Small businesses comprise a vital component of our economy by spurring growth and creating jobs in a state where “big business” is no longer the anchor of the local economy. The focus of the Delaware Small Business Development Center (DSBDC), a unit of the University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships (OEIP), is to develop and support entrepreneurship throughout the State of Delaware by working one-on-one with our clients to understand their needs and assist them in a path forward.
Whether a business is being started from scratch, purchased, or franchised, the DSBDC can provide training, advice, and resources to help business owners navigate their way to success. Our business advisors have expertise in owning and operating businesses and have held key positions in global corporations including AstraZeneca, DuPont, and Nokia. Many hold advanced degrees in related business fields, have completed professional certifications, and continue annual professional development.
For business owners who have been in operation for two or more years and are interested in securing government contracts, certified experts in our our Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) are available for consultations and ongoing assistance. Over the past decade, Delaware PTAC clients have been awarded more than $600 million in government contracts.
DSBDC holds a special accreditation in technology assistance from the Small Business Administration that allows us to serve Delaware’s scientific, innovative, and knowledge-based business development. With the assistance from and access to OEIP’s vast technology resources, we guide our clients through the entire technology commercialization process.
Beyond our consulting services and regularly-held training programs, DSBDC also offers special programs throughout the year. Check our complete program listing for more information.
The Delaware Small Business Development Center abides by all non-discrimination and accessibility policies of the University of Delaware.