Delaware Information and Templates to assist with your business Plan

Find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise. Browse these tools, then contact your SCORE mentor to get help putting your ideas into action.

Most Requested Resources

  • Business Plans & Startup Assistance Resources - Give your business the best possible chance of success. Where do you want to go? How are you going to get there? A business plan gives your business direction, defines your objectives, layout strategies to achieve your goals. Ask our mentors for guidance: Together let's review and refine your plan.
  • Accounting & Cash Flow Resources -  An essential part of the business planning is the forecast of future revenues and expenses to predict the outcome of your organization's results in future periods. Short and medium-term financial projections are a required part of your business plan if you want serious attention from investors. Download the financial projections Excel template to calculate your startup expenses, payroll costs, sales forecast, cash flow, income statement, balance sheet, break-even analysis, financial ratios, cost of goods sold, amortization and depreciation for your small business.
  • Start Up RoadMap - This link is provided for client use to access the SCORE Start Up Road Map for new business ventures. 

Local Resources

  • Delaware One Stop - Created by the Delaware Secretary of State, this site provides unique access to information about licensing, registration, hiring, and withholdeing as well as information regarding starting a business in Delaware. 

  • MyMarketplace (State of Delaware) - The State of Delaware Procurement Portal is an all-inclusive site providing information on how to do procurement business with the state.

  • Delaware PTAC - The Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Delaware (PTAC) offers assistance to Delaware businesses in a number of areas, such as….Free and confidential one-on-one counseling; Registration with the System Award Management(SAM); Electronic Bid Matching Service; Various vendor website registration assistance; Interpreting government solicitations; Government contract research assistance; Advice on procurement policies and trends; Assistance with contract preparation; Assistance with GSA Federal Supply Schedules; Help finding potential bidding partners; Key government and corporate buyer contacts; Identification of contract teaming and joint venture partners

  • Ascent Learning Platform (SBA Sponsored) - Created by the Small Business Administration this platform has 5 'journeys' to assist entrepreneurs in understanding ohw to manage their business and move it to the next level. 

  • Delaware Division of Corporations (DE Secretary of State) - The Delaware Division of Corporations within the Secretary of State Department is the official site for forming your business in Delaware. It contains a process flow chart with appropriate live links and information on different business entity types.

  • Delaware Division of Small Business: This site is provide by the State of Delaware and provides resources from across the State including governmental and nonprofit agencies dedicated to assisting and promoting small business success in Delaware. Various business event calendars are also available as well as individual contacts at the State level. 

  • Delaware Prosperity Partnership: Delaware’s General Assembly created this public private partnership in 2017. they work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as the state’s lead resource to attract, retain and grow businesses; build a stronger entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem; and to support private employers in identifying, recruiting and developing talent in the state of Delaware.

  • Office of Supplier Diversity - The Delaware Office of Supplier Diversity provides certification for veteran and minority owned businesses. This certification may provide your business new opportunities to do business with State government and major businesses that are committed to assisting certified businesses. 

  • First State Community Loan Fund (True Access Capital) - The First State Community Loan Fund is your first stop for business loans and other assistance for entrepreneurs who do not qualify for SBA secured loans or have poor credit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

  • $tand by Me (The Delaware Financial Empowerment Partnership)  - A joint project of the Delaware Office of Financial Empowerment and the United Way of Delaware, this organization offers free services with the goal of increasing personal economic security. They  provide personal financial coaching, Mind over Money workshops, Financial services , post-secondary educational services, and community referrals (for debt consolidation, foreclosures assistance, free tax preparation, matched savings programs, and home ownership counseling.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

  • World Trade Center - Interested in taking your business global and need assistance? The World Trade Center in Delaware is dedicated to assisting businesses in doing business world wide.

  • Reference Databases:

    • U.S Census Bureau Economic Statistics - Searchable economic survey data including the American Community Service and American Fact Finder databases.Pre-Business Plan Evaluation Questionnaire - If you can't answer these 9 questions then you aren't ready to begin writing your business plan!

    • Reference USA - Reference USA includes 30 million business profiles and 220 million residential entries. It can be used for developing mailing lists and market research. This is a free service provide by the Delaware Libraries but you must be an active library member (there is no charge for this) to use any of their facilities or this online service. 
    • Delaware Zoom Prospector: This online database powered by GIS technology includes multiple layers of data including demographic, site and building specifications, labor, and business data. It is sponsored (access is free) by the Delaware Prosperity Partnership (click for access to site). 
  • Delaware Alliance for Non-Profit Advancement - Considering forming a non-profit business? The Delaware Alliance for Non-Profit Advancement (DANA) offers workshops, networking, and many other resources to assist you. 

  • Grant Resources:

    • Candid.org- Considering obtaining a grant to help fund your business? This site is a collaboration of The Foundation Center and Guidestar provides information on funding sources as well as training and workshops on preparing grant requests. Grant funding is highly competitive, requires a detailed business plan, and is a labor intensive experience.

    • Grantwatch - This site provides access to grants and grant applications. This is a subscription service which is also available through a DANA membership.

