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Small Business

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The Encouraging Development, Growth & Expansion (EDGE) grants will match investments by qualified small businesses with three state dollars to every one spent by the business.

A national study ranks Delaware second in the nation in small-business friendliness.


Only Wyoming scored higher in the survey of business owners using the professional networking site Thumbtack.


Megan Pauly / Delaware Public Media

Thursday is Thanksgiving, which means Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are right around the corner.

A new initiative is aiming to attract - and measure - more shoppers to downtown Wilmington this weekend.

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Governor Jack Markell is stressing the need for Delaware small businesses to access global markets so they can expand and create jobs.

In his weekly message, the governor said programs like the Global Delaware Initiative and the State Trade and Export Promotion, or STEP, program will help entrepreneurs enter new markets.

These programs help with trade missions for businesses and provide matching funds to a company for marketing abroad.

About a hundred people, representing businesses and nonprofits, gathered in Rehoboth Beach earlier this week for a seminar on emergency preparedness.

Pop-up businesses open for the holidays in Delaware

Dec 2, 2015
Annie Ropeik/Delaware Public Media

The holidays mean another round of small businesses are popping up in various Delaware downtowns. They're part of a state program that chooses new start-ups to receive free rent in vacant properties each year.

For a fifth year, Downtown Milford Inc. is encouraging consumers to spend their holiday shopping dollars locally.

Part of a national movement, Small Business Saturday was developed in response to the mega market Black Friday and Cyber Monday days.

Earlier this month, Congress passed a resolution honoring Small Business Saturday.

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The Obama administration is embarking on selling a new international free trade agreement to workers, local industries and Congress. On Friday, it started in Delaware.


The First State’s senators hosted the U.S. trade representative at a New Castle small business to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Delaware small businesses looking to get a leg up on the international market have some new help coming from state and federal officials.

Wilmington wins SBA grant for start-ups

Aug 5, 2015
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The city of Wilmington Wednesday was selected as a winner in President Obama’s “Startup in a Day" competition.

Mayor Dennis Williams (D) announced that the city had been chosen as a winner by the U.S. Small Business Administration in the inaugural edition of initiative..