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AEDC Small Business Development Center 

Since 1974, the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) has staffed the operations of the AEDC/Small Business Development Center (AEDC/SBDC). The primary goal of the AEDC/SBDC is to provide a wide range and variety of technical assistance services to small and local businesses located in, or wishing to locate in, the District of Columbia.  Throughout its existence, the AEDC/SBDC has provided business counseling, sponsored training events and disseminated information to both start-up ventures and existing small businesses in support of providing growth opportunities to the small business community.


In 2001, the AEDC/SBDC became a “Host Institution” of the Washington DC-Small Business Development Center Network (DCSBDC Network).  The DCSBDC Network, administered by the Howard University, School of Business and supported in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration is an affiliate of 63 such networks nationally with the mission of supporting the growth of small and local businesses across America.  The DCSBDC Network is dedicated to promoting the growth, profitability, innovation and increased productivity of small business owners and operators in the District of Columbia.  The AEDC/SBDC supports opportunities for small business success through excellence in the delivery of business support services. Other opportunities include the maintenance of strategic alliances with government agencies, and other noteworthy organizations involved in the fields of entrepreneurship and small business development. Each year hundreds of small business owners, operators and managers receive free business counseling, training and support through the AEDC/SBDC and the DCSBDC Network.





The Anacostia Economic Development Corporation's Small Business Development Center (AEDC/SBDC) through its affiliation with the DCSBDC Network provides free management, technical assistance and affordable training in all phases of business development to District of Columbia residents and small businesses interested in starting, growing, or expanding a small business in support of economic development in the District of Columbia. 


Our certified, trained and skilled business consultants provide results-oriented and confidential one-on-one management assistance in a myriad of areas, at no cost to the client.


Business Consulting Services include, but are not limited to:

            Business Start-up Information

            Start-up Feasibility Analysis

            Business Plan Development

            Business Structuring

            Understanding Industry Market

            Market Research

            Marketing Strategic Planning

            Financial Forecasting

            Federal and Local Government Certification

            Loan Packaging

            Procurement Assistance

            Overall Business Assessment

            International Business Development

Confidential business management consulting offered by the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation's Small Business Development Center is available at no cost to District of Columbia based businesses and residents interested in starting, growing or expanding a small business in the District of Columbia.


Business Training Courses include:

            How to Start a Business    (Click here for the DCSBDC Business Start-up Checklist)

            The Business Planning Process

            Marketing Your Business

            Website Development using WIX

            Managing Your Service and Retail Business

            Financing Your Business

            QuickBooks Online

            Accounting and Record Keeping

            Cash Management

            Federal and Local Government Certification

            Strategic Planning

            Small Business & Entrepreneurship Development

            International Trade


Confidential business consulting services are provided on a pre-scheduled appointment basis.  To schedule an appointment with an AEDC/SBDC professional business consultant, please contact the AEDC/SBDC office. One of our business consultants will respond within one business day to discuss the assistance you need.

The DCSBDC at the AEDC Small Business Development Center is a business consulting and training center of the District of Columbia Small Business Development Center Network is funded by Howard University and the U.S. Small Business Administration. In addition, the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) has Formal and Sustainable strategic partnerships with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Capitol One, and Wells Fargo.

DCSBDC is a partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America's SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Howard University, with Howard University serving as the network's headquarters. DCSBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency.  

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