    • Public Grants Database - This searchable grants spreadsheet has been compiled by volunteers at SCORE Delaware to capture currently available grants from public corporations and other sources.  These resources are not endorsed by SCORE Delaware. This document can be viewed as an Excel spreadsheet or a Google Sheet. 

    • Grants.Gov...A searchable database containing U.S. Government grants across multiple agencies. 

  • Woman's Business Enterprise Center - The Women's Business Enterprise Center (WBEC) East is an advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs in Pennsylvania, from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, as well as Delaware and Southern New Jersey. We believe diversity promotes innovation, opens doors, and creates partnerships that fuel the economy. That's why we provide the most relied upon certification standard for women-owned businesses, as well as world-class entrepreneurial training and education – combined with powerful tools and networking opportunities – to help them succeed.

  • Eastern Minority  Supplier Development Council - The mission of Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council is to stimulate and support economic development with minority-owned businesses (Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American). While our outreach addresses both national and international entities, our primary focus area includes Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.  The council fosters the development of minority business enterprises to better align them with corporations in an effort to initiate growth and opportunity through Supplier Diversity channels

  • MarketingCookbook_2016_0.pdf   - If you are developing your marketing plan this document is a tremendous resource for looking at various options to include in that plan. Every business has a unique client base and needs. Sorting through what is best for your business, and what is not appropriate, is critical to your marketing success. 

  • Business Insurance - All businesses require some type of insurance. Whether it is for property, liabilty, inventories, health, or regulatory you will need to include insurance in your businesss planning process. This link will take ou to the SBA information web site which provides an overview of these requirements. Ask your SCORE mentor for more specific local information. \

  • Food Business Incubation Center - The kitchen incubator at Delaware State University (DSU) is managed by the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development in collaboration with the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM). The commercial kitchen incubator is located in the Bank of Ame

  • MarketingCookbook_2016_0.pdf   - If you are developing your marketing plan this document is a tremendous resource for looking at various options to include in that plan. Every business has a unique client base and needs. Sorting through what is best for your business, and what is not appropriate, is critical to your marketing success. 

  • Food Business Incubation Center - The kitchen incubator at Delaware State University (DSU) is managed by the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development in collaboration with the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM). The commercial kitchen incubator is located in the Bank of America Building on DSU's Dover, Delaware campus. This non-profit offers new businesses in the food industry comprehensive services including certification in the SafeSev® food safety program and navigation of the State of Delaware HHS process for establishing a food service business. The also offer an incubator full service kitchen available as part of the program. 

  • Delaware Financial Literacy Institute (The Money School) - New and existing entrepreneurs looking for start up or working capital loans often don't realize that their personal credit status is critical for success. If your credit rating is less then pristine or you have issues managing personal finances, DFLI can provide programs and counseling that can help you regain control of your fiancial life. The Money School is a well respected source for personal and low cost financial counseling for individuals. 

  • Nhemiah Gateway CDCN  Nehemiah Gateway Community Development Corporation (NGCDC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to financial education and services for low-to-moderate income individuals.

  • Delaware Community Foundation -   The Delaware Community Foundation is a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the Delaware Community Foundation helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. This organization is a provider of grants, primarily for nonprofit initiatives and scholarships. 

 

Narrow by
Article

The Great Shutdown

                              Small Businesses’ Relief Resources There are an estimated 30 million small businesses in the United States that have been impacted by COVID-19 (... Read more
Template

LLC Operating Agreement

An operating agreement is a key document used for an LLC's that establishes the rights and responsibilities of each LLC member. It outlines the business's financial and functional... Read more
Article

Chose a Mentor To Guide Your Journey

Where do you want to go with your business? An entrepreneur at heart always seeks ways to grow and evolve.  It could be personal growth, expansion of markets served, improvement... Read more
Article

Delaware Financial Literacy Institute

Many small business owners and new entrepreneurs will need resources to provide start up and working capital for their new business. However, they fail ot realize that their... Read more
Article

WeTHINK mentors think on their feet, women in business reap benefits

Antara Dutta (Delaware SCORE Past President) and Ellyn Herbert (SBA, Economic Development Specialist) were recently featured as the lead article in the Delaware Business Times for... Read more

Article

Delaware Division of Corporations

The Delaware Secretary of State, Division of Corporations, is the primary source for establishing your new business.  Read more

Article

Finding Licensing Requirements in Delaware

If you need help finding information on personal or business licensing, the State of Delaware provides this site to assist business entrepreneurs in identifying the proper... Read more

Blog

The Changing State of the Office

June 15, 2021,

As the country reopens, it's important to bring employees safely back to the workplace. Keep these things in mind as your employees come back to work in person.

Blog

Why 8 Companies Offer Free Shipping On Their Website

June 10, 2021,

To help you decide if you want your company to offer free shipping, we asked operation experts and business leaders this question for their best advice

Checklist

How to Build and Use an Emergency Fund for Your Business

Emergency savings can help your business survive unexpected crises. Learn how much money to keep in your emergency fund, how to build it and when to use it. Read more

Blog

Laughing All the Way to the Bank

June 8, 2021,

Use laughter and humor to encourage customers to stay in your store longer and increase sales!

Blog

How to Get a Business Loan

June 7, 2021

If you want or need to apply for a business loan, use these steps to understand the application process.

Pages