Sussex County’s ‘Open for Business’ session set for Thursday

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County’s “Open for Business,” a free, monthly business development session for startup and existing businesses, is scheduled for Thursday at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center.

From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., it is designed for persons with plans to open, purchase or expand a business in Sussex County. The session will provide assistance with licenses or permits, business plan writing, marketing or getting ready to apply for financing.

Sponsored by the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee Inc. (SEDAC) Sussex County’s Open for Business is held the third Thursday of each month and offers free, one-stop access to an array of organizations, agencies and resource partners who assist small businesses in funding, business consulting and training in Sussex County.

“Whether you’re a startup or established business looking for assistance in writing a business plan, marketing, business continuity planning or working with financial institutions, you can find it at Sussex County’s Open for Business,” said Scott Thomas, executive director of Southern Delaware Tourism, one of the Open for Business service providers.

Launched in 2010, Sussex County’s Open for Business has fostered support and growth for startups and well-established businesses representing a broad spectrum of sectors in the county including manufacturing, construction, retail, restaurants and services.

Ken Norman, owner of Floral Inspirations, is a past attendee.

“Open for Business introduced me to local representatives from SCORE Delaware. SCORE and its mentors were instrumental in guiding me with confidence to the opening of my new business. From negotiating the lease to financing for the renovation and everything in between they were there for me every step of the way,” said Mr. Norman.

Some of the organizations that will be on hand include the Delaware Small Business Development Center, Sussex County Economic Development Office, The Center for Enterprise Development; Delaware State University; Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership; Delaware Procurement Technical Assistance Center; Delaware Technical & Community College’s 1 Million Cups; SCORE Delaware; Southern Delaware Tourism; U.S. Small Business Administration; Delaware Office of Supplier Diversity; Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Delaware Department of Transportation; USDA and the Delaware State Housing Authority.

The Sussex County EOC is on Rudder Lane at the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown.

For information, contact Scott Thomas at 856-1818 or;; or follow the event on Facebook, at

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