The DC WBC is here to guide you in the planning and start-up of your business.  We offer classes and one-on-one consultation to help women become budding entrepreneurs.

Are you an existing woman-owned business that wants to grow? The DC WBC can help you reach new markets in federal and local governments and assist you in managing the growth of your business.

The DC WBC provides training and consulting to assist in the start-up and growth of women-owned businesses.

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Ethel Taylor, The Doggie Washerette, LLC

Ethel Taylor came to the DC Women’s Business Center in the spring of 2011 by recommendation from her councilwoman, Muriel Bowser. She had a full vision of her business in her mind.  After completing her business plan in our 7 week DC WBC Business Plan Lab training course, Ethel became the proud owner of The Doggie Washerette, a self- serve dog wash. Opening her business has not been easy and many lessons have been learned in the process, yet, she still continues to push her business to the next level. The DC WBC also helped Ethel secure funding through its partnership with Kiva, a crowd funding organization, to finance the required classes for her dog groomer’s license. With her dog grooming license secured, she is now working with our DC WBC team to strategize the role out of her new service. Ethel’s business success story has been featured in many online blogs and local and national newspapers such as the Washington Post and the Takoma Voice.

Check out the Doggie Washerette’s website at or her Facebook page: Doggie Washerette LLC


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The Washington, DC Women's Business Center (DC WBC) is a business development

organization that serves women entrepreneurs in the Washington, DC Capitol Region.

The DC WBC provides training and consultation to assist in the growth of

women-owned businesses. We also provide technical assistance to women-owned businesses

interested in federal and local government procurement opportunities.

Schedule an appointment today! We look forward to helping you grow your business.



The Washington, DC Women’s Business Center (DC WBC) is a business development organization that serves women entrepreneurs in the Washington, DC Capitol Region.

The DC WBC is operated by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).















The DC WBC works with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), banks, and other community partners to provide an expansive network of assistance to women business owners.

The DC WBC is excited to announce the commencement of the SBA Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Program in February 2011! 

 The program is designed to set aside government contracting opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB) in certain industries. Check out the SBA website to find out more information on the specific industries <>   and contact us if you have questions on how your business can take advantage of this great opportunity.

WOSB Program Handbook (557 kb)

WOSB Fact Sheet

WOSB Frequently Asked Question