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Veteran Small Business Stakeholders

The DC Mayor's Office of Veteran's Affairs has partnered with the DC Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) to support District-based Veteran-Owned Small Businesses via DSLBD's District Capitalized Program.  District Capitalized offers financing, training & coaching to DC businesses and DC residents exploring entrepreneurship, regardless of their business size, industry or risk level, access capital to open and grow their business in the District of Columbia. 


DSLBD-supported LOANS via a Loan Loss Reserve -- DSLBD helps lenders offer microloans to clients who traditional lenders may not consider or deem “at risk.”  Loan amounts available vary by lender.

For loans $500 - $7,500

Contact Life Asset, (202) 765-0260,  [email protected] (near Ward 8), [email protected] (Spanish speakers)

For loans $5,000 - $50,000

Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) 202-540-7409, [email protected]


WACIF, 202-529-5505, [email protected]


Monthly trainings on topics including:

  • loan application preparation
  • managing businesses finances
  • financial issues that may affect loan-readiness (such as credit repair)

Register for trainings at http://bit.ly/DSLBDtraining


Receive one-on-one technical assistance to build credit, access capital, repay loans and managed business finances. 

Sign-up to be a client at https://dcbiz.ecenterdirect.com and select Financing/Capital on step #6.

General Questions about DSLBD’s District Capitalized Program:

Camille Nixon, Project Manager


[email protected]


Information about grants and other financing products available from DC Government agencies:

Download DSLBD’s Financing Assistance Business Builder tip sheet. 



Business Development Support

Are you interested in working on your business plan? Would you like free, one-on-one confidential counseling as you do so?

The Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) is partnering with Howard University's DC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide additional small business counseling and technical assistance offerings at DSLBD.

An SBDC counselor, Felipe Peres, is onsite at DSLBD on Wednesdays to provide free, confidential business counseling for businesses at any phase. To sign up for an upcoming counseling session select a date & time here. To ask questions, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] and [email protected].

If you register for a ticket from this event, that will confirm the time available for YOUR appointment with Felipe at DSLBD. We look forward to further supporting your DC business.