2012 Economic Impact Highlights
As a direct result of SBTDC counseling assistance in *FY 2012:
- 222 new jobs were created
- 242 jobs were saved
- 25 new businesses were started
- Capital formation was $9.6 million
- Incremental gross receipts were $23.8 million
*October 1, 2011-September 30, 2012
DSBTDC’s special programs are designed to meet the changing and diverse needs of small business owners. These programs, taught by field experts, have recently included topics such as email marketing strategies, advanced features of Excel, business coaching, and SBIR/STTR grant writing for technology start-ups.
The federal Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 has enabled the DSBTDC and other centers across the nation to provide assistance specifically for business expansion and job creation. Programs include the following:
- Business Boost: DSBTDC will assess a business’s state of health and identify existing barriers to growth to boost sales, increase profitability and develop a tactical plan.
- Electronic and Social Media Marketing: After analyzing target markets and assessing the business’s marketing efforts, DSBTDC will identify areas of targeted assistance needed to improve the effectiveness of marketing and build a strategy to move the business ahead in those areas.
- Sales Management Coaching: Sales skills are often the missing link in a growing business owner’s tool kit. It doesn’t matter how good your product or service is if you can’t sell it to potential customers.
- Business Development Network: This program provides business owners with an intensive opportunity to learn from three international business-coaching firms. In seven action-packed sessions, business owners learn to bridge the gap between frustration and fruit-bearing business.
- Franchise Assistance: The DSBTDC will assist in evaluation of franchise opportunities.
To see all of our upcoming special programs, please review our complete program listing.
The Delaware SBIR Gateway is another special program offered by the DSBTDC. There is over $2.5 billion in federal funding available for early stage technology/R&D businesses through the federal government’s SBIR/STTR grant program, but competition is fierce. Our SBIR Gateway is the only program of its kind in Delaware and includes in-depth two-day seminars several times each year. These selective seminars, taught by SBIR grant writing experts, cover all of the steps necessary to win the coveted funding. At the conclusion of each two-day seminar, participants have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an SBIR expert to discuss their plan.
After completion of the seminar, ongoing assistance, including topic selection and proposal development and review, is provided for the development of your SBIR proposal.
Prior to participating in one of the seminars, interested parties must submit an application and additional required documentation. All application materials are reviewed by DSBTDC staff and our external SBIR partners for technical soundness and commercialization potential. For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply for the Delaware SBIR Gateway Program, please contact our certified technology advisor, Gary Simon by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone, 302-831-0772.
To check for the next SBIR Gateway seminar, please review our complete program listing.