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

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Release Number: 
14-8
Contact: 
Jennifer Pilcher (302) 573-6294

WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, Alan Levin, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office ("DEDO"), and SBA Del. Director John Fleming seemed to bring the first breath of summer with them on April 14 as they led a tour of four small businesses in the beach town's boardwalk commercial district on a sun-drenched spring morning.  The tour marked 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.

 “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.”

Escorted by the Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, the tour group visited four businesses:

Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company

67 Rehoboth Avenue

Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

April was 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 discussed with the tour group how SBA-funded SBDC assistance and SBA-backed funding has allowed them to grow their landmark business and create jobs.

Modern Mixture Restaurant

62A Rehoboth Avenue

Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Owner Leo Cabrera guided a “behind-the-scenes” tour of his two-year-old restaurant and kitchen and discussed 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.

Mariachi Restaurant

14 Wilmington Ave.

Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Owner Yolanda Pineda guided a “behind the scenes” tour of her restaurant and kitchen and discussed 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.

Ambrosia Restaurant

19 Wilmington Ave.

Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Poised for Ambrosia’s grand opening in less than two weeks following the tour, owner Mike Meibaum guided a “behind-the-scenes” tour of his restaurant and kitchen and discussed finding financing and technical business advisement for a just-opening business like Ambrosia. Ambrosia is an Italian|American restaurant.

Joining U.S. Sen. Coons, SBA, and DEDO on the April 14 small business walking tour of Rehoboth Beach small businesses were representatives from SCORE, the Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware Tourism Office, and the City of Rehoboth Beach.

 

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