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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 4, 2015               

Small Business Policy Project to Launch DCSmallBizHelp

a central place for entrepreneurs to plan, start, and grow their small business


Washington, D.C. –The Small Business Policy Project (SBPP) will launch today DCSmallBizHelp [], a new online portal connecting fifteen small business technical assistance (TA) providers to the District of Columbia’s small business owners to the assistance and resources they need to plan, start and grow their business.
DCSmallBizHelp provides a single centralized platform where small businesses can browse the detailed profiles of each of the fifteen TA providers, or search for precisely the type of assistance they need and get a list of organizations offering that service. The site also includes a peer-to-peer feature that enables small business owners who have accessed services and put them to use in starting and growing their businesses.
“The District of Columbia is committed to finding innovative ways to support local businesses,” says Ana Harvey, Director of Department of Small and Local Business Development. “The DCSmallBizHelp website does just that by making it easier for small businesses to access the assistance they need to thrive.”
The concept for DCSmallBizHelp grew out of the Small Business Policy Project (SBPP), a comprehensive initiative to improve the environment for small business success in the District of Columbia in collaboration with Citi Community Development. The SBPP is now working to implement the more than 60+ recommendations they devised to make it easier for small business to flourish in DC.
“We are proud to work with the leaders of the Small Business Policy Project to give small business owners and entrepreneurs in the District of Columbia more opportunities to expand and thrive,” said Diana Meyer, Metro Washington Marketplace Manager, Citi Community Development. “Through this innovative initiative, we are bringing together stakeholders from across sectors to support entrepreneurs on the road to success so they can grow and create jobs.”
The launch event was held today at the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) with SBPP co-convener Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED). 

“Helping small businesses succeed is critical to helping our District residents and communities succeed,” says Stephen Glaude, Executive Director of CNHED. “With DCSmallBizHelp, entrepreneurs can now go to one central place to find the assistance they need – everything from creating business plans to effective marketing and accessing capital. This network of TA providers, particularly combined with our online lending platform  will help small businesses create jobs, generating income for DC residents and revenue for the District.”  


The DC Small Business Policy Project is co-convened by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) in partnership with the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), with input from a 20-person steering committee of public, private and nonprofit stakeholders. Funding for the project is provided by Citi. The goal of this Project is to position the District of Columbia for small business growth by improving the overall climate and available resources for aspiring and existing business. Visit
The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED) leads nonprofit community development organizations in ensuring that residents with low and moderate incomes have housing and economic opportunities in neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia. Visit, join us at, and follow us on Twitter @cnhed.  
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) supports the development, economic growth and retention of District-based businesses, and promotes economic development throughout the District's commercial districts. Visit, and follow us on Twitter @SmallBizDC.
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DCSmallBiz Help Providers Network:
  • Anacostia Economic Development Corporation
  • Capitol City CDC
  • Congress Heights Training & Development Corporation
  • DC Fashion Foundation
  • DC Minority Business Development Center
  • DC Small Business Development Center Network
  • DC Women’s Business Center National Community
  • Emory Beacon of Light, Inc.
  • Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • HIVE 2.0
  • Latino Economic Development Center
  • Rhode Island Avenue Main Street
  • Ward 7 Business Partnership
  • Washington Area Community Investment Fund
  • Washington, DC Economic Partnership
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