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U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, DEDO Director Alan Levin, & SBA Marking Beach Season’s Start with Rehoboth Small Business Walking Tour

Advisory Date: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Advisory Number: 
14-8
Contact: 
Jennifer Pilcher | 302-573-6294, ext. 222 | jennifer.pilcher@sba.gov

Boardwalk-Area Commercial District Tour Spotlights SBA Resources to Start and Grow Small Businesses WILMINGTON, DE – U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, Alan Levin, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office (“DEDO”), and SBA Delaware Director John Fleming will conduct a small business walking tour/small business owner meet-and-greet in the boardwalk-area commercial district in Rehoboth Beach on Monday, April 14, 2014, starting at 10:00 a.m. The tour marks the unofficial start of beach season in the First State – the Easter Holiday – while spotlighting SBA resources that can help small businesses start and grow. This event will be open to the press. “It has been a long, harsh winter here in Delaware,” said Fleming. “Now, the public’s thoughts are turning to warmer weather. What better way to kick off the new season than with a beachside ‘boots-on-the-ground’ push to connect Delaware entrepreneurs with SBA help to start and grow their businesses? My mission is to make SBA help – and how to get it – common knowledge in Delaware, and that starts with bringing the SBA directly to entrepreneurs in the communities where they live and work.”

WHO: U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)
Alan Levin, Director, Delaware Economic Development Office
John Fleming, SBA Delaware District Director
Bill Pfaff, Sussex County Small Business Development Center(“SBDC”) Director
Bill Hinz, Delaware SCORE Mentor
WHAT, WHEN & WHERE : 10:00 a.m. Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company 67 Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Tour and media availability. April is National Kite Month, making this successful retail operation launched with SBA assistance a great place to start the tour. Rehoboth Toy & Kite Co. opened as a single-location Rehoboth Boardwalk store on Memorial Day 1993. Today, 20 seasons later, the business has grown from a single 1500 sq. ft. store with a staff of three employees to two locations totaling over 5,000 sq. ft. and a staff of over 20 salespeople, toy demonstrators and kite fliers. Owners Bee Linzey and Rachel Webster will discuss how SBA-funded SBDC assistance and SBA-backed funding has allowed them to grow their landmark business and create jobs.

10:30 a.m. Modern Mixture Restaurant 62A Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Tour and media availability. Owner Leo Cabrera will guide a “behind-the-scenes” tour of his two-year-old restaurant and kitchen and discuss finding financing and technical business advisement for a new business like Modern Mixture. Modern Mixture’s Latin|Mediterranean| American|Fusion menu provides an alternative to boardwalk-style fast food.

11:00 a.m. Mariachi Restaurant 14 Wilmington Ave. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Tour and media availability. Owner Yolanda Pineda will guide a “behind the scenes” tour of her restaurant and kitchen and discuss using SBA financing to grow her going business by purchasing the building in which it is located. Mariachi is a Spanish|Mexican|Latin Cuisine restaurant opened in Rehoboth in 2006.

11:30 a.m. Ambrosia Restaurant 19 Wilmington Ave. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Tour and media availability. Poised for Ambrosia’s grand opening in less than two weeks, owner Mike Meibaum will guide a “behind-the-scenes” tour of his restaurant and kitchen and discuss finding financing and technical business advisement for a just-opening business like Ambrosia. Ambrosia is an Italian|American restaurant.
OF NOTE: For one-on-one interviews, contact Jennifer Pilcher (Jennifer.pilcher@sba.gov).

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