Small Business Development Centers Day slated March 15

March 8, 2023

National Small Business Development Centers Day is Wednesday, March 15. The collective, nationwide observance proclaims the success and impact America’s small business development centers have across the nation on economic development and the small business community.

With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed in every U.S. state and territory. Nationwide, SBDCs helped generate 85,094 jobs, $10.1 billion in sales growth, and $7.7 billion in capital investments, and helped start 14,487 new businesses, proving that SBDCs are leaders in job creation and economic growth.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Delaware Small Business Development Center has made a significant impact in helping businesses start, grow and succeed by providing training programs and no-cost, one-one-one professional business consulting. Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of Delaware, the SBDC’s work has resulted in more than 1,600 new business starts since its inception, more than 5,000 jobs, and over $500 million in capital since 2010. More than 21,000 businesses have received Delaware SBDC consulting services.

The Delaware SBDC is accredited as a technology-designated program to support entrepreneurs building tech-based companies. The Delaware SBDC has also received national recognition for its groundbreaking work in cybersecurity. The Department of Homeland Security named the Delaware SBDC’s Small Business Cybersecurity program as a national best practice. Delaware SBDC also has one of SBA’s Community Navigator programs, which targets outreach for small businesses in underserved communities.

Today, the Delaware SBDC’s small but mighty team continues to provide top-rated support in: business start-up/expansion, business finance/loan packaging, market/industry research, e-commerce/social media, technology commercialization and funding, rural business development, veterans training and cybersecurity.

Small businesses, partners, and advocates are invited to help spread the word about SBDC Day using the hashtag #SBDCDay and the anniversary hashtag #DESBDCcelebrates40. On March 15, participants are encouraged to share how their local SBDC has created a difference in their lives and communities. SBDCs nationwide will collectively share, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDCs collectively have on the small business community at large. This special day will also be celebrated through public relations initiatives, campaigns, and online and in-person events.

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