Delaware Startup Resources

Activate Fellowship

2600 Tenth Street
Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94710

Activate transforms scientists and engineers into founders, empowering them to reinvent the world by bringing their research to market. The two-year Activate Fellowship provides early-stage science entrepreneurs with funding, technical resources, and unparalleled support from a network of scientists, engineers, investors, commercial partners, and fellow entrepreneurs.

AEO Works

1310 L Street NW
Suite 830
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 650-5580

AEO is the leading voice of innovation for microbusiness and microfinance. We create economic opportunity for underserved entrepreneurs throughout the United States. We engineer transformational change through Research, Incubation, Convening & Advocacy to foster a robust and inclusive marketplace.

Biz Plan

1322 Manning Parkway
Columbus, OH 43065
(800) 799-6998

We help startups launch. We provide education and tools to walk aspiring Founders through the entire startup process: including education, business planning, mentorship, customer acquisition, funding, and staffing.


44 West Broadway
Suite 500
Eugene, OR 97401
(800) 229-7526

Bplans contains the largest single online collection of free sample business plans. In addition, it has helpful tools and guides to help you manage your business better. Bplans includes practical advice on planning, interactive tools and calculators, and publishes daily advice that will help you grow your business.

Bplans is owned and operated by Palo Alto Software, Inc. as a free resource to help entrepreneurs build better businesses. Palo Alto Software develops, publishes, and markets award-winning software to help entrepreneurs write business plans, pitch for funding, and track their progress towards their goals. You can learn more about the Palo Alto Software team at

Finally, Bplans is also the home to Tim Berry’s blog. Tim is the founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software and is passionate about bringing good business planning processes to businesses large and small. Tim focuses on creating planning processes that optimize for management and accountability.

Business First Steps

4425 N. Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801

Business First Steps is a portal to important business licensing and registration information in the State of Delaware. This site was created by the State of Delaware for people seeking to start their own businesses, and for those looking to expand their business in Delaware.

This site is not a complete listing, so please contact appropriate State Agencies directly to find out if you need to fulfill additional requirements.

This site links to County, City, and Town information on business licensing, because local governments have their own business licensing and permitting requirements that are separate from State requirements. We recommend that you call the County, City, or Town in which you plan to do business so that they can give you any additional information about local requirements based on your specific business type.

Chesapeake Agriculture Innovation Center

8737 Brooks Drive
Suite 101
Easton, MD 21601
(410) 770-9330 ext 4

The mission of the Chesapeake Agriculture Innovation Center (CAIC) is to provide value-added agriculture and aquaculture producers in Maryland and Delaware with the advice, guidance, technology, and other resources that they need to scale their businesses to a viable level of success. This will ensure a secure living for producers and sufficient nutritious, local food that is readily available to consumers.

Chesapeake Agricultural Innovation Center EDGE Accelerator

Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center
8737 Brooks Drive, Suite 101
Easton, MD 21601
(410) 770-9330

The Edge Accelerator is an industry-agnostic program that is open to all entrepreneurs and industries. Cohorts will include a special focus on businesses in AgTech, AgBio, AquaTech, CleanTech and the like industries! The Edge Accelerator drives start-up formation, entrepreneurial development, and small business expansion. This 12-week program is an intensive, boot-camp style course aimed at revving the start-up learning curve. Entrepreneurs who step up to the Edge get access to weekly classes covering all aspects of business development, community business leader mentors, focus groups, and an online portal packed with additional educational resources. All classes are led by local business leaders and entrepreneurs and cover important business skills including pitching, creating a solid business model, understanding customer segmentation, and go-to-market strategy.

The Company Corporation

251 Little Falls Dr
Wilmington, DE 19808
(855) 235-2566

It’s a cruel world out there for the small business owner. And we can relate because we’re entrepreneurs, just like you. We work with business owners throughout their companies’ life cycles, helping them overcome the obstacles blocking effective compliance. And we provide the kind of thought leadership and guidance that will inspire and encourage their continued success, no matter the odds.

We got into this business because helping entrepreneurs is our passion. And we strongly believe in the power of private enterprise.


1 Innovation Way
Suite 500
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 831-7140

DatAssured™ is a program developed by the Delaware SBDC to help the small business community integrate cybersecurity best practices into their business strategy and operations in order to assist them in managing the threat and impact of cyber interference. We provide assistance to small businesses through targeted programming, development and consolidation of tools and resources, and 1:1 business advising. View our website for more information and to view our cyber resources and upcoming events.

Delaware Bioscience Association

2110 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 635-0445

The mission of the Delaware BioScience Association is to be the catalyst in Delaware for the development of the Biosciences industry. In our work, we collaborate with industry, academic and government partners across the region to promote the growth of our members and actively work to keep newly created innovation in Delaware.

Delaware Bioscience CAT Grant

590 Avenue
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 831-4888

Our mission is to support and grow Delaware’s economy by fostering innovative research and development activities among its members. The Delaware Bioscience CAT program is successfully attracting and retaining life science businesses and creating new high-tech jobs for Delaware. The program supports this mission through sponsoring three grant mechanisms.

DE Center for Enterprise Growth

1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 857-6954

Located on the campus of Delaware State University, DCED assists in starting and growing businesses through an array of services. The mission of the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development is to educate current and prospective entrepreneurs and enterprise managers through training programs, technical and managerial assistance and by providing access to capital. 

Delaware Division of Corporations

Division of Corporations
John G. Townsend Bldg
401 Federal Street
Suite 4
Dover, DE 19901

The State of Delaware is a leading domicile for U.S. and international corporations. More than 1,000,000 business entities have made Delaware their legal home. More than 66% of the Fortune 500 have chosen Delaware as their legal home.

Businesses choose Delaware not for one single reason, but because we provide a complete package of incorporations services. The Delaware General Corporation Law is the most advanced and flexible business formation statute in the nation. The Delaware Court of Chancery is a unique 220 year old business court that has written most of the modern U.S. corporation case law. Delaware’s State Government is business-friendly and accessible. Our Division of Corporations operates with a state-of-the-art efficiency and our staff provides prompt, friendly and professional service to clients, attorneys, registered agents and others. These factors have all contributed to making Delaware a premier legal home to companies around the world.

The Division of Corporations has Specialists in each section to answer questions and assist you in filing your corporate, UCC and tax documents. You may also file annual tax reports and UCC documents online through our e-Corp Internet filing system.

The Division of Corporations now offers online Name Reservations, Entity Status and General Information. View all online services.

The Delaware Division of Corporations is at your service and we welcome your comments and feed back. You may contact any of the following individuals with questions through the Division of Corporation’s e-mail service.

Delaware Library Division of Business and Entrepreneurship

121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 739-4748

Use this guide to learn about starting your business in Delaware. It includes information on incorporating, incentives and programs and business taxes.

Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership

400 Stanton Christiana Rd
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 283-3131

Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership (DEMEP) is a federally and state funded non-profit organization committed to helping Delaware’s manufacturers improve their global competitiveness. DEMEP is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Delaware. The MEP National Network™ is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing.

Delaware Pathways

101 Rogers Road
102 / 201B
Wilmington DE 19801
(302) 735-4015

Acquiring both academic and technical skills in combination with meaningful work experience gives students the freedom to choose their life’s path.

Delaware Pathways link education and workforce development efforts for youth and provide opportunities for youth to gain work experiences aligned with their career goals through a series of high-quality education programs that link to postsecondary education and careers. Programs and supports are available across Delaware’s local education agencies and a statewide workforce intermediary.

DE Small Business Development Center

1 Innovation Way
Suite 301
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 831-1555
The SBDC is the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. The SBDC program is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Delaware and the University of Delaware. Operating since 1984, the SBDC is dedicated to helping new and scaling businesses grow and prosper within Delaware and the region by providing no or low-cost advisory and training services. The SBDC’s expert services are focused on, but are not limited to: • Identifying and accessing capital • Targeting and developing markets • Business continuation • Assessing and improving strategic and operation performance. The SBDC also has its own Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to help existing businesses break into and make sense of government procurement by identifying and preparing bids on contracts with all levels of government.

Delaware Works

4425 N. Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801

Delaware Works is a product of the Department of Labor and committed to helping job seekers find employment, services and the information they need to succeed; as well as helping find preferred destination for business, capital, talent, and more. The product is committed to assisting veterans and people with disabilities in leveraging their skills and training to be competitive in today’s economy to find not just a job, but the right job.


1 Innovation Way
Newark, DE 19711

DESCA, formerly known as the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, is dedicated to encouraging sustainable innovation throughout the greater Delaware and North East region. Formed in 2010, the organization’s mission is to foster sustainable innovation among key stakeholders in the public and private sectors. Working with thought leaders in industry, government and academia, we help link resources in ways that can both optimize the funding essential for R&D and translate the benefits of new and sustainable discoveries in chemistry into commercial opportunities.

Digital Compass

1 Innovation Way
Suite 500
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 831-7140

Developed by the Delaware SBDC, Digital Compass is a strategic advising program that brings together promising small businesses and web/IT vendors to develop high impact pilot programs using digital tools and analytics.

Emerging Program at the Emerging Enterprise Center

920 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 737-4343a>

In this 12-weeks program, you will start with the basics of what makes a business successful from having a clearly defined mission and vision to having products and services that will outshine the competition.

Entrepreneur Fund

202 W. Superior Street
Suite 311
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 623-5747

At the Entrepreneur Fund, we believe small businesses have the power to transform their communities and regions. Every day we partner with entrepreneurs to make that a reality. No matter the stage of your business we can help you move forward through small business lending, business advising and programs dedicated to growth.

The Entrepreneur Fund has worked diligently to foster entrepreneurship and grow small businesses for over 30 years.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization

500 Montgomery Street
Suite 700
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 519-6700

It’s been more than 25 years since a group of forward-thinking entrepreneurs created a network of likeminded peers to help each other learn and grow. Follow the evolution of EO below – from its beginnings as YEO and WEO – and discover how we grew into the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs.

Export Delaware

820 N. French Street
4th Floor
Wilmington DE, 19801
(302) 2577-8464

Export Delaware is an initiative of the Delaware Department of State. We are the official export resource for Delaware’s small businesses. If you are a new exporter, or want to explore new markets, we can help you get started.

Export Delaware assists Delaware companies that seek to export their products and services. Our experienced staff provides on-site guidance to businesses that are looking to explore export opportunities or to expand their current export activities to new markets.

Some of the most successful exporters are innovative small- and medium-sized businesses (which account for 98 percent of U.S. exporters). Businesses that export have faster-growing sales, create more jobs and are less likely to go out of business than non-exporting establishments.

First Founders Accelerator

3022 New Castle Ave
New Castle, DE 19720

First Founder’s provides experiential learning and a supportive community where participants will build diverse teams and be challenged to tackle problems facing underserved consumers, and the organizations that serve them. Our 12-week program includes a combination of in-person & virtual education sessions where you’ll receive mentorship from industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs to support your growth as an innovative problem solver.

Forward Delaware

4425 N. Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
(302) 761-8085

This is the place where jobseekers find training to enhance or gain skills; and employers connect with a qualified workforce.

Founders Network

595 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

Founded in 2011, Founders Network offers lifelong peer mentorship to over 600 tech startup founders globally. Our platform, programs and high-touch service facilitate authentic experience sharing, warm introductions and long-term professional relationships. Additional benefits include over $500k in startup discounts and promotion to 2,000 newsletter readers. Members are located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London and other tech hubs. Each month our Membership Committee admits a new cohort of full-time tech founders who are nominated by an existing member.

Gaebler – Resources for Entrepreneurs

1153 S. Plymouth Court
Unit B
Chicago, IL 60605, the Resources for Entrepreneurs site, is a news and information website that provides useful news and information to small business owners, entrepreneurs and others who are interested in business.

We are a daily magazine on the Web. Every day, we do our best to bring you helpful news and resources that pertain to starting, growing and running a successful business.

Great Dames

318 Queen St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Great Dames is a dynamic community of women. We connect, learn from and empower each other through programs that inspire, encourage and engage. Great Dames is a dynamic, diverse community of women who are connected, empowered and inspired to create the impact they desire. Since 2009, we have engaged more than 12,500 women and girls at salons, conversations, workshops and peer mentoring groups.

H.O.M.E. (Helping One More Entrepreneur)

108 Patriot Drive
Suite A
Middletown DE, 19709
(302) 261-3530

Helping One More Entrepreneur (H.O.M.E) is an organization dedicated to helping job creators reap the rewards of their investment of time and money. Our goal is to provide entrepreneurs with proactive business solutions designed for growth. Together we will develop a realistic view of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to your business and help you set achievable goals that will make your business a success.

H.O.M.E. offers wide range of services; from business development, back office support to property management and graphic design. Depend on the H.O.M.E. team to remove the stress of business operations so you can concentrate on your customers.

We are a Delaware company located in Middletown, Delaware.

ibranch Lab Consultants

550 S College Ave
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 602-9575

Whether you’re looking to start up a lab or grow your current business, we offer impartial advice and practical assistance to HELP YOU SAVE TIME, MINIMIZE RISK AND BOOST PROFIT.

  • Our full suite of services includes:
  • Lab startup and expansion
  • Onboarding Workforce Training
  • Quality management systems
  • Hygiene audits
  • Release testing

We are a team of experienced scientists, analysts, advocates, and strategists. Our mission is to create relationships, not transactions, as we outfit your lab venture with the right tools to succeed.

IDE Group

5066 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square PA 19073
(717) 312-4307

IDE is a group of like minded people and organizations that love working together to utilize design, engineering, and entrepreneurial capabilities.

Idea Cafe

64 Orland Square Drive
Suite 314A
Orland Park, IL 60462

Entrepreneurs need critical info fast, so they can take action now. They hate textbooks, they hate people who don’t know what it’s like trying to tell them what to do. So at Idea Cafe, we serve info fast, fresh, friendly and for real.

Innovation Delaware Fellowship

At Horn Entrepreneurship and College of Engineering
University of Delaware, Venture Development Center
132 E. Delaware Avenue
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 831-4393

The Innovation Delaware (InDE) Fellowship program provides inventors, research scientists, innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs with an exceptional opportunity to learn about, and gain first-hand experience with the process of translating their ideas, discoveries and inventions from the laboratory to the marketplace. The Fellowship also serves as a catalyst for lab to market translation by facilitating valuable connections to the individual leaders and support organizations comprising Delaware’s innovation & entrepreneurship (I&E) ecosystem.

Integrity Staffing Solutions

700 Prides Crossing
Suite 300
Newark, DE 19713
(833) 446-1300

We’re an associate-first staffing agency with a simple formula for success. Hire happier, more productive talent. Our clients succeed when our associates have the support, tools, and opportunities to thrive.

That’s why Integrity Staffing Solutions provides our talent with pretty great perks. Associates get the benefits, financial tools, and community resources to lead better lives — both on and off the clock.


1105 N. Market Street
Suite 102 Mezzanine Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 384-7761

The program provides small business owners with the knowledge, know-how, and networks needed for business growth and expansion. Join a committed group of Delaware-based business owners for interactive class sessions; peer mentoring groups; and the opportunity to learn from local experts in the fields of finance, marketing, and procurement. Complete the program with a customized, three-year strategic growth plan – plus, the confidence and ability to turn those plans into action.

Intern Delaware

1201 N. Orange Street
Ste. 200, PO Box 671
Wilmington, DE 19899-0671
(302) 576-6575

Intern Delaware is dedicated to helping build Delaware’s future workforce by keeping talent in the First State.

Intern Delaware has partnered with thirty companies to coordinate experiences for their summer interns that focus on the benefits of living in Delaware. Through a series of educational events, interns will have access to business leaders while learning about the unique aspects of Delaware’s economy and culture. It is a flagship program of The Partnership, Inc.—the 501(c)(3) workforce development affiliate of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

Job Bank at DSCC

PO Box 671
Wilmington, DE 19899
(302) 655-7221

Looking for a new job? A better job? Looking for great, local employees? Join or build the workforce in the area! You have come to the right place for what you need to know about available jobs, our fantastic local employers, and our great community!

Kent Economic Partnership

555 South Bay Road
Dover, Delaware 19901
(302) 678-3057

Located less than 2 hours away from Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and New York City Central Delaware is the prime location to locate and expand your business. Central Delaware is ideally suited for companies in the distribution, warehousing and logistics health care, business services, and beverage manufacturing sectors.

Kiva Delaware

100 W. 10th Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 425-5500

Through facilitating access to capital, we strive to empower small business owners and future entrepreneurs to reach their goals.

Launcher DE

710 N. Lincoln Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
(302) 658-4171

Entrepreneurs Empowering Commnities. Ready to Start or Expand Your Business? Launcher provides the tools to set-up or expand your business and on going resources to help your continued success. The Launcher program is currently serving Delaware’s communities in: Wilmington’s West Side, Dover, Claymont, Bellefonte and Edgemoor.

The Lonely Entrepreneur

210 14TH St W
Havre, MT, 59501-5116
(617) 966-8484

Information is everywhere. Intelligence is rare. Business coaching for entrepreneurs. True insight comes from the struggle – knowing what works “under the influence” of the passion, pressure, pleasure and pain of being the entrepreneur.


1077 Filbert Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

1:1 advice from otherwise inaccessible mentors. Connect with highly accomplished mentors and take your startup to the next level. Get insights and support from highly accomplished mentors. Personalized advice and mentorship tailored specifically to you.

More Business

9710 Traville Gateway Drive
Suite 225
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 960-8528 helps you start and grow your business. Download our free templates to create your own custom marketing plans and business plans. Attend our free webinars to learn smart strategies that generate sales. Try our affordable suite of small business tools like Review Builder, Reputation Manager, SEO to get new customers.


4550 Linden Hill Road Linden Park
Suite 301
Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 781-3005

At MySherpa, we know that frustrating IT hinders growth, but great IT accelerates it. We don’t just help fix technology when it breaks.

We help keep it from breaking and help you prepare for where your business is going, not just where it is today.

National Women’s Business Council

409 3rd St SW.
Ste 210
Washington D.C., 20416
(202) 205-3850

The National Women’s Business Council is a non-partisan federal advisory committee serving as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, the U.S. Congress (to the Committees on Small Business of the Senate and House of Representatives), and to the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (through the Assistant Administrator of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership) on issues of importance to women business owners and entrepreneurs.


590 Avenue 1743
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 831-0663

The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) is a public-private partnership whose mission is to accelerate biopharmaceutical innovation, support the development of standards that enable more efficient and rapid manufacturing capabilities, and educate and train a world-leading biopharmaceutical manufacturing workforce, fundamentally advancing U.S. competitiveness in this industry. NIIMBL is part of Manufacturing USA®, a diverse network of federally-sponsored manufacturing innovation institutes, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce with significant additional support from its members.

NSF I-corps Program

Office of Resource and Economic Development
New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
88 Lipman Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

The goal of our fellowship program is to encourage students, especially those from underrepresented groups*, to participate in an educational experience where they will explore innovation and commercialization processes while participating in an I-Corps Cohort. Selected fellows will receive a fellowship stipend.

OWBO-Office of Women’s Business Ownership

409 Third St., SW
Suite 6600
Washington, DC 20416

Since it was established in response to an executive order in 1979, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership has fostered the participation of women entrepreneurs in the economy, especially those who have been historically under-served or excluded. OWBO reaches out to women entrepreneurs through a number of programs that are coordinated through every SBA district office. OWBO’s programs provide business training and counseling, access to credit and capital, and marketing opportunities, including federal contracts.

In 1988 the SBA established the Women’s Business Center Program to better help women overcome continuing barriers to success. Today there are Women’s Business Centers in almost every state. These centers, along with SBA district offices and other SBA resource partners at thousands of locations nationwide help women entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses.

Each Women’s Business Center tailors its services to the needs of its individual community. Each provides training in finance, management, marketing, and the Internet, as well as offering access to all of the SBA’s financial and procurement assistance programs.

Rural Development Innovation Center

David Baker, State Director, 1221 College Park Drive
Suite 200
Dover, DE 19904
(302) 857-3580

Welcome to USDA Rural Development. We are committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through our programs, we help rural Americans in many ways.

We offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing; health care; first responder services and equipment; and water, electric and communications infrastructure.

We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations.

We provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs.

We help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.


