The Women’s Business Center At First State Community Loan Fund To...

The Women’s Business Center At First State Community Loan Fund To Host Shop Small Saturday Marketplace


Local small business owners are teaming up to make supporting local and holiday shopping easier this Shop Small Saturday with the “SHOP SMALL MARKETPLACE” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 25, 2017 at The Delaware Contemporary on the Wilmington Riverfront. The event, hosted by The Women’s Business Center at First State Community Loan Fund (WBC), will celebrate local women-owned businesses and clients of the WBC by creating this one-stop-shop for shoppers who want to support local.

A wide variety of businesses are set to participate, and shoppers can expect to find goods from local artisans, creative home goods, fashionable accessories, specialty bath and body products, unique jewelry and more.

For merchants, this Marketplace provides a chance to leverage on foot traffic, expose their businesses to a local consumer base, and capitalize on the national buzz around Shop Small Saturday. For shoppers, the Marketplace will make scoring unique finds and supporting local easy.

“We’re excited to help our local small businesses grow and create a unique platform for our clients to gain exposure right here in our community,” said Sara Crawford-Jones, Director of the Women’s Business Center. “We think this Marketplace is a win-win model for both small businesses and shoppers.”

The Marketplace is the first of its kind organized The WBC is a “hub” for specific women business development and support services in the State of Delaware. The mission of the Women’s Business Center at First State Community Loan Fund (WBC) is to act as the catalyst for providing in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented business services to women entrepreneurs. The WBC provides intensive business training that includes courses on business plans, business financing, social media, and marketing analysis. In addition, the WBC will provide the opportunity for new women-owned businesses to be mentored by existing, successful women business owners.

The WBC not only offers technical assistance services, but also helps connect women business owners to capital to help start or grow their business. The partnership between the WBC and First State Community Loan Fund allows women and entrepreneurs to not only access much needed capital, but also receive valuable business assistance pre and post loan.

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