Business people find solutions at “Sussex County is Open for Business”

Two free events scheduled for October 24 and November 28 in Georgetown

Georgetown, DE.  October 14, 2011. Carolyn Phillips has been making her own specialty soaps for family and friends for years. And lately, she’s been wondering how to turn her hobby into an entrepreneurial venture called Healing Soap, with all the questions that go along with that decision. How can her business plan help her gain an edge with banks? What resources are available to aid her?  Where can she find training to help her have a better chance of success?

When she and her husband attended the first “Sussex County Is Open For Business” event on September 26, she found exactly what she sought—a room full of County, State, Federal and professional resources in one place to encourage business growth. The well-attended event was aimed at providing new entrepreneurs and expanding businesses tools and information to help them succeed.

After receiving consultations with representatives from a number of different agencies and business development organizations, Ms. Phillips felt she walked away with plenty of answers. “This experience has broadened my thinking and I have many more ideas as to how I can expand and grow my business.”

The “Sussex County Is Open For Business” event series creates a one-stop resource for beginning entrepreneurs and existing companies looking to expand. Participating organizations and agencies include Delaware Center for Enterprise Development-DSU, Delaware Economic Development Office, Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership (DEMEP), Delaware Small Business & Technology Development Center, Delaware State Treasury, DTCC-Entrepreneur Center, First State Community Action Agency, Job Center of Delaware Libraries, Southern Delaware Tourism, SCORE Delaware, Sussex County Economic Development Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, and YWCA-Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship.

Ordinarily, business people would have to collect contact information for each organization, make appointments and travel many miles to consult with this many individual agencies. “Sussex County Is Open For Business” puts all of these resources at business people’s fingertips at one time.

“Sussex County Is Open For Business” was developed by Sussex County Economic Development Committee (SEDAC), a nonprofit partnership of business people, educators and government officials to further retention, expansion, creation and attraction of better business for Sussex County. SEDAC’s goal is creating resources to support existing businesses, fostering entrepreneurship, facilitating improvements to infrastructure and nurturing a well-trained workforce.

“Sussex County Is Open For Business” is sponsored by Delaware Small Business & Technology Development Center. The next events will be held October 24 and November 28 at the Georgetown Public Library, 123 West Pine Street in Georgetown, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. To learn more information or to pre-register, call 302-856-1555. Or visit SEDAC’s Website, http://www.sedac-de.org.

“SEDAC’s goal is to bring jobs and increased prosperity to Sussex County,” explains Chairperson Patti Grimes. “This series of events, bringing together county-wide business resources, is just one of the ways we’re seeking to galvanize economic development.”

SEDAC (http://www.sedac-de.org)  is a nonprofit organization comprised of  business, education, Sussex County Cooperative Extension and government representatives who are committed to attracting, expanding and retaining business in Sussex County. It seeks to support existing businesses, foster entrepreneurship, facilitate improvements to the county’s infrastructure and build a well-trained workforce.

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