Welcome to Open Access DC! Open Access DC is , free “one stop shop” online portal for food entrepreneurs to find and utilize local resources with information about capital, permitting and licensing, and training programs that will help them plan, launch, and grow their businesses in the Washington D.C. area.
Open Access DC was originally developed by Food & Society at the Aspen Institute as part of its Open Access initiative, which aims to help food
entrepreneurs navigate through and over the many challenges to financing and business ownership. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and after an 18-month interview and scoping process, the team created the open-source web code available at no-cost to cities and other organizations to launch portals to help food entrepreneurs in their communities.