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U.S. Rep.-Elect Lisa Blunt-Rochester, Wilmington, Del. Mayor-Elect Mike Purzycki, Del. State Officials & SBA Urge ‘Small Biz Saturday’ Shopping, Announce Efforts Promoting Del. Travel and Small Biz Growth

Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Advisory Number: 
Jennifer Pilcher (302) 573-6294, ext. 222 (o) (302) 494-0296 (c)
Small Biz Growth Efforts Along Del.’s ‘Harriet Tubman Byway’ Amp up as City Small Biz’s Now Redeem ‘Byway Buck’ Voucher for Shopping/Dining/Travel Discounts, Byway Driving Tour Guide Adds Del. ‘Tubman Byway’ Sites, & Social Media Tag #DelawareBywayBucks D

WILMINGTON, DE – U.S. Rep.-Elect Lisa Blunt-Rochester (D.Del.); Wilmington. Del., Mayor-Elect Mike Purzycki; U.S. Small Business Administration officials; State of Del. representatives; and local leaders will conduct a Monday, Nov. 21, special announcement and small business walking tour along downtown Wilmington’s Lower Market Street commercial corridor starting at 10:00 a.m. The event urges shopping small business for the holidays and year-round and announces new economic development efforts aimed at increasing travel and small business patronization along Del.’s ‘Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.’  Slated for announcement at the event are:

  • the expansion of the statewide Del. Byway Bucks Program to include downtown Wilmington small businesses that, through the Program, redeem ‘Byway Buck’ coupon-style vouchers for special offers on shopping, dining, and attractions;
  • the addition Delaware Underground Railroad-related landmarks and attractions to the ‘Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway’ Driving Tour Guide Book, inviting increased tourism along Del.’s stretch of the Byway and, in turn, increased small business patronization along the Byway route; and
  • the debut of the Del. Byway Bucks Program’s social media tag #DelawareBywayBucks, aimed at increasing the social medial profiles of the Program and its participants.

The event will be anchored by opening remarks at Wilmington’s newly-minted Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, one of the sites to be included in the Byway Driving Tour Guide, and features a walking tour of some of the Market Street businesses now offering ‘Byway Buck’ discounts as they gear up for the holiday shopping season.


  • Wilmington, Del. Mayor-Elect Mike Purzycki
  • Del. Congressional delegation representatives
  • John Fleming, SBA Delaware Director
  • John Banks, SBA Delaware Deputy District Director
  • Michael Hahn, Delaware Department of Transportation Byways Coordinator
  • Downtown Visions representatives
  • Denita Thomas, Del. Small Business Development Center
  • Ron Rucker, Chairman, Harriet Tubman Byway Management Organization



10:00 a.m. nbsp;    Event Kick-off

Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage
505 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Opening remarks and media availability. Opened in September 2016, the Center collects, preserves, researches and presents for public enrichment the history and heritage of Del.’s African Americans.  

Byway Buck Offer: 50% off admission to Read House, the Delaware History Museum and the Jane & Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, not to be combined with other offers. 


10:30 a.m.      Cherne Altovise

10:45 a.m.      316 N. Market Street

Wilmington, Del. 19801

This charming jewelry boutique offers creativity, functional jewelry at an affordable price.

Byway Buck Offer: 20% off total purchase. Not to be combined with other offers or sales.


11:00 a.m. –     LOMA Coffee

11:15 a.m.       239 N. Market StreetWilmington, Del. 19801

This vibrant community coffee shop in the heart of downtown Wilmington offers holiday shoppers gift choices like ceramics, travel mugs, and t-shirts, as well as a chance to take a well-earned break from the holiday hustle-and-bustle with seasonal seasonal beverages pumpkin spice, gingerbread, peppermint mocha lattes and more.

Byway Buck Offer: 10% off total purchase. Not to be combined with other offers or sales.


11:30 a.m.-      Al’s Sporting Goods

12:00 Noon    200 N. Market Street

Wilmington, Del. 19801

In 1935, Al's opened its doors as a small family business located in downtown Wilmington. Almost 80 years later, Al's has passed through multiple generations and grown into a sporting goods business with something for everyone. Al’s used SBA financing to purchase its building. 

Byway Buck Offer: $10 off of $60 spent, $20 off of $110 spent. Not to be combined with other offers or sales.


To plan a trip along Delaware’s ‘Tubman Byway,’ get spendable ‘Byway Bucks,’ and for a listing of ‘Byway Buck’ shopping and dining discounts and special admissions, visit: the Delaware Bway Bucks Facebook page or


OF NOTE:      For one-on-one interviews, contact Jennifer Pilcher (



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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

Delaware’s Byways are transportation routes adjacent to or traveling through an area with particular scenic, historic, natural, cultural, recreational or archeological qualities. It is a road corridor that offers an alternative travel route to Delaware’s major highways, while telling a story about Delaware’s heritage, recreational activities or beauty. In total, Delaware has six designated byways: The Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway; the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway; the Delaware Bayshore Byway; the Red Clay Valley Byway; the Nanticoke Heritage Byway; and the Lewes Scenic and Historic Byway.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway (HTURB) was designated in 2009 and became a full-fledged byway in 2012. It is nearly 100 miles long, includes Kent and New Castle Counties, and begins where the Maryland byway of the same name ends, at Sandtown, Del. The HTURB includes sites of importance in the stories of Harriet Tubman and other freedom seekers, as well as abolitionists who assisted them. The HTURB is administered by the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware and was made possible by support from the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, The City of Wilmington, the University of Delaware, Delaware Byways and many volunteers.