Jump-Starting Minority-, Women- and Veteran-Owned Businesses

Delaware values diversity when it comes to its small business community. Here are the best programs and organizations to get your minority-, women- or veteran-owned business started.

The Delaware Capital Access Program was designed by the Delaware Economic Development Office to use a small amount of public resources to generate a large amount of private bank financing, thus providing access to capital for many Delaware businesses.

The Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) in Delaware’s Government Support Services Agency offers certification, opportunity identification and training on how to use the business intelligence available through the State’s Procurement Portal, and other tools necessary for successfully doing business with the State of Delaware.

To maximize your supplier diversity, you can identify certified businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, and service-disabled veterans in the official OSD business directory .

If you’re a small business who would like to become certified with the OSD, please learn how to certify or re-certify your business .

The Veterans Opportunity Tax Credit provides businesses in Delaware with an incentive to hire veterans who served in overseas conflicts since 2001. The credit is based on W-2 wages and available for qualified employers located in Delaware that hire one or more qualified veterans. Learn if you qualify for the veterans opportunity tax credit and how the credit can be applied to taxes .

The Delaware Kauffman FastTrac Programs are entrepreneurial training programs offered throughout the State of Delaware. They’re designed to support entrepreneurs, innovators and small businesses. FastTrac offers programs specifically for veterans (New Venture) and businesses looking to grow and expand (Growth Venture).