Department of Small and Local Business Development
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) fosters economic growth and the development of local, small, and disadvantaged business enterprises (LSDBEs) through supportive legislation, business development programs, and agency and public/private contract compliance. This agency certifies LSDBEs, giving them greater access to procurement opportunities with the Office of Contracting and Procurement. The LSDBE Certification Program builds the capacity of local, small, and disadvantaged businesses and stimulates economic development in the District of Columbia.
Department of Employment Services
The Department of Employment Services (DOES) plans, develops, and administers employment-related services within the District of Columbia. DOES works to empower and sustain a diverse workforce, which enables all sectors of the community to achieve economic and social stability. DOES provides businesses with current labor market information; operates a resource center for businesses with timely seminars and access to technology; assists with employee recruitment, referral and screening; and offers businesses tax-saving programs.
Department of Housing and Community Development
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) facilitates the production and preservation of housing, community, and economic development opportunities. DHCD fosters partnerships with for-profit and nonprofit organizations to create and maintain stable neighborhoods; retain and expand the city's tax base; promote economic opportunities through community empowerment; and retain and create job and business opportunities for the benefit of DC residents.
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. Computers with Internet access are available at the branch libraries.