COVID-19 Business Support Resources and Updates

COVID-19 is rapidly reshaping the business landscape throughout Delaware, the nation and the world. Conditions are changing on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour basis, and Delaware’s government, healthcare, business and nonprofit sectors are working around the clock to help contain COVID-19 and support Delawareans.

Throughout the pandemic, Delaware Prosperity Partnership remains open for business. Virtual meetings are being scheduled both to maintain momentum on future development and to assist with response and the eagerly awaited recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19.

Here are resources to assist you as we move forward.

Delaware COVID-19 Resources

NEW - COVID-19 Testing Locations in Delaware

NEW - Delaware Phase 2 Guidelines 

Delaware Division of Tourism Business Marketing Academy (Code: DiscoverDE)

Delaware Division of Small Business printable signs for reopening

Delaware Division of Small Business Customer Protection Standards

Creating a Comeback Plan for Your Restaurant: Preparing for a Strong Opening

Delaware's Reopening PHASE 1 Guidelines

ChristianaCare's COVID-19 Employee Symptom Monitoring and Virtual Care Program

Steps the self-employed and independent contractors should take to register for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits in Delaware

State of Delaware Official Coronavirus Website

The State of Delaware Resources for Business page may be accessed here.

Information about and an application for the Delaware Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP) are here.

Delaware has been approved for U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans. A fact sheet is here, and application details are here.

The Delaware Division of Small Business chart "Which loan program is right for my business?" is here.

Details about the Main Street Lending Program of the Federal Reserve, which will enhance support for small and mid-sized businesses by offering four-year loans to companies employing up to 10,000 workers or with revenues of less than $2.5 billion, are here.

The State of Delaware Essential and Non-Essential Businesses Spreadsheet is here.

The Delaware Division of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health "Coronavirus Business Briefing" is here.

Access the Delaware Division of Small Business website's COVID-19 page here.

FINANTA, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that serves all three counties in Delaware, is offering emergency loans of $5,000 to $15,000. Access FINANTA's website here.

The Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance's COVID-19 FAQs are available here.

Delaware Joblink, a service of the Delaware Department of Labor, is offering a special COVID-19 job-search portal here.

Details about the Delaware State Housing Authority's Renter Assistance Program are here and its Housing Assistance Program are here.

Information about the steps Delmarva Power is taking to support customers are here.

The Delaware Restaurant Association has formed the Restaurant Industry Emergency Action Trust to provide immediate funding to hospitality workers displaced by statewide shutdowns. Donate or apply for help here

Read about the list of products and services needed from suppliers to aid in combating the COVID-19 outbreak that is being developed by World Trade Center Delaware here.

The Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership's "Solutions for Manufacturing Companies, Healthcare & Service Providers and Government" page may be accessed here.

The Medical Society of Delaware brief "Delaware Unemployment Guidance During COVID-19" may be accessed here.

United Way of Delaware and Delaware Health and Human Services sponsors Delaware 2-1-1, a free, confidential referral and information site that connects people to essential financial, domestic, health and disaster-related resources. Access the website here and a brief on specific COVID-19 food, utilities and health assistance here.

The Delaware Division of Small Business has prepared a map showing businesses in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties that the public can patronize during the statewide COVID-19 stay-home order. To add your business to the map, email the business name and physical address to the Division.

Anchor Security Team is offering free phishing training throughout the COVID-19 outbreak to help protect the community, businesses and individuals from the skyrocketing number of phishing attacks that have occurred since the pandemic started.

A list of the eight free outside Wi-Fi hotspots being made available to those without in-home internet access by New Castle County, Verizon and Assurance Media is available here.

A list of the five free outside Wi-Fi hotspots being made available to those without in-home internet access in Wilmington thanks to WhyFly and the City of Wilmington is available here.

Tech Impact is offering free remote work training webinars on topics such as nonprofit communications, tech committees, donor management software and online survey tools and techniques. Details are here.

A list of Delaware Department of Education student nutrition sites is available here.

Philanthropy Delaware's page of links to funding programs and other resources for nonprofit organizations and creative and performing arts individuals and organizations is here.

The Women's Leadership Initiative of the University of Delaware's Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics is offering the free webinar series "Leadership in Times of Crisis." Details and registration are here.

