The District of Columbia Small Business Development Center Network is committed to a dynamic interactive business consulting, educational training and information system that delivers the resources, tools, and management disciplines that small businesses need to turn their visions of success into reality and enhance their company's profitability.
Throughout the year, the DC SBDC Network conducts very affordable training courses, seminars and workshops designed for small business owners, managers and aspiring business owners. Each year hundreds of small business owners and managers receive training through the District of Columbia SBDC Network and its partners in the following areas:
- How to Start a Business
- Business Plan Development
- Marketing Your Business
- Financing Your Business
- Managing Your Service and Retail Business
- Accounting and Record Keeping
- Cash Management
- Proposal Writing
- Strategies for Financial Fitness
- Business Development Certificate Program
- Strategic Planning
- International Trade Certificate Program
To review our current training events, please click here.
Confidential Business Consulting
Confidential business consulting is provided by DC SBDC professional business consultants with the assistance of MBA students on a pre-scheduled appointment basis. Our consultants and faculty will utilize our resources to assess the market to provide business troubleshooting and turnaround strategies as well as start-up assistance. To schedule an appointment with a DC SBDC professional business consultant, please click on the link above to contact the DC SBDC service center office nearest to you. One of our professional business consultants will respond within one business day to discuss the assistance you need. Business Troubleshooting and Turnaround Strategies
To read the DC SBDC business Consulting Philosophy, please click here.
To request confidential, one on one business consulting assistance, please click here.
How to Obtain Financing
To establish your business, it is important to choose a financing source and a lender/investor that meet your needs. The DC SBDC Network can help you set up
•Business Checking Accounts
•Lock Box service for Receivables
•Investment Savings Plans,
The DC SBDC Network can also help you in preparing your loan package by addressing the concerns of lenders and investors such as:
•Your capacity to repay
•The amount of capital or equity that you need to invest
•The collateral and/or guarantees that may be needed as support
•The conditions that could affect your business.
Business Plan Writing
Financial Analysis, Planning, and Guiding Documentation
In an effort to secure your financial success, the DC SBDC Network can help you prepare a complete description of your business, a comprehensive market analysis and strategy, management resume and personnel requirements, financial history for the past three years, and financial projections for at least two years of the proposed plan. These are the most important requirements of all lenders and investors that will ultimately become an invaluable tool to your success.
Our professional staff works with our resource partners, other SBDCs, a market research service, and the SBA to research your market and assist in the marketing of small business products and services to the public and private sectors alike. Areas of support include:
•Review of business capability statements
•Development of additional business marketing tools
•Public relations material and market research.
The DC SBDC Network also works with companies seeking local, state, or federal government and private sector certifications as small, social, and economically disadvantaged firms.