BDAG was founded in Arlington, Virginia in 1992 to assist recently arrived immigrants to start a business as their first entry to the American workforce. The goal was to maximize the entrepreneurship potential of these immigrants by providing them with economic opportunities and American business knowledge and tools, so they can quickly become self sufficient and contributing taxpayers within the county, state and nation.
In October 2002, as a joint partnership between the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board (NVWIB) and the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, BDAG opened the Center for Business Planning and Development (CBPD) at 6245 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia.
The goal of the Center was to be a hub of information, resource and technical assistance for current and future small businesses. The Center combines the latest technology in business research, business reference information, up-to-date business opportunities and on-site technical assistance under one roof. The Center encourages, especially those owned by language minorities, to participate in both economic and community activities, allowing them to integrate quickly and effectively into the economic mainstream.
BDAG was featured in the 2005 Spirit of Giving of the National Capital Community Foundation and was awarded many community and business service awards including “Friend of Small Businesses” by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce in 2003, the 2006 “Spirit of America Award” and 2009 “District Director Award” by the US Small Business Administration and the 2006 US Department of Labor “Champion of Compassion Award”.