DC Resources


Whether you’re thinking of starting a new business in Tenleytown or seeking opportunities to grow your existing business, the resources below can help your enterprise thrive.

District of Columbia Government


Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)

The Department of Small and Local Business Development supports the development, economic growth, and retention of District-based businesses. DSLBD offers one-on-one counseling, workshops, and seminars for entrepreneurs and small business owners


DSLBD Business Builder Tip Sheets

DSLBD publishes tip sheets packed with easily digestible resource information and guidance to help you manage and grow your business. Learn more about financing assistance, greening your restaurant, reducing and budgeting for payroll costs, and planning business promotions.


Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)

All businesses operating in DC are required to be registered or licensed by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. If you are just starting your business, DCRA has this quick online guide to steps you’ll need to take.


DC Small Business Resource Center (SBRC)

The District of Columbia Small Business Resource Center is your gateway to information and services that can help you start and strengthen your business in the District. Through the SBRC, you can access trainings, workshops, seminars, one-on-one technical and educational assistance, and other services.


Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)

The Department of Energy & Environment encourages all District businesses to incorporate sound environmental policies and practices in their daily operations, and works with local businesses to meet or exceed their environmental goals.


Ward 3 and Local Government

Councilmember Mary Cheh
Councilmember Cheh represents Ward 3 on the DC Council. She has served on the Council since 2007, and is currently the chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment. Councilmember Cheh was among the driving forces behind the establishment of a Main Street in Tenleytown, and is a champion of local businesses.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E
ANC 3E commissioners represent AU Park, Tenleytown and Friendship. DC government agencies are required to give great weight to ANC recommendations on local matters, including zoning, public space, liquor licenses, streets, planning, safety, and budget.


Loans and Grants

Great Streets supports small businesses by providing capital improvement grants up to $50,000 for exterior and interior renovations and partial operational improvements. 

Storefront Improvement Project small grants are offered by Tenleytown Main Street to help defray the cost of exterior improvements for businesses in Tenleytown.

Private Security Camera Incentive Program provides rebates for businesses to purchase and install security camera systems on their property and register them with the Metropolitan Police Department.

DCSmallBizLoans.com is an online lending platform shared by four Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) doing business in Washington, DC.

DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, a regulatory agency for the District of Columbia’s financial services industries, provides and participates in programs and resources to assist small business owners in creating sustainable economic development.


Additional Resources


Washington DC Economic Partnership

The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a non-profit, public-private organization whose core purpose is to actively position, promote, and support economic development and business opportunities in Washington, DC. WDCEP publishes biennially the DC Doing Business Guide, which provides current information essential to creating, relocating, and expanding your business in the District. WDCEP also offers training and networking events to support local businesses and entrepreneurs.


Hera Hub DC

Hera Hub DC, a coworking space located just north of Tenleytown, offers free one-on-one business consulting for business owners and entrepreneurs through its GURU program. Experts in fields ranging from marketing to business technology to legal issues are available to provide targeted advice and expertise.

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