Washington – Howard University’s DC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to announce the official launch of an online marketplace that provides entrepreneurs with a digital platform to promote and sell their products and services. In conjunction with this initiative, SBDC will offer a series of educational workshops and classes to equip entrepreneurs with essential skills and knowledge.
Traditionally, online marketplaces affiliated with SBDCs have been limited to SBDC clients. carl brownAs director of the DC SBDC, he decided to take a pioneering approach by implementing an open marketplace for Howard University students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
“If we can teach entrepreneurs how to market their businesses, how e-commerce works, how to comply with regulations, etc., they will be head and shoulders above their competitors. That’s what we’re trying to focus on: our students, our faculty, our alumni, our clients,” Brown said.
The marketplace, which officially launched on October 1, invites entrepreneurs and small business owners to list their products and services without charging fees or entering into revenue-sharing agreements. I'm calling. This unique approach aims to lower barriers to entry for small business owners, allowing them to reach a wider audience and grow in a collaborative environment.
In addition to the Marketplace, DC SBDC offers a comprehensive curriculum of workshops and classes tailored to equip entrepreneurs with valuable knowledge and skills.
These educational sessions cover a variety of topics, including marketing strategy, e-commerce best practices, and financial management. These opportunities provide entrepreneurs with the tools they need to excel in the marketplace and broader business environment.
To join DC SBDC or explore its services on Howard University's online marketplace, visit shopdcsbdc.com.
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About DCSBDC Network
The DCSBDC Network is a joint initiative of Howard University, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and stakeholders in the District of Columbia small business community, and has been in existence for more than 40 years. The DCSBDC Network Center and its affiliated business counselors provide small business owners in the District and others seeking to expand their business within the District with cost management, technical assistance, research and affordable training at all stages of business development. We provide In 2021, the DCSBDC Network counseled 753 small business clients, conducted 129 webinars, and helped small businesses obtain more than $8.1 million in capital. DCSBDC is one of 63 SBDC networks with nearly 1,000 centers supporting small businesses in the United States and U.S. territories and more than 6,000 business counselors.