Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Supporting Business Growth in Delaware
When you mention the word “entrepreneur” or “start-up,” companies that may pop to mind are Facebook or Fraunhofer –high-tech or bio-tech companies where founders use laptops or lab work to make their fortune.
We’re focused on making Delaware a great place for entrepreneurs in those areas. But the truth is, most small businesses and most start-ups aren’t writing code for software or decoding DNA. They are moms and pops looking to feed their families. People who want to work for themselves and put others to work. Retail and restaurants, personal services and professional contracting. And we are focused on helping them succeed as well.
It’s about supporting people like Chris Arnold, who started cutting hair years ago as a way to pay the rent. But he liked it so much, he’s built a thriving business through talent, training and an entrepreneurial spirit. This week, I joined Chris and his team to cut the ribbon on his eighth store - a U.S. Male Modern Barbershop in Hockessin.
Chris Arnold illustrates the kind of small businessperson that makes Delaware a great place to work, live, raise a family and build a business. Whether budding entrepreneurs want to find their future in science or technology, in manufacturing or retail, in service, or in trades, we want Delaware on their location list. Wherever I go, I say small, medium and large businesses will find in Delaware a talented workforce, strong institutions of higher learning, a great quality of life and a culture where government leaders and government agencies work together to create an environment for business success.
As I tell anyone considering Delaware as a place to grow, we are working everyday to be more responsive, nimble, and focused on jobs than any other state. Every week, I visit with business owners to figure out what we’re doing right and what we can do better – because we know people can’t grow their businesses without support from the community, business mentors and from government leaders.
We want potential entrepreneurs – whether they’re creating apps for phones or – like Chris Arnold building his barbershop business to find Delaware the right place to realize their business dreams. We can make Delaware more conducive to job creation, more appealing to prospective businesses and more attractive to young entrepreneurs like Chris Arnold, by making sure we work together every day to keep Delaware moving forward.