Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter V. Business Incubator Facilitation.


§ 2–1209.01. Purposes.

In enacting this subchapter, the Council of the District of Columbia supports the following statutory purposes:

(1) To facilitate the establishment of 1 or more business incubators in the District of Columbia by offering the use of city-owned property, credit support for financing businesses in the incubator, and other incentives to ensure that tenant business costs for space and services are kept to a minimum; and

(2) To design business incubators to assist companies through the conceptual, start-up, and early growth stages of their businesses. The business incubator is not intended to serve merely as inexpensive quarters for established businesses.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 2, 32 DCR 6334.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2231.


§ 2–1209.02. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Business incubator” means a building that provides low-cost space and services to eligible tenant businesses. The term “business incubator” does not mean a multi-tenant facility that offers space alone.

(2) “Council” means the Council of the District of Columbia.

(3) “District” means the District of Columbia.

(4) “Mayor” means the Mayor of the District of Columbia.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 3, 32 DCR 6334.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2232.


§ 2–1209.03. Eligibility criteria.

(a) The Mayor shall define eligibility criteria for business incubators receiving public support. These criteria shall be stated in terms of business and economic development objectives, including, but not limited to, consideration of the following recommendations:

(1) The Mayor shall rank the types of businesses that would be eligible tenants.

(2) The Mayor shall rank-order the District government’s preferences in such a way that businesses with little job creation potential are ranked lower than those businesses which have more employment potential.

(3) The Mayor shall give priority to potential tenant businesses such as light industrial, research and development, and business services companies that are potential major contributors to job creation efforts in the District.

(b) To be an eligible tenant business for occupancy in a business incubator, a business shall be based and incorporated in the District, shall have its corporate headquarters and principal place of business located in the District, and shall not be a subsidiary of another business.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 4, 32 DCR 6334.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2233.


§ 2–1209.04. Admissions policy.

(a)(1) The Mayor shall establish admissions criteria for occupancy in a business incubator.

(2) Admissions criteria may include, but not be limited to, factors such as the age, size, and financial status of the business.

(b) The Mayor shall establish screening and application procedures which will apply to all prospective tenant businesses.

(c) Submission of a business plan may be required for admission, especially for new-start businesses.

(d) Any business selected for occupancy in a business incubator shall demonstrate a potential for success and an identified market for its goods or services.

(e) Any business selected for occupancy in a business incubator must contract with the District government to maintain its principal place of business within the District for a minimum of 10 years following its move from the business incubator.

(f) Each tenant business selected for occupancy in the business incubator shall be responsible for the cost of office renovations, maintenance, and, upon departure from the business incubator, for the cost of returning its incubator space to its original condition unless other arrangements are made in advance of departure with a new tenant business.

(g) The Mayor shall establish the minimum insurance requirements of any tenant business to insure against any future liability of the District government for the business operations of the tenant.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 5, 32 DCR 6334.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2234.


§ 2–1209.05. Services.

(a) Selected basic services shall be included in the rent for the business incubator; other services shall be paid for on an as-used basis.

(b) The only free services shall be those ordinarily available free of charge from participating providers.

(c) Services available elsewhere shall not be duplicated; all existing management support and services programs in the District, including financial services, shall be utilized.

(d) Both public and private resources may be made available to tenant businesses.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 6, 32 DCR 6334.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2235.


§ 2–1209.06. Mayor may contract for outside management.

The Mayor may contract with a for-profit or a nonprofit corporation or educational institution that can utilize its resources to provide management of the business incubator facility and its services, to provide business development assistance, and to coordinate financial assistance programs. The selection of a contractor for this purpose shall be subject to review by the Council’s Committee on Economic Development.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 7, 32 DCR 6334; Apr. 12, 2000, D.C. Law 13-91, § 126(a), 47 DCR 520.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2236.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 13-91 deleted the former second sentence, which read: “This contractor would implement the recommendations of the Advisory Board established in § 1-2241. 1981 Ed. ”, and in the second sentence, substituted “Economic Development” for “Housing and Economic Development (‘HED Committee’)”.


§ 2–1209.07. Priority to residents.

Priority shall be given to tenant businesses owned by persons who are residents of the District.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 8, 32 DCR 6334.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2237.


§ 2–1209.08. First source employment agreement required.

Tenant businesses chosen for occupancy in business incubators shall execute a first source employment agreement with the District government pursuant to § 2-219.03.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 9, 32 DCR 6334.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2238.


§ 2–1209.09. Maximum stay policy.

The Mayor shall devise a policy that encourages tenant businesses to leave the business incubators when a certain level of development is reached, but does not arbitrarily evict a tenant business at a crucial period in its development.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 10, 32 DCR 6334.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2239.


§ 2–1209.10. Location of business incubators.

The Mayor shall locate business incubators in areas in the District appropriate to the types of businesses targeted for occupancy, based on District-determined priorities, and shall seek sites which have the least prohibitive zoning in order to allow a range of uses.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 11, 32 DCR 6334.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2240.


§ 2–1209.11. Advisory Board established. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 12, 32 DCR 6334; Apr. 29, 1998, D.C. Law 12-86, § 401(a), 45 DCR 1172.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2241.


§ 2–1209.12. Duties of Advisory Board. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 13, 32 DCR 6334; Apr. 29, 1998, D.C. Law 12-86, § 401(a), 45 DCR 1172.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2242.


§ 2–1209.13. Rules. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 14, 32 DCR 6334; Apr. 29, 1998, D.C. Law 12-86, § 401(a), 45 DCR 1172.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2243.


§ 2–1209.14. Annual report.

The Office of Business and Economic Development shall annually prepare a report for the Committee on Economic Development which shall describe in detail the operations of each business incubator, including, but not limited to, a discussion of:

(1) The business operation of each tenant business;

(2) The impact of the product or service provided to the public and the job training opportunities of each tenant business to the economic development objectives of the city for which the tenant business was selected;

(3) The employment benefits and revenues to the District as a result of the establishment of the business incubator;

(4) The utilization of shared services;

(5) Any recurrent problems experienced in the management of the business incubator as well as the recommended corrective action;

(6) Any financial or technical assistance provided to a tenant business by the public or private sector;

(7) The establishment and implementation of business incubator policies, rules, and regulations; and

(8) Any legislative initiatives which would increase the productivity, viability, and economic benefits of business tenants or a business incubator facility.


(Dec. 12, 1985, D.C. Law 6-71, § 15, 32 DCR 6334; April 12, 2000, D.C. Law 13-91, § 126(b), 47 DCR 520.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2244.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 13-91, in the introductory paragraph, substituted “Committee on Economic Development” for “HED Committee”.