Frequently Asked Questions

January 28, 2020


Do you accept walk-in clients?

Unfortunately, no. To book your appointment with a counselor or specialist please click here.


Is there a cost for your services?

All counseling sessions are free. Most training sessions and workshops are free as well but some may charge a nominal fee.


Can I receive support in developing my business plan?

Yes, our counselors work with you one-on-one, using an online business plan tool that results in a completed business plan.


We hold a variety of workshops that focus on all aspects of writing a business plan.


I need a loan or a grant for my business. Can the WBC help me?

Yes, we can help you access loans and grants, however, we do not offer direct funding. Please schedule a counseling session to help you find the financing resources that are best suited to your business.


What are some funding options for my small business during COVID-19?

Visit our resources page for an updated list of COVID-19 funding and relief options.


I have questions about business taxes, certifications and registration - Does the WBC offer support in this?

Yes, please schedule an appointment with our business counselor by clicking here.  See the resources listed below.


Get Certified as a Woman-Owned Business

The Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program limits competition for small businesses in industries where women are underrepresented.



Tax Information for Businesses

If you have a specific question, please schedule an appointment with our business counselor by clicking here.




National Resources

Coronavirus: Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources

Employee Retention Credit

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Association of Women's Business Centers

AEO Main Street Rise

Capital Impact Partners

National Association for the Self-Employed


Women’s Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program- LiftFund


Washington, DC Resources

Small Business Programs, Resources and Information

DC Business Licensing and Registration

DC Women’s Business Center

Promote your DC business to prospective customers

DC Doing Business Guide


Maryland Resources

Business Licensing & Permitting Extension

BGE Energizing Small Business Grants

Maryland Capital Enterprises


Virginia Resources

Business Taxes & Licensing

Virginia Society of Tax and Accounting Professionals

Natural Capital Investment Fund

Dominion Energy Small Business Energy Share Relief Program




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