Welcome to the DC Business Portal

We are here to help you start, expand, or modify your business through user friendly directions and tools designed to get your business exactly as you want it, as soon as possible.

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Our workshops make it easier to start a business in the District of Columbia, and it is the first stop for existing and aspiring businesses who want to grow.

This guide walks you through all the resources to starting, maintaining and growing your business

Scout makes it easy to verify a business license. In order to operate legally in the District of Columbia, all businesses must be licensed. Scout allows you to check if a business entity has active license(s).