Delaware SBTDC Reorganization

Delaware SBTDC has reorganized its operations to better align the skill sets of our staff with the needs of Delaware’s business community. The purpose is to increase the quantity and quality of client services while reducing internal management overhead.

The trend in Delaware’s economy mirrors the US, where job growth is increasingly driven by the small business sector. This focus on entrepreneurship means opportunities for new business formations and growth for existing companies. The DSBTDC exists to help this happen. We offer free business advisory services and coaching in areas such as new market development, finding and applying for capital, human resource issues and resilience strategies. Our staff of experienced advisors have advanced skills and tools to assist in a variety of disciplines such as financial analysis, industry research, technology commercialization, digital media, agriculture, retail and export.

The DSBTDC structure is flatter. Business advisors are not bound by geographic boundaries but will assist wherever in Delaware their experience and skills are most needed. The education/training curriculum is being refreshed to better serve Delaware’s unique ecosystem and demographics.

Specifically, Barb Necarsulmer, Associate Director DSBTDC, will focus on new markets and strategy, outreach and enhanced communications. The DSBTDC will consolidate to two locations: Newark and Georgetown, Delaware. The DSBTDC center at Delaware State University (DSU) will close on January 1, 2014. However, DSBTDC will retain a presence at DSU through the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development. Clients from Kent County will be served by either Newark or Georgetown offices.

John Osoinach is reassigned as New Castle Director to lead and revamp the educational content and events for DSBTDC. DSBTDC business advisors Bob Rausch, Wendy Wen, Gary Simon, Carla Holland and Sharon Louth and the rest of the staff will engage clients as helpful.

Juanita Beauford will continue to lead the Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Bill Pfaff will continue to manage SBTDC operations at our Sussex Office.

Michelle Milewski is the new Administration lead for the State Director. Operational support comes from the University of Delaware OEIP.

Stay tuned throughout 2014 for periodic newsletters on our revitalized website, www.dsbtdc.org. These will discuss new features on DSBTDC programs and services and profiles of the staff.

Enjoy the holidays ahead!

Mike Bowman

State Director

Delaware SBTDC