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

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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 seven-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.

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.

• Seminars and Workshop

• Business Opportunities

• Networking Events

• Request One-on-One Consultation


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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration