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"1" Small business seminar provides huge resources for entrepreneurs By Jim Cresson Anyone considering launching a new business - or growing their existing business - would benefit greatly from the varied and in- valuable services of the Delaware Small Business Resource Partner- ship (SBRP). The annual Small Business Re- source Fair, held statewide during the last week of October, featured plenty of good advice and re- source material under the SBRP's vast umbrella. At the Oct. 29 fair held in Sus- sex County at the CHEER Com- munity Center in Georgetown, the information and networking event helped three dozen prospective entrepreneurs and current busi- ness owners learn more about what it takes to start a business and what it takes to keep one growing. Most gathered a package full of invaluable agency and or- ganization contacts to assist them in competing in Delaware's small business marketplace. Brenda Whitehurst, executive director of the Delaware Small Business Foundation, opened the fair with an overview of how that group helps prospective small business owners get started on the path to success. Whitehurst explained that Delaware's Small Business Foun- dation seeks to assist in the devel- opment, enhancement and expan- sion of minority-owned, women- owned, youth, veteran-owned, so- cially and disadvantaged business owners in rural area communities. It helps those owners address is- sues of economic hardship through comprehensive, cus- tomized training curriculums and vital technical assistance. In addition, the SBRP partner- ship includes the Delaware Small Business Development Center Network, which serves to strengthen the state's economic base by providing quality services such as management assistance, education programs and resources to the existing business communi- ty and potential entrepreneurs. It also includes the Delavare Community Reinvestment Action Council, which ensures equal ac- cess and capital for the under- served populations and communi- ties throughout the state. The Delaware Department of State is a partner, as are the Delaware De- partment of Insurance and the De- partment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Capi- tal Works of Wilmington offers small businesses credit resources, business training and networking Rehoboth Main Street offers e00Ld-o:f.year grants for signs. Rehoboth Beach Main Street, Inc. still has funds available in 2001 for matching sign grants. In addition to offering wholesale .prices to Main Street members for new signs, there are four $250 grants available between now and the end of the year. Any downtown merchant or property owning thinking about putting up a new front-lit sign is eligible to join Main Street and take advantage of this sign incen- tive program. Applicants must be Main Street members and present Main Street with a proposal for a $500 (or more) sign project. If selected, the business would receive $250 to- ward the project. Naturally, the project materials must meet the city building sign ordinance and Main Street's very broad front-lit sign guidelines. Business or prop- erty owners my join Main Street at .the time of grant application. The. process is simple. The money may be used for a front-lit sign and associated lighting for the new sign. tf the business chooses to use Main Street's partner in the sign program, Rogers Sign Company of Milton, the applicant will also receive a wholesale price on the sign. However, businesses award- ed a matching grant may use any sign company they wish Match- ing grant money is disbursed when the work is completed and bills totaling $500 are submitted to Main Street. The time to act is now. For more information, please call Main Street executive director Fay Ja- cobs at 227-2772. 302-227-8525 1-888-500-REAL 317 Rehoboth Ave. Rehoboth Beach. DE 00CU$[ Directions: Rt. One South to light (old Wawa & Book Store) make right onto Dartmouth Drive. Continue into Rolling Meadows community to 16 Dartmouth Drive. Look for Long & Foster Open House signs. Your Hostess, Francie Etia 800-, CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 9 - Nov. 15, 2001 - 57 activities. The Central Delaware Economic Development Council helps small businesses with de- mographic and community infor: mation, reference materials, proj- ect guidance and referrals. The Department of Labor can help businesses with complex employ- ee problems. "The Small Business Resource Partnership can provide a link from a business owner who might be struggling to dozens or even hundreds of other people who have been in the same situation and can show the light at the end of the tunnel," Gov. Ruth Ann Minner stated in a letter of sup- port for the SBRP resource fair. Federal agencies are well repre- sented under the SBRP umbrella. They include the U.S. Small Busi- ness Administration, U.S. Eco- nomic Development Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, the IRS Taxpayer Advo- cate Service and the Veterans Ad- ministration Medical and Region- al Office Center. The Delaware Small Business Resource Partnership and all its member agencies can be accessed on the web by visiting ww The Delaware Small Business Foundation can be reached by calling 730-0932 or by email at A WOODED WONDERLAND... canopy of towering trees stands guard over this very private contemporary home featuring 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA, 1-car garage, fireplace, 1st floor office/den, cathedral ceiling in great room, balcony, a walk-out basement to a very private backyard. Conveniently located close to restaurants, outlets, cinema. Buy it NOW and take delivery in the SPRING, ready for SUM- MER enjoyment. 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