On this page, you'll find a list of resources for local business, federal agencies, independent research organizations (a.k.a. 'think tanks'), local government, technology companies, and the arts, all available for your investigation. A box is available in the left-hand column for you; if you find links or organizations you feel should belong here, please feel free to submit them using that box.
Washington, DC Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC is, like other chambers of commerce around the country, a group of local businesses that work together in their own best interest. The Chamber can advocate on its members' behalf and provide an opportunity for members to network and develop important partnerships.
This link leads to the full directory of DC Chamber members, a total of nearly 1,200 businesses and companies that are interested in working together locally and in support of the local business community and the clients they serve. This listing can be narrowed by category or by searching for the name of a specific business you're interested in.
One thing to remember about the local Chamber is that it's not necessarily composed solely of small businesses of the mom-n-pop variety; you will see large companies represented, like AFLAC. AFLAC, for example, has several smaller offices throughout the District, owned and run by individuals; those individuals are who choose to become members of the Chamber.
This is important to remember because when investigating careers in AFLAC's category (insurance), don't be afraid to investigate those offices as well; you're not necessarily signing up for a career with the parent company itself, but rather in that specific office, which can offer a unique experience all its own.
The Federal Government is very, very large. And Washington, DC is very much a government town; all major federal agencies are represented here in town, as well as many smaller administrations. As such, it is difficult to find a comprehensive listing of all federal agencies with offices in the DC area.
Here's one place to start:
This is The List. A little overwhelming? Yes. But it's manageable. Take a closer look; you'll see that some of the agencies listed are actually state agencies; all of the state governments are represented here, mostly as links to lists of their own departments and agencies. When you ignore all of those, the list becomes more reasonable.
Another way to narrow things down a little further is according to branch: legislative (both houses of Congress), judicial (Supreme Court), and executive (the President).
Think tanks represent a major Washington, DC industry. What the term really refers to is a non-profit organization that focuses primarily on research on public policy issues. Those think tanks may be unbiased, or they may explicitly favor one ideology over another, but the focus is always on research and offering statistical data from which to draw conclusions about public policy, politics, and society. Their work may be self-directed or be commissioned by corporations, Congress, agencies, departments, or administrations.
Columbia University offers an excellent overview, bibliography, and list of American think tanks, the vast majority of which have offices within the National Capital Region.
The government of the District of Columbia offers several resources for DC businesses.
Here is a comprehensive listing of resources for business in DC, including information on how to start your own, services for business, Business Improvement Districts, and and contracting.
The CTO's Office offers a great deal of information on local resources, including public institutions.
Job opportunities in DC government.
The National Capital Region is one of the country's fastest-growing areas of technological development. Numerous start-ups emerge every month, in addition to the mainstay titans, like Raytheon and Northrop-Grumman.
A search listing of start-ups in the Washington, DC, area looking for employees with full job descriptions.
As a librarian, I'm loath to use Wikipedia ... but it does offer a good listing of larger companies based in Washington, including the Carlyle Group, Gallup, and the Washington National Opera.
Search for City: Washington and State/Area: DC to see local member companies.
In addition to the government and technology, Washington, DC is a culturally vibrant town. Its dizzying array of museums, galleries, theaters, and public performances is hard to find anywhere else. Here are some resources for more information.
Part of DC.gov, this commission provides grants, education, professional opportunities, and other services to the local arts scene.
A forum hosted by a local organization that offers a comprehensive body of information on local art galleries, artists, studios, and museums.
Focusing primarily on music, dance, and other public performances, the WPAS supports local musicians and dancers and works to bring widely-recognized performers to the District.
Though technically the NEA is a public agency of the federal government, it is still a major player in the DC arts scene and offers many opportunities for employment, internships, or volunteer work.
The following list consists of several multicultural organizations in DC and surrounding areas that offer various programs and services. Each should have further resources available for more research.
Organization dedicated to providing programs for Asian-American youth in DC.
Nonprofit focused on promoting equal opportunity in areas that include housing and employment.
Nonprofit organization that provides programs for Latino youth in Montgomery County, MD.
Service organization that offers programs for immigrant youth in DC.
The local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Offers programs and services geared toward multicultural rapproachment and understanding, including multilingual interpretation and mediation services.