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New Delaware Business Program to Offer Free Business Resources

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Release Number: 
Advisory Number: 
Jennifer Pilcher (302) 573-6294, ext. 244 or Ellyn Herbert (302) 573-6294, ext. 228

Event Brings Business Organizations Together to Start, Grow Small Business

Wilmington, Del. – Small business owners and entrepreneurs in New Castle County can jump start their business goals by connecting with business mentors and resources at a free event hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration Delaware District Office, the Delaware Economic Development Office, and the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce on April 25 at the New Castle County Chamber.

The inaugural event, called “Open for Business,” will kick-off a series of monthly events to be held on the fourth Thursday of every month at locations across New Castle County.  Small business owners and entrepreneurs who participate will be able to find resources to help them at every stage of business development, from start-up to going concern. These events are open to the media.


WHO:     U.S. Small Business Administration

               Delaware Economic Development Office

                New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

WHAT:     New Castle County ‘Open for Business’ Event

WHEN:     Fourth Thursday of every month                      9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

                 Inaugural Event - Thursday, April 25, 2013       9 a.m. – 11 a.m.


WHERE:   April 25, 2013                                                

                  New Castle County Chamber                     

                  12 Penns Way                                              

                  New Castle, Delaware 19720                        


                  May 23, 2013       

                  New Castle County Chamber             

                  12 Penns Way             

                  New Castle, Delaware 19720                                                  


                  June 28, 2013                                                                                    

                  Embassy Suites Newark-Wilmington/South              

                  654 S. College Avenue

                  Newark, DE 19713    


                        ***Future monthly event locations to be determined                                     

The ‘Open for Business’ program began in 2011 in Kent County, Delaware with events held on the first Thursday of each month. In 2012, program launched in Sussex County, Delaware with events held on the third Thursday of each month.

To request an interview or photographs, please contact Jennifer Pilcher, the SBA’s Public Information Officer in the Philadelphia District Office, at 610-382-3084 or


This press release does not constitute or imply an endorsement by SBA of any opinions, products or services of any private individual or entity.

All of SBA’s programs and services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. 

The SBA is an independent federal agency, created in 1953, to assist small businesses start, grow, and prosper.  The SBA provides financial assistance by: (1) making loans to help families and businesses recover from national disasters and (2) providing loan guarantees to commercial financial institutions for working capital (7a loans), buildings/land/equipment (504 loans through the Certified Development Corporations), and for exports.  Through our resource partners, the SBA also offers a variety of business development programs and services such as training, government contracting and export assistance.   SBA resource partners include Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Businesses).  For information on the SBA’s programs and services contact us at 302-573-6294 or