Finding A Larger Purpose:
Revitalizing The Capital's Ward 8
Dinesh Sharma founded Washington Business Group
in 1999 out of a sense of pride for his local city. He was inspired by big companies that had an outsized impact on their local community, like Boeing in Seattle, and felt that Washington, D.C., the most powerful city in the U.S., did not have a similar example of a corporation “born and raised” in the city. So he decided to be that business, and named the company after the city.
Washington Business Group, or WBG, provides construction management, real estate development, and project support services. Originally, Dinesh, in his words, “was all about business, money, power, and gold.” He secured a location for WBG a block and a half away from the White House and focused WBG’s efforts on government contracts. Over time, however, Dinesh began to feel like his business needed a larger purpose. Around 2004, he visited Ward 8. As he explained, “D.C. has a total of 8 wards, and Ward 8 was the largest and most deprived ward, with the highest poverty and highest unemployment – about 35% unemployment.” In 2007, he decided to move his business there.