The organizations below provide market and business information both online and in print publications. Staff members at
these organizations can also be helpful to businesses trying to track down information.
DC Marketing Center
The Washington, DC Marketing Center actively promotes and markets the District of Columbia as the premier city in the region and nation in which to conduct business, live, shop, seek education and health care, and enjoy world-class museums and cultural attractions. Through marketing outreach efforts, such as DC Business Connections, the center contributes to economic development in the District through business retention and recruitment programs, the creation of public/private partnerships, and the distribution of economic development information
DC Public Library
The DC Public Library (DCPL) delivers information resources to residents and businesses through 27 branch libraries and extensive online resources. The DCPL Business Division provides useful information related to starting or growing a business in the District of Columbia. DCPL maintains useful District of Columbia statistics and economic data. The Enhanced Business Information Center (e-BIC), located in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, offers training, counseling, and computer access to entrepreneurs. Computers with Internet access are also available at the branch libraries.
Market Facts and Statistics
Find market information related to economic development, transportation, demographics, and government services.
Office of Planning
The Office of Planning develops revitalization plans, works with neighborhoods to set priorities, maintains the Development Review Department to resolve planning issues as they arise, and incorporates historic preservation into overall city planning. The Office of Planning also serves as the state data center for the US Census.
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) oversees and coordinates execution of the District's economic development programs and projects; represents the Mayor to businesses, developers, and other government agencies; and manages the executive agencies responsible for economic development. The DMPED website describes key initiatives and provides information about doing business in the District of Columbia.