The Delaware Small Business Development Center has prevented about 600 former DuPont workers from leaving Delaware to pursue jobs in other states, said J. Michael Bowman, the organization’s director.

Bowman made the remarks Tuesday afternoon at a hearing before the Joint Finance Committee in Dover. He said the SBDC’s job fairs led to nearly 600 DuPont scientists and researchers landing jobs with Delaware technology startups.

“When we were all done with [the Delaware Economic Development Office] and others, 600 people saved their jobs,” Bowman told the committee. “That was big.”

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