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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

To assist hospitality-related businesses in Delaware that have been economically impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Division of Small Business is launching the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP). The state will be making available no-interest loans of up to $10,000 per business per month to help the estimated 2,700 affected Delaware businesses in the hospitality industry […]


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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

The Delaware Department of Labor has made changes to the unemployment benefits program to assist hospitality industry employees affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. DOL will begin processing unemployment claims as they are received, with the goal of making benefits available within a week. DOL will permit hospitality employees to earn part-time income while collecting benefits […]


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Date Posted: Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Gov. John Carney formally requested an Economic Injury Declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration on Monday. According to the Delaware SBA, approval should come in the next day or so. In the meantime, you can prepare to apply, which will help to ensure you get assistance as quickly as possible. A good first step […]


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Date Posted: Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Online gift cards are one way small businesses can keep cash coming in as potential customers adjust their lives around the Coronavirus pandemic. Not only do online gift cards bring in revenue now, they also encourage buyers and recipients to come in to shop or dine later. That means a boost in foot traffic and […]


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Date Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2020

As organizations continue to announce cancellations and postponements of small business events in Delaware as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures and precautions, we’ll remove them from the Division’s events calendar and track of them here. If your organization is canceling or postponing a small business event, let us know by emailing us at business@delaware.gov. […]


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Date Posted: Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Delaware is working on requesting an Economic Injury Declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration. This will open up new loan options for small businesses in the state to help them better weather effects of the Coronavirus. Before that can happen, we need your help. Federal regulations require that we provide the SBA with information […]


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Date Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2020

The Division’s Delaware on Main team has been talking with coordinating offices across the country about Coronavirus recently, and shared these suggestions, from Main Street Arkansas and the National Main Street Center, on continuing to connect with customers: Retail businesses may want to enhance their online shopping experience to attract customers who may be less […]


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Date Posted: Thursday, March 12th, 2020

The news release below was sent out by the U.S. Small Business Administration on March 12, 2020. WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today in response to the President’s address to the nation: “The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses […]



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Date Posted: Monday, March 9th, 2020

As many as 5,200 businesses served by Delmarva Power may be eligible for lower rates for their electric service, an investigation by staffs at the Delaware Public Service Commission and Delaware Division of the Public Advocate found. More than 5,200 Delmarva commercial customers receiving Medium General Service (MGS) or Large General Service (LGS), may be […]


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Date Posted: Friday, March 6th, 2020

Delaware restaurants have a new way of attracting dog owners as customers, thanks to legislation signed into law this week by Governor John Carney. House Bill 275 allows owners of food establishments and beer gardens to allow leashed dogs on licensed outdoor patios. Gov. Carney signed the bill Tuesday at Woody’s in Dewey Beach. Click […]


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