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SBA Urges Local Shopping for Valentine’s Day

SBA Officials Join Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce for Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting at Dover’s Aurora Academy of Hair Design, Spotlight Local Holiday Shopping Opportunities
Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Release Number: 
Jennifer Pilcher (302) 573-6294 (o) | 302-494-0296 (m) |
WILMINGTON, DEL. –Today, U.S. Small Business Administration officials joined the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, First State Community Loan Fund, and local small business leaders for a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Aurora Academy of Hair Design in Dover, Del. For their part, SBA officials celebrated Aurora’s launch – financed through First State Community Loan Fund with SBA’s 7(a) lending program – and urged local shopping for Valentine’s Day at Delaware small businesses.  SBA’s ‘Be Sweet on Small Business’ Valentine’s Day Holiday campaign encourages shopping at small businesses for Valentine’s Day related purchases.
“SBA is proud to support small business start-ups and growth through our financing, government contracting, and business counseling programs and services,” said John Fleming, SBA Delaware Director.  “Small businesses are not only the ‘backbone of our economy,’ but the character and vibrancy that they bring to our Main Streets are a big part of what makes ‘home’ ‘home.’ That is why it is so important to support our neighborhood small businesses by shopping local small businesses for holiday beauty preparations and items like flowers, gifts, dining, and gift cards.” 

February 10, 2016 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrates Aurora Academy of Hair Design’s Grand Opening.


Aurora Academy of Hair Design is a cosmetology, master barbering and nail technology school.

The SBA’s 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program is the SBA’s primary financial assistance instrument. It provides loan guaranties on business loans, giving lenders the confidence to provide qualifying entrepreneurs secure financing on reasonable terms. The program operates through private-sector lenders who provide loans.

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SBA Delaware Director John Fleming meets with Aurora Academy Owner.


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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,

SBA and First State Community Loan Fund representatives congratulate Aurora Academy of Hair Design owner Michelle Aurora on the opening of the business.

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