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Release Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:37 PM
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District of Columbia Small Business Development Center Network Receives National Accreditation

WASHINGTON (October 16, 2013) –  After a lengthy examination process, the District of Columbia Small Business Development Center (DC SBDC) has received full accreditation from the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).

At its 33rd annual conference in Orlando on Sept. 11, the association honored the DC SBDC Network for meeting all conditions and criteria for full accreditation.

“Accreditation is evidence of our ability to fulfill our mission, which is to provide our clients with the necessary tools for understanding and implementing "best practices" to achieve profitability and sustainable growth," said Darrell Brown, DC SBDC executive director.

Based on the outstanding progress of the network and the findings and recommendations of the ASBDC accreditation team, the DC SBDC will retain its full accreditation as a high quality economic development organization through 2017. The accrediting committee is comprised of 20 state and national SBDC officials who examine SBDCs against a comprehensive set of standards that determine a quality program. SBDCs must earn accreditation to receive funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration.   

“This full accreditation reaffirms the fact that the DC SBDC Network performs a vital function in supporting economic development throughout the District,” said Dr. Barron Harvey, dean of the Howard University School of Business.

The DC SBDC, a co-operative program in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, has been hosted by Howard University since 1979. The DC SBDC works with local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and launch successful new companies in the Washington community.

Since 2008, the DC SBDC has helped clients start 76 businesses, create 497 jobs and retain 230 jobs. Clients have received almost $15.5 million in financing and have generated nearly $12.5 million in new sales.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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