Downtown Delaware

Downtown Delaware, a Main Street America Coordinating Programis the downtown revitalization resource center within the Division of Small Business, Development, and Tourism (formerly the Delaware Economic Development Office - DEDO) a division of the Delaware Secretary of State.


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.

Job opportunities in Delaware’s traditional downtowns:

There are no openings at present.


Rural Business Mentoring Program

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
  • Others

 Contact or phone 302-577-8477 to discuss opportunities for participation in the RBMP with Downtown Delaware’s State Coordinator Diane Laird.