Sussex County's Open for Business, a free business development session for startup and existing businesses, will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 21, at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, 21911 Rudder Lane at Delaware Coastal Airport, Georgetown.
Sponsored by the Sussex County Economic Development Action Committee Inc., Sussex County's Open for Business is held the third Thursday of each month except December. It offers free, one-stop access to an array of organizations, agencies and resource partners that assist small businesses in funding, business consulting and training in Sussex County.
"Whether you're a startup or established business looking for assistance in writing a business plan, marketing, business continuity planning or working with financial institutions, you can find it at Sussex County's Open for Business," said Scott Thomas, executive director of Southern Delaware Tourism, one of the Open for Business service providers.
Launched in 2010, Sussex County's Open for Business has fostered support and growth for startups and well-established businesses representing a broad spectrum of sectors in the county including manufacturing, construction, retail, restaurants and services.
Ken Norman, owner of Floral Inspirations in Lewes, is a past attendee of Sussex County's Open for Business. He said, "Open for Business introduced me to local representatives from SCORE Delaware. SCORE and its mentors were instrumental in guiding me with confidence to the opening of my new business. From negotiating the lease to financing for the renovation and everything in between, they were there for me every step of the way."
Organizations that will be on hand June 21 include the Delaware Small Business Development Center; Sussex County Economic Development Office; The Center for Enterprise Development; Delaware State University; Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership; Delaware Procurement Technical Assistance Center; Delaware Technical Community College’s Entrepreneur Center; SCORE Delaware; Southern Delaware Tourism; U.S. Small Business Administration; Delaware Office of Supplier Diversity; Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Delaware Department of Transportation; U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Delaware State Housing Authority.