Keeping Delaware Safe: 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

The State of Delaware Official Coronavirus Website may be accessed here.

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. Learn more and apply here.

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

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.

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.

Delaware Business News

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

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

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)

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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