Kent County’s small business incubator to host event series


DOVER — Marking National Small Business Week, Kent County Emerging Enterprise Development Center will host a series of events starting on April 30.

All events will be held at the recently created KCEEDC in the Kent County Levy Court Building on 555 S. Bay Road in Dover. No advance registration is required, all are welcome as “walk-ins.”

Event lineup:

• April 30 from 9-10 a.m.

KCEEDC ribbon cutting and networking — The KCEEDC will celebrate a ribbon cutting with the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce.

• May 1 from 1-2:30 p.m.

Discussion of financial resources in Kent County — USDA Rural Development will discuss funding opportunities for rural small businesses including information about Downtown Development District grants for Kent County businesses. The discussion will also include information on how the KCEEDC can help incubator businesses save money and how the Small Business Development Center can help with readiness and financial applications.

• May 2 from 9-10 a.m.

1 Million Cups — Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, this national program aims to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs over a cup of coffee. The program is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Typically held at DTCC’s Terry Campus, this year’s session will be held at KCEEDC.

• May 3 from 8:30-10 a.m.

Open for Business — Residents and business owners are invited to meet with business development resource partners from across the state. The event will include a presentation called “Where Is the Money?” by Rachel Baldini from the First State Community Loan Fund and John Fleming from the Small Business Administration.

• May 4 from 9-11 a.m.

First Friday with NAWBO-DE — National Association of Women’s Business Owners of Delaware has partnered with the KCEEDC and the Delaware office of Supplier Diversity for a conversation about the value of certifying a business as a diverse business or a small business.

Business briefs

•55+ Expo to reveal honorary mayor — At the 55+ Expo, the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce’s biggest event of the year, the new honorary mayor will be announced. The 17th annual 55+ Expo will be held on April 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rollins Center in Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

To learn more about the 55+ Expo and other upcoming chamber events, visit or call 302-734-7513.

Ribbon cuttings

•One Day at a Time Gifts — The Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrated its new gift shop member with a ribbon cutting in early April. To learn more about the store, located at 46-B Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, visit or call (302) 212-5632.


•Bootlegger’s Bar And Grill — The bar, located at 4793 Wheatleys Pond Road in Smyrna, has closed, according to the business’s Facebook. The bar hosted its grand opening last October.

Did we miss something? Let us know about local business happenings by contacting staff writer Ian Gronau at 741-8272 or

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