SB Works offers affordable business services, co-working space and experienced consultants for local small businesses.

Is your business in a jam? We help established businesses with a specific issue they need resolved to protect the legacy of their business. We help clients address a specific, definable issue–whether it’s permitting, regulatory compliance, or financial management. Unlike other programs that support business planning or growth, this service is available to fix or to find the gaps in your operations.

You know what you need to grow your business, but you may lack the know-how to make it happen. We provide subsidized, intensive support to address core issues impeding growth. From accounting and marketing plans to customer service training and cash flow management, our consultants tackle projects that let your business grow.

Our signature comprehensive business assessment process will provide a thorough, holistic snapshot of where you are, where you’re headed, and what you need to get there. Our experienced consultants will help you get there without busting your budget.

We match successful, specialized consultants with business owners seeking high-quality services at reasonable rates. From bookkeepers and operations experts to sales gurus and graphic designers, our network of experienced specialists are specialize in supporting the DC small business community.

Whether you have a problem to be fixed, an opportunity to be seized, or just can’t find a good bookkeeper, we bring the solution one step closer. We maintain a roster of tenured service providers that have passed rigorous competency tests in their respective fields.

Your search just got a lot simpler.

Ever been frustrated working at home or in a noisy coffee shop? Our co-working space is your affordable, accessible alternative. SB Works is located at 5 Points, a shared office concept in the Woodridge neighborhood of northeast Washington, DC.

With almost 2,000 square feet spread across three floors, you can select the type of work environment you need. A variety of membership levels allow you to take advantage of the amenities you need: reserved space (dedicated desk or shared table); kitchen & coffee, wifi, secure storage, lots of outlets for your gadgets, printing and weekly special events for both education and networking.

You’ll find most of the amenities of the expensive downtown offices—but in a quieter setting, surrounded by other small business owners building the businesses they envision.

Got an idea? Need some feedback? Stop by SB Works to talk through your thoughts with a successful business owner.

SB Works has developed a dynamic mentorship program called Advisors-in-Residence. Our in-house advisors have years of professional experience in marketing, accounting and finance, operations, and legal and regulatory affairs. These entrepreneurs keep regular hours and are available for one-on-one meetings, work sessions or just hanging out by the water cooler. This support means you’re never alone on the path of entrepreneurship.

Sample Projects

 Below are several examples of how the SB Works network has comes alongside businesses and provide targeted, strategic support for the challenges they face.

Missouri Avenue Market: Facade Improvements and Product Selection Refresh

Missouri Avenue Market, a former open air fruit market, was a the difficult position faced by many small businesses: a retail megastore was built across the street from their location. Unable to compete with the large chain in a traditional business sense, they wanted to remain a part of the community they had served for decades. The Market turned to SB Works for assistance. The team enrolled them in a Storefront Improvement Program and coordinated their Great Streets application, which was awarded with a grant. With this team alongside them, the Market received completed architectural drawings, ordered new equipment, and saw their necessary building repairs come to life. With a welcoming storefront, a large covered patio for customers to socialize, and a new selection of products ranging from hot specialty sandwiches to gourmet pastries, Missouri Avenue Market has shown that a small business with community character can still be a success in the face of corporate competition.

Sample Projects image_Missouri Ave Market

Dollar Plus Savings: Space and Service Redesign

Operated by Ethiopian immigrants, Dollar Plus Savings was the go-to community store for a decade until it almost fell victim to the rapid demographic and economic changes in its neighborhood. As income levels, tastes, and spending habits of the Shaw neighborhood changed, the owners realized they too needed to be able to adapt. After meeting with SB Works’ business consultants, Dollar Plus Savings modified its product lines and services to cater to customer interest in prepared foods and hot beverages. A simple redesign of their space—coupled with affordable interior and exterior upgrades—had Dollar Plus Savings drawing in new business with a more appealing space and services that their new customers appreciate. Today, Dollar Plus Savings continues to serve as a destination for the shopping needs of this dynamic DC neighborhood. It is poised to weather change and continue sustaining the livelihood of the owners’ family.

 

sample-projects-image_dollar-plus

5 Points Business Resource Center: Partnership Coordination & Community Networking

As DC’s neighborhoods and the environment for small businesses change, demand for professional, affordable workspace for business owners has increased. One local business, 5 Points Business Center, turned this need into an opportunity. 5 Points recognized Ward 5 as a popular area for new and expanding businesses, but they also identified a lack of reliable office space and community event centers for the home-based business owner. 5 Points’ owners took a chance and decided to open a new co-working space and resource center. Undertaking a complete building renovation is a daunting prospect for any small business, and 5 Points needed guidance on their project.

For such an undertaking, 5 Points sought assistance with obtaining architectural drawings and permits, securing financing, finding tenants, and applying for District grants. SB Works was also able to leverage its partnerships within both small business and nonprofit communities to support 5 Points. Their participation helped the community realize the benefits that this co-working and event space would provide. Through the shared effort of 5 Points and SB Works, architectural designs were donated, clients were recruited, and events were booked. SB Works helped 5 Points take an ambitious project from idea to reality, and the result is a business that benefits not just the owners, but the community as a whole.