DC Small Business Guide: How to Start and Run a Business in DC

Are you a business owner in DC? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here you’ll find guidance on how to start a business, fund your business, operate your business, hire employees, file for taxes, stay compliant in your state, and more. 

Bookmark this page and keep checking back to track new legislation and developments in DC that may affect your company. Now, let’s dive in!

How to register your business in the state of DC 

First thing is first: Here is how you register your new business in DC.

Find funding for your DC-based business

Every business, whether new or established, requires funding. Luckily, there are business loans and grants specifically designed for DC-based businesses. Check out the DC business funding page to find a loan or grant that’s a fit for your company. 

Managing employees in DC

  • Are you calculating employee paychecks? Use this DC salary paycheck calculator to determine withholdings and calculate take-home pay for your employees in DC. (We do the math for you.)
Minimum wage in DCSUI tax rate in DCDC DOL website
$17 per hour

$6.00minimum tipped wage per hour 
New employer tax rate: 2.7%

Tax rate range: 1% – 7.4%

Wage base: $9,000
Department of Employer Services
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