Delaware Business News

Third Extension - Declaration of a State of Emergency -, June 6,2020

Businesses begin slow process of reopening - DelawareLive, June 4, 2020

Phase I: Most Delaware business can reopen with restrictions - 6ABC, June 1, 2020

Ready to roll: Delaware businesses begin Phase 1 opening - Delaware State News, May 31, 2020

New business will clean and sanitize your outdoor trash cans - WDEL, May 31, 2020

Phase 1: Retail gets green light with some restrictions, but not everyone will be opening at once - News Journal / DelawareOnline, May 29, 2020

As Delaware reopens, here's what's open and the rules - News Journal / DelawareOnline, May 28, 2020

Newark based biopharma institute gets $8.9 million coronavirus grant - Delaware Business Now, May 28, 2020

AstraZenaca receives $1B to advance COVID-19 vaccine - Delaware Business Times, May 27, 2020

NIIMBL gets $1M to lead expansion of COVID-19 testing, diagnostics - Delaware Business Times, May 26, 2020

Coronavirus update: Delaware hotels can reopen, outdoor gatherings up to 250 permitted - WHYY, May 26, 2020

Coronavirus update: Carney ready to reopen Delaware's economy gradually - WHYY, May 25, 2020

Applications now being taken for coronavirus contact tracing positions, Delaware Business Now, May 24, 2020

Wilmington teams up with local nonprofits to give free reusable face masks Saturday - News Journal / DelawareOnline, May 23, 2020

State launches COVID-19 education for beachgoers, Delaware Business Now, May 22, 2020

Boy Scouts partner with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on coronavirus victory gardens - Coastal Point, May 21, 2020

$67 million federal laboratory grant aims to improve Delaware's coronavirus response - Delaware Business Now, May 21, 2020

Bayhealth begins return to pre-COVID-19 operations - Milford Live, May 21, 2020

Delaware loosens coronavirus restrictions on retailers - NBC10, May 20, 2020

How coronavirus is hitting Delaware's farmers - News Journal / DelawareOnline, May 20, 2020

Wilmington mayor optimistic city can survive economic impact of coronavirus crisis - Delaware Public Media, May 19, 2020

Retailers in Delaware can open by appointment, in addition to curbside pickup, starting Wednesday - News Journal / DelawareOnline, May 19, 2020

Coronavirus update: Delaware issues Phase 1 reopening guidelines - WHYY, May 15, 2020

Dine in restaurant openings coming sooner rather than later - Delaware Business Now, May 13, 2020

Back to Basics offers free educational resources - Delaware Business Now, May 13, 2020

Gene-editing tech CRISPR could be used to test for coronavirus and find who is most at-risk - Delaware Public Media, May 13, 2020

University of Delaware's 'new normal' to look a lot different - WDEL, May 12, 2020

Coronavirus Delaware: Rehoboth Beach to reopen beach, boardwalk with limitations Friday - CBS3, May 12, 2020

Delaware to reopen farmers markets with new safety measures - The Newark Post, May 12, 2020

200 to be hired for Delaware coronavirus contact tracing program - Delaware Business Now, May 11, 2020

Delaware farmers markets to open under new COVID-19 protocols -, May 11, 2020

Delaware takes first steps toward reopening - Cape Gazette, May 8, 2020

Super-sanitized Delaware hair salon serves grateful customers - WHYY, May 8, 2020

Fully reopening dental offices is like pulling teeth - Delaware Business Times, May 8, 2020

Delaware Prosperity Partnership president optimistic about first step toward reopening - Delaware Public Media, May 7, 2020

Self-employed, independent contractors can file for unemployment this week - News Journal / DelawareOnline, May 7, 2020

Clock ticking for many businesses facing steep sales declines - Delaware Business Now, May 7, 2020

City of Wilmington to distribute masks to some residents - Delaware Public Media, May 6, 2020 uses crowdfunding to help small businesses, with a twist -, May 4, 2020

Labware rolling out test kit to address nationwide data collection gaps - Delaware Business Times, May 4, 2020

ACME Foundation donates $10K to Salvation Army COVID-19 relief efforts - The Dover Post, May 1, 2020 

Building it better together: Finding a job in Delaware - 6ABC, April 30, 2020

Dept. of Insurance helps Delawareans connect with COVID-19 auto breaks - Delaware Public Media, April 29, 2020

Amish families donate 3,000 hand-sewn masks to Nemours Hospital for Children - News Journal /, April 28, 2020

Delaware business owners face uncertainty about reopening - Associated Press, April 28, 2020

ILC Dover adding up to 50 people to meet soaring demand for respirator - Delaware Business Times, April 23, 2020

WhyFly is helping Wilmington provide free Wi-Fi hotspots for students -, April 22, 2020

Incyte approved to test Jafaki as COVID-19 treatment - Delaware Public Media, April 20, 2020

