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U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Del. State Officials and SBA Urge ‘Small Business Saturday’ Local Shopping Statewide, Announce ‘Byway Buck’ Shopping Voucher is Now “Mobile”

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16-3
Contact: 
Jennifer Pilcher | 302-573-6294, ext. 222 | jennifer.pilcher@sba.gov
Event Announced Special Holiday Shopping/Dining/Admissions Deals Along ‘Tubman Byway,’ & ‘Byway Buck’ Savings Vouchers Now Redeemable Directly from Mobile Devices

WILMINGTON, DE –Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper; U.S. Small Business Administration officials; State of Del. representatives; and local leaders conducted a press conference and small business walking tour in Olde New Castle, Del. The event urged local holiday and year-round shopping, marked the Olde New Castle debut of ‘Byway Bucks’ Program (a coupon voucher program offering special dining, shopping and admissions deals along Del.’s ‘Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway’), and announced that ‘Byway Bucks’ are now redeemable directly from mobile devices. The event was anchored by opening remarks on the steps of the newly-minted First State National Historic Park’s New Castle Courthouse Museum  –  site of the fugitive slave trials, the transcripts of which informed the layout of the ‘Tubman Byway’s’ route  –  and featured tours of some of the Colonial-era town’s most idyllic shops as they gear up for the holiday shopping season.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. They are job creators and innovators,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. “There are many bustling main streets in Delaware communities like New Castle and Dover, and I encourage Delawareans to seek them out not only this Saturday, but throughout the year. Shoppers are not only supporting their local business, they are sustaining jobs and their community.”

Following the event’s formal remarks, officials conducted a walking tour of three Olde New Castle, Del. businesses participating in the ‘Byway Buck’ Program: 2nd Act Antiques; Cobblestone Gifts; and Jessop’s Tavern & Colonial Restaurant.

At today’s event, the following New Castle businesses were announced as part of the ‘Byway Bucks’ Program:

  • 2nd Act Antiques
  • HedgeApple Antiques
  • Blue Heron Gallery
  • Jessop’s Tavern & Colonial Restaurant
  • Bridgewater Jewelers
  • The New Castle Historical Society & Arsenal Gift Shop at the First State National Historic Park
  • Caroline’s Restaurant
  • Penn’s Place & Traders Cove Coffee Shop
  • Cobblestone Gifts
  • Porto-Fino Pizza & Italian Restaurant
  • Fresh Faced Skin Care
  • Lisa M. Whitaker, CPA

“The ‘Byway Bucks’ Program invites Delawareans and tourists,alike, to discover Delaware’s ‘Tubman Byway’ – a unique roadway route bringing history to life and marking today’s Byway communities as accessible, fascinating and fun travel destinations,” said John Fleming, U.S. SBA Delaware District Director. “‘Tubman Byway’ travelers can follow the ‘Tubman Byway’s’ route to re-trace Harriet Tubman’s perilous Civil-War-era journey through the First State, ferrying fugitive slaves to freedom in the North. And, now, thanks to the ‘Byway Bucks’ Program, the ‘Tubman Byway maps out a whole new journey along its route – a discounted shopping, dining and leisure trail cutting through the heart of some of Delaware’s most character-filled towns. What better time to experience the ‘Tubman Byway’ – taking advantage of discounts at the shopping and dining outlets that it offers – than the holiday season?”

Participating in today’s event along with Sen. Carper were: John Fleming, SBA Delaware Director; John Banks, SBA Deputy Delaware Director; Nicole Majeski, Delaware Deputy Secretary of Transportation; New Castle Mayor Donald A. Reese; New Castle City Council President Linda Ratchford; Ron Rucker, Chairman, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway Management Organization; and Travis Smith, ‘SouthBridge Connects’ Commercial District Affiliate Representative.

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: http://www.TubmanBywayDelaware.org or log onto the Delaware Byway Channel on the mobile app TagWhat.

For more information on Small Business Saturday® visit https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-initiatives/small-business-saturday?hb%C2%A0=

OF NOTE:      For one-on-one interviews, contact Jennifer Pilcher (Jennifer.pilcher@sba.gov).

John Banks, SBA Delaware Director, addresses standing-room-only crowd at New Castle Courthouse Museum press conference.  2nd Act Antiques; Cobblestone Gifts; and Jessop’s Tavern & Colonial Restaurant. SBA officials and New Castle City Council President Linda Ratchford present Justin Day (second from left), Manager of Jessop’s Tavern & Colonial Restaurant, with a ‘Byway Bucks’ storefront seal to publically mark Jessop’s as a business that redeems ‘Byway Bucks.’
John Banks, SBA Delaware Director, addresses standing-room-only crowd at New Castle Courthouse Museum press conference. U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D.-Del.)(center) joins New Castle, Del., City Council President Linda Ratchford (left) and SBA Delaware Director John Fleming (right) for a walking tour of three New Castle, Del., businesses accepting Byway Bucks: 2nd Act Antiques; Cobblestone Gifts; and Jessop’s Tavern & Colonial Restaurant. SBA officials and New Castle City Council President Linda Ratchford present Justin Day (second from left), Manager of Jessop’s Tavern & Colonial Restaurant, with a ‘Byway Bucks’ storefront seal to publically mark Jessop’s as a business that redeems ‘Byway Bucks.’

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