2021 State of Business Report

About The District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce

The DC Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Washington, DC, the nation’s capital. It advocates on behalf of businesses and entrepreneurs, and provides services to improve the business climate and attract new companies to the District of Columbia. As a leading advocate for economic growth, the DC Chamber reflects the diversity and prosperity of the District’s robust business community, from tech startups to Fortune 500 corporations.


Washington, DC is a flourishing and diverse global city. Its leadership—including Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Council of the District of Columbia, and the DC Chamber of Commerce under the stewardship of President & CEO Angela Franco—are the catalysts for the production of the 2021 State of Business Report: Building Back. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, under the leadership of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio, and Sybongile Cook, Director of Business Development and Strategy, provided financial support for the production of this report. Our thanks to photographers Ted Eytan, Bekah Richards, Joe Flood, and Aimee Custis for use of their photos throughout the report. Cover photo by Aimee Custis.

About This Report

This report was prepared and produced by the D.C. Policy Center for the DC Chamber of Commerce. The D.C. Policy Center is an independent nonprofit think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. The views expressed in this report should not be attributed to the members of the D.C. Policy Center’s Board of Directors or its funders. Funders do not determine research findings or the insights and recommendations of D.C. Policy Center employees and experts. Further information about the D.C. Policy Center is available at dcpolicycenter.org/about.

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