The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be accepting applications for the 2023 Dream Pitch Program, starting January 23, 2023.
The Dream Pitch Program is a 8-week cohort-based training program for microbusinesses in Ward 7 and 8 culminating into the Dream Pitch Competition. The Dream Pitch Competition is an opportunity for participants to pitch their business to a panel of judges, showcasing the knowledge gained through the program resulting in a pitch award between $2000 to $7500. Microbusinesses accepted into this competitive program will receive business development training in 4 areas:
- Business Pitch
- Financial Projections/Accounting
- Marketing & Branding
Program eligible microbusinesses must have fewer than five (5) employees, the business must be located in Ward 7 or 8 and the applicant must be a Ward 7 or 8 resident owning 51% or more of the business. This program is only for For-Profit businesses. Applicants must be the business owner. Participants in the 2022 Dream Pitch Program who received a pitch award and selected participants in the 2023 We Aspire Program are not eligible.
Questions on on the Official Application Instructions? Email Inno.ED@dc.gov
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