By Andrea Wojcik, Director of Communications, Delaware Division of Small Business

It’s important to see businesses supporting each other. Collaboration and mutual support among them create a positive domino effect that fosters growth, innovation and sustainability. 

Similarly, the Division of Small Business (DSB), a state agency within Delaware’s Department of State, is also a resource for small business owners. The DSB is committed to supporting their development and success by helping them start and grow. 

Here are some of the ways DSB can support your small business. All services are free.

1. Business Support – Our regional business managers are the front-line staff working directly with business owners. The managers provide owners with someone they can direct all of their business-related questions to. If they don’t know the answer, they can connect you with the right person who can. Our dedicated team is amazing at meeting you where you are and remaining connected to you throughout the life of your small business journey.

There is one business manager each for Kent and Sussex counties, and two for New Castle County – one for the southern half, and another for the northern half and city of Wilmington. Find yours at

2. Resource Access – Don’t know where to start? We can help. Don’t know what permits you need or having trouble getting them signed off? We can help. Need a business plan or business license? Sadly, we don’t do everything. But we have nearly 100 resource partners that can help too. 

We also provide information on funding opportunities, assistance programs and training webinars to help you navigate the complexities of starting and growing a business. Sign up for our weekly newsletter online at to receive regular updates. 

3. Financial Assistance Programs – We know that access to funding is one of the biggest needs for small business owners, especially start-ups. DSB operates, or is involved with, several funding initiatives of which small business owners can take advantage. These programs include the EDGE competition which is DSB’s flagship funding program, workforce training grants, and grants to help applied technology businesses fill a funding gap between federal programs. 

Visit to learn more about these and other programs. 

4. Certification and Contracting Opportunities – DSB also oversees the State’s Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) and the Delaware Tourism Office. Through OSD, DSB assists women, minority, veteran or individuals with disabilities-owned businesses with obtaining certifications that enhance their eligibility for government contracting opportunities. Learn more at


The Division of Small Business is pleased to be a key resource for small business owners by providing a comprehensive suite of programs and services. We enjoy empowering small businesses to overcome challenges, seize opportunities and contribute to the overall prosperity of the state.

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