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Over 112,441 Votes Reveal Several Statewide Favorites on Market Street in Wilmington, DE

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Over 19,000 people participating and casting 112,441 votes in Delaware Online's Readers' Choice competition revealed four statewide favorite businesses are located right along Market Street within a few blocks of each other. Voting was open for five weeks and ended on August 24th. 

If you haven’t yet been to these establishments, its time to make a visit, these businesses are near and dear to Delawarean hearts.

Wright & Simon 911 N Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801

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The Queen 500 N Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801

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Brew HAHA! 824 N Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801

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Al’s Sporting Goods 200 N Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801

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Delaware Startup Launchpad Program is BACK & Learn About Business Branding Workshops!

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Applications are now being accepted for Delaware Startup Launchpad 2018!

The four week accelerator program helps Delaware founders get their footing. You have until Sept. 19 to get your applications in.

For more information:
To apply:


Interested in Business Branding? Do you know How to Market Your Brand Effectively?  Check out the Emerging Enterprise Center - Startup Business Incubator to learn with the experts from Trellist Marketing and Technology and Promo Victory on September 18!

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Transforming Wilmington One Façade at a Time-218 Grille, Residence Inn and 9th Mile Galleria Receive Grants

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Within the Wilmington Downtown Business Improvement District, a block-by-block inventory done by Downtown Visions in 2009 showed that 78% of the buildings would benefit from improved façade treatments. Today, over 66 buildings have been improved, most recently 218 Grille, Residence Inn and the 9th Mile Galleria. 




A walk down Market Street proves that the program has been incredibly successful in the restoration of the once hidden and neglected historic character. Market Street now provides visitors and residents with a charming and welcoming atmosphere thanks to restored buildings and storefronts through Downtown Visions'  Façade Improvement Program and Main Street Program. Downtown Visions staff oversee each individual exterior improvement project from beginning to end as well as provide grants on a matching basis up to $25,000 per façade improvement. For more information on the program and how it could benefit your business or entrepreneurial venture, click here. 




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Start Your Business's Year Off on the Right Foot with Classes at the Delaware Libraries!

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The Delaware libraries are hosting a series of Small Business workshops throughout January. Topics include:

  • Using Customer Service as Your Competitive Advantage
  • Identify Your Customers & Competitors Using Census Data
  • Increase the Probability of Success: Own a Franchise

Questions on the upcoming classes? Email

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Downtown Wilmington is the Perfect Place to Start a Small Business!

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Is one of your goals for 2018 to start a small business? If you are an entrepreneur already, or have a great new business plan, Downtown Wilmington, DE is the perfect place to make a home for your business.

With a current thriving small business community, new corporations and organizations constantly incorporating in the city due to the State's tax structure and hundreds of new residences currently being built there is so much opportunity within the city!

Here are some resources to help get you started:

Downtown Visions- From façade improvement to financial assistance guidance, Downtown Visions has several programs specifically designed for those desiring to start a new business in the city, check them all out here. 

Downtown Visions also has workshops and events for small businesses. To stay updated on upcoming events, be sure to subscribe and follow us on Facebook.

Small and Minority Businesses and Tax Assistance- resources for small and minority-owned business as well as networking information can be found here.

Programs through the City and State- A tax abatement program, relocation/workforce development assistance, Grow Wilmington Fund and loans, architectural and engineering feasibility work matching, technical assistance and more information on the Downtown Development District can be found here. 

Complimentary Business Advice with a Certified Mentor- and more, including complimentary workshops for small businesses, can be found here through the Score program.

Starting your business and looking to live close by? Here are lots of great apartment communities right downtown!