1 Innovation Way
Suite 500
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 831-7140

DatAssured™ is a program developed by the Delaware SBDC to help the small business community integrate cybersecurity best practices into their business strategy and operations in order to assist them in managing the threat and impact of cyber interference. We provide assistance to small businesses through targeted programming, development and consolidation of tools and resources, and 1:1 business advising. View our website for more information and to view our cyber resources and upcoming events.

SizeUp Delaware

820 N. French Street
Wilmington DE 19801
(302) 577-8477

SizeUpDelaware is a free, robust business analytics tool designed by the Delaware Division of Small Business to support small and medium-sized businesses in a variety of stages, from the entrepreneur looking to start their first business to a seasoned business owner looking to expand their customer base.

Small Business Alliance – DSCC

PO Box 671
Wilmington DE 19899
(302) 655-7221

The Small Business Alliance’s primary focus is fostering the growth and success of Delaware’s small businesses. Making up more than 80 percent of the State Chamber’s membership, small businesses are an important voice to the Chamber’s yearly agenda. The committee serves Delaware businesses of fewer than 150 employees by providing leadership in legislative advocacy. Together the DSCC and SBA work to ensure the business climate in Delaware is conducive to the support of existing and newly created small businesses in a dynamic economy, safeguarding their long-term competitiveness and the retention of private-sector jobs.

Science Inc Accelerator

At the Innovation Space
200 Powder Mill Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 200-8600

The Science Inc Accelerator is a virtual, cohort-based accelerator for early stage startups in the sciences. Over 4 months, participants work to advance their startup toward major goals to move their businesses more quickly toward success. The Innovation Space offers eligible startups an opportunity to apply for funding.


1105 Market Street (I.M. PEI BLDG)
Lobby Level Suite 02
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 661-2366

SCORE Delaware has been serving Delaware entrepreneurs and small business for over 50 years. Please use this site to request free mentoring from an experienced Delaware SCORE volunteer counselor. This web site also provides links to our local workshop registrations as well as online workshops sponsored by the National SCORE organization. Numerous tools and templates are available here to help you with your business plan to start or expand your business. Links are provided as well to Delaware sites which provide services for establishing and maintaining your business. 

Siegfried Group

1201 N. Market Street
Suite 700
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 984-1800

Siegfried is a national, entrepreneurial leadership organization that provides financial executives with a powerful combination of leadership advisory, financial advisory, and talent delivery services. Through our strategic service offering, we help leaders and financial decision makers identify their most important needs, clarify the best path forward, and then provide high-caliber professionals to work under their direction to successfully address many of those needs.

Spark Factory

At the Innovation Space
200 Powder Mill Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 200-8600

Spark Factory is a free, virtual pitch event that offers mentoring to new founders so that they can develop their ideas and build their businesses. Participants pitch their vision to a community of entrepreneurs and innovators at the Spark Factory event and receive real-time feedback and follow-on mentorship around their critical business questions. For one month leading up to the Spark Factory event, each founder is paired with on of our Entrepreneurs in Residence who help to refine their business pitch.

Spin In

1 Innovation Way
Suite 500
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 831-7140

Spin In® is an OEIP program whose purpose, through experiential education, is to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship within the undergraduate student communities.


34300 Woodward Ave
Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
(866) 597-8278

Since it was launched in 2002, StartupNation has provided millions with the information, inspiration and connections they need to start, grow and manage a successful startup business. Founded by passionate entrepreneur Jeff Sloan, StartupNation is a multimedia company located in Birmingham, Michigan.

StartupNation’s content is crafted by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, offering the necessary insights for personal growth through in-the-trenches, how-to content authored by subject matter experts, thought leaders and business professionals.

StartupNation provides access to experts in a variety of business disciplines through its various media channels and fosters peer-to-peer interaction in its vibrant online community forums. The breadth and range of businesses StartupNation serves include sole proprietorships, home-based businesses and part-time businesses, all the way to the most esoteric and sophisticated ventures.

StartupNation remains a long-standing, mainstay brand and constantly attracts, inspires and educates entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to be their own boss and live the American Dream.

