Governor’s Weekly Message: Helping Small Businesses Succeed

DOVER –  In his weekly message, Governor Markell focuses on helping Delaware small businesses grow.

“Dupont,  Perdue, and W-L Gore may be large employers now, but each began as the passionate project of some inspired entrepreneurs,” said Governor Jack Markell.  “Every day, new entrepreneurs step forward, launching themselves into the hard but critical work that comes from working for yourself.”

This week, the Governor joined business and academic leaders, as well as National Governors Association Chairman Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska in Washington, D.C.  for the Kauffman Foundation’s 3rd Annual “State of Entrepreneurship Address.”   Each semester, the Delaware Economic Development Office and others  bring together dozens of existing and potential entrepreneurs to offer intensive training and guidance through the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac program.   The curriculum offers important insight in areas critical to building a business.

“It was clear from this collaborative discussion that some of the old debates and divides that mar economic policy discussions in other places just aren’t relevant at this point in history,” said Governor Markell.  “In the fight to help employers – particularly small businesses– grow, we need to stay focused on how states can enable,  rather than inhibit, growth.  We need to remain committed to making government more responsible, making our public schools stronger, and on creating a business environment that encourages growth and opportunity. Our state is full of so many active and budding entrepreneurs.  Whether as a government committed to creating a climate for success or as individual consumers committed to supporting small businesses with how and what we buy, we need to support small businesses and their entrepreneurial spirit  as we work together to keep Delaware moving forward.”

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