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Division of Small Business Director Damian DeStefano speaks at Latino Summit 2018.
Date Posted: Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

The state of Delaware spent $314.3 million in the last fiscal year on contracts with small and diverse businesses, including those owned by women, minorities and veterans. The large spending figure — a 9.4 percent increase from FY 2017 — presents a huge opportunity for small businesses. That was a key takeaway from a panel […]

Read More Delaware ranks the top Newark startups.
Date Posted: Monday, October 29th, 2018 Delaware recently ranked the top 10 startups based in Newark. Given Newark is home to the University of Delaware, it’s no surprise that many of these have some connection to UD, whether they were started by students or alumni or nurtured at UD’s Horn Entrepreneurship program. Solar energy company SHIO and medical device maker […]

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Date Posted: Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Sometimes the hardest part about starting your own business is actually coming up with an idea for what that business should be. USA Today has 29 suggestions for you. There are possibilities for so many types of entrepreneur with a wide variety of skills, including: Online dating profile writer Personal chef IT specialist for seniors […]

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Family businesses tell their success stories.
Date Posted: Friday, October 19th, 2018

It’s not easy keeping a family business going for several generations, but four successful small business owners share how they do it at a program sponsored by the Delaware Small Business Development Center and Delaware Business Times. What: Family Business Series: Family Businesses Tell Their Stories When: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Nov. 14 Where: Hagley […]

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Rehoboth Beach Main Street offering grants for signs, awnings.
Date Posted: Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Thinking of adding a new sign to your business in downtown Rehoboth Beach? This might be the perfect time, as Rehoboth Beach Main Street is offering matching grants of up to $500 for buildings in the city’s downtown historic commercial district. The program covers the installation of new awnings and signs or repair or replacement of existing […]

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Delaware Innovation Week is Nov. 2-Npv. 10.
Date Posted: Thursday, October 18th, 2018

The 4th annual Delaware Innovation Week returns from Nov. 2-Nov. 10 with a full slate of events for a wide range of interests, including programs of interest to small business owners. The Business track is Nov. 8. Here are some of the activities that are scheduled: Delaware Bioscience Association networking breakfast at W.L. Gore & […]

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Register for Delaware Bio networking lunch.
Date Posted: Thursday, October 18th, 2018

What: Delaware Bioscience Association networking lunch When: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 30 Where: Delaware Bioscience Association’s Bio Dome, on the AstraZeneca campus, 2110 Concord Pike, Wilmington Why go: Meet Delaware’s life science entrepreneurs and check out Delaware Bio’s new Bio Dome building Cost: Free, but advance registration is required. Register online  

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Damian speaks at Developing Delaware conference.
Date Posted: Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Economic development officials and business leaders from across Delaware turned out Tuesday for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s “Developing Delaware” conference in Dover. The speakers included Delaware Division of Small Business Director Damian DeStefano, who discussed the role of the new Division and how it works with the new Delaware Prosperity Partnership. The conference also included […]

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Small businesses offer workplace flexibility, author says.
Date Posted: Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Seeking a job with some flexibility? Workers are more likely to find it at a small business rather than a large company, writes Kathryn Sollmann, a career coach and guest writer for Entrepreneur magazine’s website. Sollmann looked at a national survey of employers done for the Society of Human Resource Management and the Families at […]

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Date Posted: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

High tech companies headquartered in Delaware will have a new source of funding starting Nov. 1. That’s the date Delaware’s new Angel Investor Tax Credit goes into effect. The Delaware Division of Small Business administers the tax credit which is aimed at helping companies raise the capital they need to start and grow and enable more […]

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