Resources for Small Business Entrepreneurs

Are you an entrepreneur and starting a new business in the DC metro area but not sure where to go for assistance? The Pentagon Rotary club interfaces with local organizations assisting business startups. Some of these organizations focus on technical assistance and mentoring; others provide financing or incubation space. Most service a particular local community, whether it’s Arlington, Alexandria, DC, or Baltimore. View our current list of resources for entrepreneurs that can best help you become a successful entrepreneur.

Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC)

The mission of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) is to encourage, facilitate and support the economic growth and sustainability of the greater Washington area community by building bridges and serving as a resource for the APA business community. AACC achieves this mission through business networking programs, summits, expos, business development workshops, seminars, and other special programs and events.

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Networking

Training & Workshops

Baltimore Community Lending (BCL)

Baltimore Community Lending is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving Baltimore City exclusively. We’re 100% dedicated to delivering responsible, affordable lending products to help low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities join the economic mainstream. We’re making loans to small real estate developers and small business owners committed to developing underserved neighborhoods.

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Business Financing

Technical Assistance

BizLaunch

BizLaunch is Arlington’s small business and entrepreneurial assistance network, and your one-stop-shop for everything you’ll need to know about starting or growing a business in Arlington. BizLaunch partners with a wide variety of small business organizations to provide you with information on writing a business plan, taxes, permits, licensing, marketing, financing and just about anything else you’ll need to know to start or grow your business in Arlington. In addition, the BizLaunch center offers information, counseling and research opportunities, all free of charge.

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Networking

Technical Assistance

Training & Workshops

Community Business Partnership (CBP)

We help small businesses start and grow. Our mission is to be the premier provider of full spectrum educational and support services to small businesses in Fairfax County and beyond; enabling them to make a significant contribution to a vibrant local economy. Community Business Partnership serves as your one stop shop for starting and growing your small business.

We are a business incubator and training center with four centers of business assistance excellence:

  • a Women’s Business Center: our primary operation to assist entrepreneurs starting their business;
  • a Small Business Development Center: our organization that assists established businesses seeking growth;
  • a Business Finance Center: led by staff adept at offering non traditional business financing;
  • a Business Incubation Center: providing space, mailbox, and training room rentals for local businesses

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Business Financing

Incubation Space

Technical Assistance

Training & Workshops

Enterprise Development Group (EDG)

Serving as a bridge toward self-sufficiency to individuals residing throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, we provide refugees, immigrants and low-income community members’ access to loan capital and help improve their general business skills. We offer educational programs focused on the fundamental aspects of operating a small business, along with many other vital advisory services.

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Business Financing

Incubation Space

Tax Preparation

Technical Assistance

Training & Workshops

Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)

The InBusiness program by LEDC empowers local entrepreneurs with the tools to realize the full business potential of their ideas. We do this by equipping them with the practical business advice and accessible capital needed in launching a startup Venture or expanding an already successful businesses operation.

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Business Financing

Training & Workshops

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Alexandria Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a free community resource that provides confidential one-to-one guidance, as well as workshops, roundtables and training for startups and existing businesses. We understand that prospective entrepreneurs often have a variety of questions and can be confused about where to start, and that existing business owners often face challenges that can distract from their core business operations. SBDC counselors can help answer your questions, provide strategies for solving business challenges, and connect you to the resources that your business needs to thrive.

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Technical Assistance

Training & Workshops