State's H.E.L.P. loan program raises annual sales ceiling for restaurants to $15 million - Delaware Business Now, April 16, 2020

Meet Delaware's voice for businesses in the Eastern governors COVID-19 task force -, April 14, 2020

There's $9M in funds available for Downtown Development District projects -, April 14, 2020

State announces plans for additional alternate care site - Coastal Point, April 14, 2020

How NASCAR tracks are helping during COVID-19 pandemic - Yahoo! News, April 14, 2020

Delaware to work with regional states on how to reopen in midst of coronavirus pandemic - News Journal /, April 14, 2020

Bayhealth on front lines of COVID-19 crisis - Milford Live, April 13, 2020

'The house is still on fire': Delaware joining regional task force to address reopening states post COVID-19 - WDEL, April 13, 2020

Delaware to work with group of Northeast states to plan reopening economy - Delaware Public Media, April 13, 2020

Businesses considering a move to Delaware can still look -- virtually -, April 13, 2020

Commentary: Energy grants can empower Delaware communities - Delaware State News, April 13, 2020

Governor Carney and five governors announce multi-state council to get people back to work and restore the economy -, April 13, 2020

Grants awarded from two community COVID-19 funds - Delaware Business Times, April 12, 2020

Wesley offers Easter food baskets to Bayhealth employees - Delaware State News, April 12, 2020

Stepping up in the COVID-19 war: CyberStreets, WSFS, Bloom Energy, Columbus Inn/Charcoal Pit - Delaware Business Now, April 12, 2020

Coronavirus Delaware: Disaster recovery company expands business operations to cleaning vehicles to fight COVID-19 - CBS 3 Philly, April 11, 2020

Business survey provides snapshot of layoffs, closures as COVID-19 shutdown bites harder - WDDE Delaware Public Media, April 10, 2020

Opinion: Craft-Brewed Hand Sanitizer – New York Times, April 8, 2020

Millions of dollars flow to Delaware medical research amid coronavirus pandemic - News Journal, April 4, 2020

Highmark Delaware commits $200,000 to Delaware COVID-19 initiative - Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, April 3, 2020

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation donating $200,000 to support communities during coronavirus response -, April 2, 2020

Demand will be higher than anticipated for biopharmaceutical manufacturing talent -, March 31, 2020

DRBA donates 4,000 N95 respirator masks and 2,000 pair nitrile disposable gloves in Delaware and New Jersey -, March 30, 2020

How I Work (from Home): Investment portfolio manager and futurist Jim Lee,, March 30, 2020

Supporting Delaware's Small Businesses through COVID-19 - First State Insights podcast, March 28, 2020

FMC donates 165,000 masks to Philadelphia-area hospitals - Philadelphia Business Journal, March 27, 2020

Brandywine High students using 3D printers to help meet need for mask in coronavirus fight, The News Journal, March 27, 2020

DuPont expediting production of hazmat suits for health care workers -, March 26, 2020

Gov. Carney announces request for assistance from vendors: State requests private-sector assistance to supply products and services to assist with COVID-19 response -, March 25, 2020

Keep calm ... and small business on - Delaware Business Times, March 24, 2020

The critical time is this week: Why we must follow Carney's order to stay home (Opinion) - The News Journal, March 23, 2020

Sharing critical supplies: UD donates gloves, masks and other personal protective equipment -, March 23, 2020

Can’t find hand sanitizer? Delaware distilleries might be here to help - Delaware Today, March 20, 2020

Del. farmers see growth amid pandemic - Delaware Business Times, March 19, 2020

Small business owners: Keep an eye out for possible coronavirus loan scams -, March 19, 2020

Del. Department of Labor adjusts unemployment rules for hospitality workers amid coronavirus outbreak -, March 18, 2020

How to set up online gift cards for your small business -, March 17, 2020

Google My Business tips to keep customers informed -, March 2020

Additional Help


U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans

U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Guide to the CARES Act

U.S. Department of Agriculture Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19

FDIC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Bankers and Customers

America's SBDC COVID-19 Small Business Resources

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus

U.S. Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements

International Economic Development Council COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Summary

Restaurant Opportunities Center United Relief

Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund

DoorDash COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program

United States Bartenders Guild Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CDC Foundation Emergency Relief Fund

U.S. Department of Transportation National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration CDL Waiver

American Trucking Associations COVID-19 Update Hub

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Page

U.S. Department of the Treasury Coronavirus Page

World Health Organization

National Science Foundation

SSTI (State Science and Technology Institute) Resources for Small Businesses Dealing with COVID-19

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