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May 11, 2011

Mayor Gray Highlights New One-Stop Center to Help Small Businesses Navigate District Regulations 

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs center aims to help business owners.

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Director Nicholas Majett recently launched DCRA’s new Small Business Resource Center (SBRC), a service center which will provide technical assistance to small business owners seeking to navigate the District of Columbia’s regulatory environment.

“The launch of the Small Business Resource Center brings us one step closer to achieving my vision, and reiterates the importance of DCRA to economic development in the District,” said Mayor Gray. “It helps support my vision of making the District of Columbia’s regulatory environment more streamlined and less burdensome to the business community.”

The SBRC will provide one-on-one technical assistance, pro bono legal services, and workshops designed to assist small businesses with navigating regulatory issues such as corporate registrations, licensure, tax compliance and other compliance-related topics for small businesses. Business owners will be able to come to DCRA and get the right guidance in order to operate their business legally and in compliance with District laws and regulations.

“While DCRA has been making strides to modernize, update, and streamline processes so that businesses can operate in the District of Columbia with greater ease, we continue to find that the complexity of the District’s regulatory environment creates challenges for our small businesses,” said Director Majett. “We do not want to be an obstacle. Instead, we want to be facilitators of business activity within the District.”

By partnering with non-profit, federal government and other District agencies, DCRA will have an opportunity to cover a wide variety of regulatory topics across the District. SBRC partners include the DC Chamber of Commerce Foundation, DC Women’s Business Center, DC Small Business Development Center Network, US Internal Revenue Service, Washington Area Community Investment Fund, DC Bar Pro Bono Program, Latino Economic Development Corporation, and the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.

The SBRC is at the forefront of DCRA’s effort to streamline business entry requirements for new small businesses and cultivate a greater environment for support of small-business development. To learn more about the SBRC, visit http://dcra.ecenterdirect.com or follow on Twitter @dcsmallbizctr.