DCRA’s SBRC Celebrated 5 Years of Service

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Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs

February 27, 2017

Small Business Resource Center’s 

5-Year Anniversary

SBRC 5th Anniversary Event


DCRA’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) celebrated its five-year anniversary yesterday at Arena Stage.  The event highlighted the SBRC’s major impact in helping small businesses and the meaningful relationships fostering incredible partners over the past five years.  


For the past five years, SBRC has provided a concierge-type service to aspiring or current entrepreneurs in need of assistance.  Through one-on-one appointments, group workshops, and partnerships with other organizations, SBRC has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs work to open or expand their business.  SBRC assists entrepreneurs in getting a business license, certificate of occupancy, and developing a business plan among other services.  


SBRC has steadily increased its impact during the past five years.  In its first year, SBRC conducted 130 one-on-one sessions with businesses. In the last fiscal year, SBRC conducted 651 one-on-one sessions and 98 group workshops, which combined to allow the office to assist nearly 2,400 individuals.  


“No office at DCRA better reflects the agency’s goal for being Safe & Simple than the Small Business Resource Center,” said DCRA Director Melinda Bolling.  “Watching them help entrepreneurs turn ideas into brick and mortar businesses has been one of the highlights of my time as DCRA Director.”


At today’s event, SBRC honored its partners who helped provide support to small businesses across the District:

DC Women’s Business Center
DC Bar Pro Bono Center
DC Small Business Development Center
Washington Area Community Investment Fund
Office of Tax and Revenue


SBRC also presented three Small Business Challenge awards to new businesses who worked with the office during the past year and demonstrated a commitment to efficiently tackling regulatory processes, expanding their business knowledge through working with SBRC, and giving back to their communities through their business. The Small Business Challenge recipients are:


Zenful Bites, LLC 
Employment Now, INC
SNL Home Improvement, LLC


View pictures from the event here

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