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​"We are in the Business of Helping Small Businesses Succeed" 

Overview of the District of Columbia Small Business Development Center Network (DC SBDC)

The DC SBDC Network is an outreach program administered by Howard University, working in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and community organizations, to provide free management and technical assistance and affordable training in all phases of business development to District of Columbia based small businesses. Our trained and skilled business consultants provide confidential, one-on-one management assistance in a myriad of areas, at no cost to the client. Each year, one-on-one consulting is provided to thousands of small business owners, managers and aspiring entrepreneurs.


Business Consulting includes but is not limited to:

  • Cash flow analysis

  • Financial forecasting

  • Market research

  • Procurement assistance

  • Proposal cost analysis

  • Overall business assessment "The Business Health Checkup"

  • Startup feasibility analysis

  • Business plan assessments

  • Strategic planning

  • Business start-up information


Confidential business management consulting offered through the DC SBDC Network is available at no cost to District of Columbia based businesses and residents interested in starting a small business in the District of Columbia.


The DC SBDC offers training and special events focused on management skills for small business owners.  Registration for these workshops is available on this site, click here for registration.



                                                                      The DCSBDC is funded in part by:

                                                  the Small Business Administration and Howard University  


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