Small Business Coach & Liaison–Wards 7 and 8 DC

Position: Small Business Coach & Liaison–Wards 7 and 8 DC

FLSA Status: Exempt Position

Are you passionate about helping small businesses thrive in changing neighborhoods? Do you enjoy coming up with creative solutions for small businesses to grow and succeed? Do you want to make a difference in your local community?

Since 1991, the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) has helped thousands of small business owners in the Greater D.C. and Baltimore area realize the full business potential of their ideas. We do this by equipping them with the practical business advice and financial tools. Our mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low-to-moderate income Latinos and other underserved individuals by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities.

Position Overview:

LEDC’s Small Business team is seeking a motivated individual with a good understanding of business functions and strong communication skills. This individual will report to the Program Manager of Small Business Development and will play a key role in our Resilient Business Corridor project in Wards 7&8 in Washington, DC.

LEDC is looking for someone who can work with small business owners in the field to evaluate their business needs and connect them with experts. This idea candidate will be detail-oriented and able to track progress to meet goals.

This full-time role is located in our DC office.


  • Conduct outreach in targeted business corridors in Wards 7&8.
  • Assess small business clients to determine needs and long-term goals.
  • Recruit expert consultants to work with small business owners and manage consulting project deliverables.
  • Assist small businesses in accessing DC government incentives and assistance through programs including the DMPED Great Streets grant CBE certification offered by DSLBD.
  • Provide one-on-one advising to aspiring and existing small businesses to help improve their core business skills and navigate the licensing/registration process.
  • Capture client data through intake forms, maintain accurate client records and collaborate with Program Manager to meet program goals and benchmarks.
  • Plan and develop group trainings that provide small business owners with the tools and skills needed to be successful.
  • Work with other team members to develop and improve comprehensive training curriculums and presentations.
  • Conduct community outreach to build a client base of small business owners for one-on-one advising and group trainings.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 1 year of small business experience with an understanding of business functions such as licensing/registration, operations, financial management and marketing.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to build trust with small business clients.
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including minorities and immigrants.
  • Available to work evenings and weekends, as needed.
  • Strong desire to be a great teammate and an individual contributor.
  • Ability to multi-task, coordinate several projects simultaneously and prioritize deadlines.
  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration or related field.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience running a small business.
  • Experience using a CRM database.
  • Prior grant writing experience.


Salary and Benefits

  • Salary is negotiable depending on experience and qualifications.
  • LEDC offers competitive benefits, including a healthcare plan and 4 weeks of vacation per year.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Nicole Jansma, Program Manager of Small Business Development at

To learn more about LEDC, visit

LEDC is an equal opportunity employer; and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.