Open for Business partners with 1 Million Cups for startups

Anyone with plans to open, purchase or expand a business in Sussex County, or who needs assistance with licenses or permits, business-plan writing, marketing or getting ready to apply for financing is being invited to attend Sussex County’s “Open for Business,” a free business development session for startup and existing businesses, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Fireside Lounge in the Student Services Center at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus in Georgetown.

Starting this month, Sussex County’s Open for Business is partnering with 1 Million Cups, a Kauffman Foundation educational program that is designed to engage, educate and accelerate local startups.

Two presenters from startup and young businesses in Sussex County will talk about their companies’ highlights, problems, gaps and challenges. The audience is made up of entrepreneurs, advisors and people getting ready to start their own companies. During the event, each presenter is given feedback, suggestions and ideas to make their business work better, while everyone there gets to learn from the entire conversation.

Sponsored by the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee Inc. (SEDAC), Sussex County’s Open for Business is held on the third Wednesday of each month and offers free, one-stop access to an array of organizations, agencies and resource partners that 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 is aimed at fostering 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 of Sussex County’s Open for Business and said, “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.”

Some of the organizations that will be on hand Oct. 17 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; the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control; the Delaware Department of Transportation; USDA and the Delaware State Housing Authority.

For more information about Sussex County Open for Business, contact Scott Thomas at (302) 856-1818 or; visit the website at; or go to For more information about 1 Million Cups, visit