In January 2011, the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce began a new program for local businesses called Kent County is Open for Business. This program offers free business development sessions to those interested in starting or expanding their business.
On the first Thursday of every month, Kent County Levy Court hosts multiple agencies to help small business cut through the red tape. To date there have been more than 250 attendees, with 13 businesses that have worked from the ground up to open their business with huge credit being given to this program.
Since its beginning more than two years ago, KeKent County Is Open for Business has now expanded throughout Delaware. As of this year, each of the three counties in Delaware now hosts their own monthly Open for Business sessions. Attendees can speak with representatives from 14 agencies including, Delaware Economic Development Office, U.S. Small Business Association, and SCORE Delaware.
Open for Business is the one-stop-shop for introduction to all of the services and programs available to business people. For Kent County call 302-734-7513; Sussex Country, 302-855-7770; and New Castle County, 302-737-4343.