Stay updated on legislation, hearings and events that matter to DC’s local business community.


Important Upcoming Events:


Past Events:

Dinner and Discussion: Do you think it’s hard to start a business in DC?

When & Where?

  • July 24th at 6 pm at Capitol View Library, Meeting Room One, 5001 Central Ave. SE
  • July 31st at 6 pm at Mount Pleasant Library, Large Meeting Room, 3160 16th St. NW
  • August 7th at 6 pm at Anacostia Library, Ora Glover Community Room, 1800 Good Hope Road SE

  • August 15th at 6 pm at Northeast Library, Meeting Room One, 330 7th St. NE

What?

Calling all small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and community advocates: we want to hear your ideas and experiences!

We will discuss ongoing efforts to:

  • Reduce business licensing fees
  • Cut red tape
  • Reduce confusion about licensing

Free dinner will be provided!

How? Register here.


Health Public Hearing:

The Committee on Health held a Public Hearing on the Bill 23-0192, “Cottage Food Expansion Amendment Act of 2019”

When? Tuesday, April 23rd at 3:30 pm 

Where? Wilson Building, Room 412, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

What? This bill expands the permitted sales venues beyond farmer’s markets and special events to allow all direct-to-consumer sales and removes the $25,000 revenue cap.

Why? It is imperative that the DC Council hears from you the positive impact that expanding the cottage food law will have on your community.

How? Those who wish to submit written testimony should contact Malcolm Cameron, Committee Legislative Analyst, at (202) 654-6179 or mcameron@dccouncil.us for more information click here.

I can’t make it to the hearing, how else can I get involved? The best way you can get involved is by contacting DC Council members to let them know you support this bill. It is very important that DC Council knows that this issue matters to people across the District. Or fill out our survey so that we can here why this issue matters to you, your business, or your family. 

View our testimony here.

Watch the full hearing hereOur testimony begins on the 1:24:00 mark.

Or watch here, the video begins on our testimony:


Committee of the Whole Performance Oversight Hearing:

“The Committee of the Whole will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing.”

When? Wednesday, February  27th at 10:00 am 

Where? Wilson Building, Room 412, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Why? It is imperative that the DC Council hears from you the positive impact that reforms to reducing barriers to entrepreneurship will have on your community.

How? Those who wish to submit written testimony should email cow@dccouncil.us, for more information click here

Watch the full hearing hereOur testimony begins on the 2:18:00 mark.

Or watch here, the video begins on our testimony:


Committee on Health Performance Oversight Hearing:

“The Committee on Health will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing.”

When? Friday, February  8th at 10:00 am 

Where? Wilson Building, Room 412, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Why? It is imperative that the DC Council hears from you the positive impact that reforming the DC’s cottage food law will have on your community.

How? Those who wish to submit written testimony should email mcameron@dccouncil.us, for more information click here

Watch the full hearing hereOur testimony begins on the 3:48:20 mark.

Or watch here, the video begins on our testimony:


Committee of the Whole Public Oversight Round-table:

“The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs: What Issues Should the Committee Pursue?”

When? Wednesday, February 6th at 11:00 am 

Where? Wilson Building, Room 123, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Why? It is imperative that the DC Council hears from you the positive impact that streamlining DCRA will have on you and your business.

How? Those who wish to submit written testimony should email cow@dccouncil.us, for more information click here. The record closed at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 20th. 

View our testimony here

Watch the hearing here. Our testimony begins on the 1:41:00 mark.

Or watch here, the video begins on our testimony:


Committee of the Whole Public Hearing:

When? Thursday, December 20th at 10:00 am 

Where? Wilson Building, Room 123, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Why? We want to do everything we can to show the potential positive impact this legislation could have on DC’s local business community. We are hoping that this bill is the first in a series of reforms that will make it cheaper, faster and simpler for entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams in the District.

View our testimony here

Watch the hearing here, our testimony begins on the 1:53:00 mark.

Or watch here, the video begins on our testimony:

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