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U.S. Sens. Coons, Carper Host Obama Cabinet Member to Spotlight Wilmington Small Biz & Entrepreneurship

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet’s Market Street Corridor Tour Spotlights SBA Resources to Start & Grow Small Businesses
Release Date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Release Number: 
Jennifer Pilcher (302) 573-6294, ext. 222 (o) (302) 494-0296 (c) | Alternate Contact: James Provo (302) 573-6294, ext. 227 |

WILMINGTON, DE – U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper will host Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Member of President Obama’s Cabinet, on a small business walking tour/owner meet-and-greet along downtown Wilmington’s Market Street commercial corridor on Tuesday, May 26, starting at 12:30 p.m. The tour highlights downtown Wilmington’s  entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the accessibility of SBA resources and how they can help small businesses start and grow. This event will be open to the press.

The business owners highlighted on this walking tour used SBA resources to start and grow the kind of small businesses that create jobs and inspire community-wide economic growth. Just as the spotlighted small businesses connected with SBA, entrepreneurs across Delaware and nationwide can easily access SBA’s practical, real-world business advisement and solutions. As its acronym suggests, SBA is committed to being ‘Smart, Bold and Accessible’ – an efficient and able resource positioning small businesses for success by providing them with financing, government contracting, and technical assistance when and how they need it. 

Following the walking tour, the Administrator will join a discussion with Delaware small business lenders.

WHAT: Small Business Walking Tour and Media Availability

U.S. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

Alan Levin, Director, Delaware Economic Development Office

John Fleming, U.S. SBA Delaware District Director


12:30 p.m.           La Fia
                              421 North Market Street
                              Wilmington, DE 19801

12:45 p.m.           Fulcrum
                              501 North Shipley Street
                              Wilmington, DE 19801

1:15 p.m.              Brew HaHa!                              
                               835 Market Street
                               Wilmington, DE 19801

1:40 p.m.              Entre Donovan
222 Delaware Avenue, Suite 105
                               Wilmington, DE 19801



For one-on-one interviews, contact Jennifer Pilcher (



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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, 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