District working to unburden small businesses

Local,DC,Liz Farmer

A District government team "focused on minimizing regulatory burdens and advancing growth for startups" placed third in a competition last weekend graded by small business owners. The win comes after a report surveying small businesses gave the city a failing grade in friendliness to business owners. A separate report also found that D.C. is one of the more cumbersome cities in which to obtain a business license.

The competition, Startup Weekend E-Government, was sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and is a weekend-long event when developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups.

"Startup Weekend provided the District government an excellent opportunity to partner with the local technology and business communities on identifying innovative solutions to issues that impact the way businesses are established and run in the nation's capital," D.C. Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins said in a press release issued Tuesday. "Creating a simpler and more efficient license process will surely attract new businesses to the city, and provide further incentive for existing companies to stay."

Team D.C.'s "Business One Stop" idea was created in collaboration with local entrepreneurs and mentors and outlined "a commercially viable plan and product to streamline the District's business licensure process and help startups grow."

The idea was one of five that staff from the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development, Department of Employment Services and Consumer and Regulatory Affairs pitched to D.C.'s tech community.

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