, recognized as a cultural epicenter and historic center of black culture.


Washington, DC features the infrastructure of a major, cosmopolitan, interconnected urban city. As one of the most connected cities in the globe, DC is a leader in resilience, smart cities, and data infrastructure.

Washington, DC has a stable and diverse economy and a local government that has embraced innovation. DC confronts its growth forecast as a national leader in housing investments, focused on ensuring an inclusive housing policy with options for all residents.


Need assistance? Let our DC Concierge guide you through the process of becoming a business in DC.