Sussex Economic Development Action Committee, Inc. (SEDAC)

25196 Bethesda Road
Georgetown, DE 19947
(302) 856-1818

The Sussex Economic Development Action Committee, Inc. (SEDAC) is here for you. Sussex County, Delaware, is a great place to do business. Located within eight hours of a third of the eastern U.S. population, Sussex County offers an attractive tax structure, real estate opportunity, a temperate climate and a superior quality of life. Since 1990, the county’s population has surged 73 percent as individuals and businesses recognized the area’s economic and lifestyle potential.

Tech Hire Delaware

100 W. 10th Street
Suite 915
Wilmington, DE 19801

There is a demand for skilled technology professionals in Delaware, with the most in-demand skills being in software development (coding), data management/analytics, cloud/networking, cybersecurity, and technical support. Fortunately, there are more ways than ever to learn new tech skills, and that means that more people, from all walks of life, are pursuing training with the hopes of a great career in technology waiting for them on the other side.

Tech Hire Delaware, a workforce intermediary service delivered by Tech Impact, aims to make it easier for all people to launch a career in tech by aligning them with technology training, certification programs and apprenticeships.

While in training, participants receive professional development training to help with interviewing skills, resume building and workplace etiquette. Once training is complete, Tech Hire Delaware will work to connect candidates with employers seeking tech talent.

This is a long-term approach to cultivating a diverse, skilled workforce in our state. Modern and accessible methods of education are key to building a strong, skilled, and diverse talent pool, and the creation of an Industry Council is in place to steer this long-term initiative.

US Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

1401 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20230
(202) 482-2332

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises.

US Government Small Business Resource

409 3rd Street
SW, Washington, DC 20416

Learn the steps to start a small business, get financing help from the government, and more.

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(800) 786-9199

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch “”promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”” The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation’s technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.


1 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

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Wilmington Alliance

100 W. 10th Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 425-5500

Wilmington is the corporate capital of the world. Wilmington is crossroads of the Northeast corridor. Wilmington is an internationally recognized hub of Fintech, Chemical Engineering, Bio Science, and more. And, Wilmington is a city in America, like any other. It struggles with infrastructure and addiction, with income inequality and workforce readiness. But this city has many champions, those who take on its toughest challenges, introduce innovative ideas, pilot test programs, and find new ways of thinking about age-old problems. The Wilmington Alliance is the common ground where those people meet.

Wilmington Alliance Entrepreneurial Support Program

100 W. 10th Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 425-5500

Wilmington Alliance collaborates with multiple partners to support entrepreneurs in the city and reduce barriers many marginalized small business owners face on their path to success. In August 2020, the City of Wilmington joined the National League of Cities’ City Inclusive Entrepreneurship Network (NLC CIE). Wilmington Alliance has been the lead agency responsible for working with the city administration and other partners to execute on the work related to the implementation of 13 milestones outlined by the NLC CIE, as key components of an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Women’s Business Center at True Access Capital (WBC)

100 W. 10th Street
Suite 300
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 652-6774

The Women’s Business Center at True Access Capital (WBC) provides in-depth, outcome-oriented business services to women entrepreneurs. WBC training includes courses on business planning, business financing, social media and marketing. All WBC clients have the opportunity to network with and learn from successful women business owners, including participation in “work-life balance” seminars several times each year. And through its partnership with True Access Capital, the WBC provides access to business capital for women business owners. As an official SBA Resource Partner, the WBC also partners with SCORE and the Small Business Development Center, and other State agencies, to help ensure the success of women and entrepreneurs.

World Trade Center Delaware

42 Reads Way
Suite B
New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 656-7905

The World Trade Center Delaware is a non-profit organization that assists small and medium-sized companies to expand their markets overseas, as well as raising awareness of international issues and their importance in regards to international growth.

YWCA Delaware

100 W 10th Street
Suite 515
Wilmington, DE 19801

Entrepreneur/Small Business and Career Readiness Curriculums

The WAND Program offers entrepreneur strategies to emerging business owners, who need “hands on” technical support and tools to position their business for success and sustainability.

Our workforce development programs provide 21st Century job search skills to those with barriers to employment, including, individuals seeking to navigate the job market, identify transferable skills and re-brand themselves for new and current employment opportunities.

WAND uses a wrap-around Care-Team approach to ensure participants receive additional resources as needed while in our programs or during periodic check-ins after graduation, used to support further those we serve.

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