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The Small Business Administration is tweaking its Paycheck Protection Program to better help the smallest businesses.

The SBA is taking steps to promote equitable relief, by focusing on those with low and moderate-incomes, and in rural, urban and other underserved areas.



City of Rehoboth Beach

Barriers return to Rehoboth Beach this summer to bring al fresco dining back to the town’s main street.

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COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to trend down and the state is trying to ramp up vaccine distribution – that combined with loosening pandemic restrictions on businesses, restaurants and indoor gatherings offers hope that there is a light at the end of the COVID tunnel.

And that hope seems to be reflected in summer beach rentals.

Contributor Eileen Dallabrida offers a look at the vacation rental market in her latest piece available at  And she joined me earlier this week to talk about what she learned about how things are shaping up for those looking to get away after a year of largely hunkering down.

The Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP) is extending the entry deadline for the Startup302 Funding Competition.

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COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are trending down in Delaware and Gov. Carney recently loosened restrictions on businesses, restaurants and indoor gatherings, allowing up to 50 percent of capacity.

But plenty of work remains to rebuild many sectors of the state’s economy shattered by the pandemic.

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Business Roundtable are weighing in on how they believe the state should put the pieces back together.

Contributor Jon Hurdle looks at their recommendations and the state’s response.

Delaware has launched a pilot program to expand availability of ready-to-go laboratory space statewide.

Residents and businesses in the City of Newark will get the option to purchase 100 percent renewable energy later this year. 

More manufacturing jobs are coming to New Castle County.

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A Rehoboth Beach boardwalk landmark closed January 31 when its lease expired.

But Dolle’s Candyland is moving just steps away - and a well-known name is taking over the old property:



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Unemployment is up slightly in Delaware for the first time in a while.

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ILC Dover moved part of its operation to the University of Delaware's STAR Campus in Newark. 

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A second round of PPP loans become widely available to Delaware businesses this week.


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Delaware has spent nearly a decade trying to get its aquaculture industry off the ground, but optimism remains that it will take off.

Contributor Jon Hurdle updates where the industry is now and where it’s headed.

There is a new app on the market, connecting chicken litter suppliers and customers in Delaware.


Delaware State Chamber of Commerce

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce awards retired Major General Frank Vavala its Josiah Marvel Cup Award.


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There’s a new state-of-the-art training facility in Kent County.


Chesapeake Utilities’ “Safety Town” is something the company wanted to get off the ground for some time.


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The list of those eligible for assistance related to Tropical Storm Isaias last summer is expanding. 

Underrepresented founders of early stage, tech-enabled companies are the focus of a revamped funding competition.

The state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Green Energy Fund is increasing solar rebate amounts on January 1st and adding a new category for diverse businesses.

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The new coronavirus relief bill signed by President Trump will extend benefits for thousands of Delawareans claiming unemployment during the pandemic.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) is sending out early Christmas presents.


The Co-Op’s president and CEO Bill Andrew says some member-owners are seeing a bill credit or check from the utility this month.

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Delaware has seen an uptick in unemployment claims since Gov. John Carney lowered dining capacity and put into effect a curfew for Delaware restaurants. 

Tree growers in Delaware say their Christmas tree sales are shaping up pretty well this year.

Wilmington Brew Works

Wilmington Brew Works is coming out with a new beer to commemorate the first president of the United States ever to be elected from the state of Delaware.

In this week’s Enlighten Me - Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino speaks with John Fusco, the Vice President and Creative and Brand Marketer at Wilmington Brew Works about the new  IPA and the adjustments the brewery has made during the pandemic.

Connectinos CSP

Connections CSP has seen the biggest payday in Delaware from the federal Payroll Protection Program (PPP). But the state’s largest nonprofit says it’s still in the red because of the pandemic.

Crimson Clover Cover Crop

Sussex County farmers can apply for over $1.1 millions in funding from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to plant cover crops.

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Weekly unemployment claims continue to hold steady in the Delaware.

The state Office of Unemployment counted 1,634 claims for the week of November 21 for a total payout of more than $8.1 million.

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Gov. John Carney’s latest round of COVID restrictions could spell the end for many locally owned restaurants in the First State.

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At least regionally it seems people are taking heed of pleas from government and health officials to stay home this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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The unemployment rate continues to drop nationally and in Delaware, according to the state Department of Labor.

The First State’s unemployment rate peaked at just under 16 percent in May and has since been on a rapid decline.