Downtown Delaware, a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, acts as a downtown revitalization resource center within the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO).
The resource center focuses on downtown revitalization opportunities and strategies, with particular emphasis on business development, vacancy reduction, and proactive planning for selection and placement of retail goods and services in commercial business districts throughout the state. Downtown Delaware’s work aligns fully with the four key areas Main Streets have been successfully using as a guiding framework for over 35 years: Economic Vitality, Promotion, Design, and Organization, known collectively as the “Main Street Four Points”.
As a Main Street AmericaTM Coordinating Program, Downtown Delaware is part of a powerful, grassroots network consisting of 45 Coordinating Programs and over 1600 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Learn more about Main Street America. The mission of the Downtown Delaware resource center is to provide Delaware's historic downtowns, communities, and small businesses with tools to revitalize their commercial districts,
increase entrepreneurism and innovation, and enhance quality of place.
How to Ring the Registers! Over 50 Successful Retail and Business Promotions
This webinar is focused on how to develop more business through cooperative (and individual) promotions and will make the cash registers ring for retail businesses and bring new clients to service and professional businesses too.
This session includes over 50 successful retail/business promotions from other communities, including:
promotions through social media, cooperative, competitive and niche promotions;
and how to target the markets for your downtown.
Speaker: Kathy La Plante
For more information and register click here.
Rural Business Mentoring Program
Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner in one of Delaware’s rural communities in need of targeted assistance in a very specific area your businesses’ day to day operations? Perhaps you’d like some timely tips about how to capture more attention to your storefront, or gain a better understanding about the opportunities that social media offers as a way to market your business and increase sales?
Downtown Delaware has launched the Rural Business Mentoring Program, an innovative new initiative to assist Delaware’s rural downtown business owners. These kinds of questions and many focused topics can be addressed now through short term consultations with the RBMP mentors, many of whom are Delaware small business owners themselves.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Performing a “Visual Audit” of Your Business
- Small Business Cost Saving Measures
- Customer Service
- Business Plan Strategies
- Social Media Tool/eCommerce
Contact Diane.Laird@state.de.us or phone 302-577-8477 to discuss opportunities for participation in the RBMP with Downtown Delaware’s State Coordinator Diane Laird.