Small Business Alliance

The Small Business Alliance is the Delaware State Chamber's affiliate whose primary focus is fostering the growth and success of Delaware's small businesses. Making up more than 80 percent of the State Chamber's membership, small businesses are an important voice to the Chamber's yearly agenda.


The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Alliance serves Delaware businesses of fewer than 150 employees by providing leadership in legislative advocacy to ensure the business climate in Delaware is conducive to the support of existing and newly created small businesses in a dynamic economy, safeguarding their long-term competitiveness and the retention of private-sector jobs. The Small Business Alliance will also deliver programs, services, communications and networking opportunities, all focused on enhancing the continued success of member businesses.

The SBA will:
- Provide access to all State Chamber programs, events and business information.
- Foster communications between the State Chamber Board and its small business members.
- Lobby on behalf of its members, urging for legislation that is beneficial as well as not burdensome or harmful to small businesses.
- Offer valuable networking opportunities with business leaders and elected officials.

Small Business Resources

In conjunction with Bank of America Small Business Banking, the Small Business Alliance provides access to the Small Business Community. Through this relationship, Chamber members and member employees will have access to an online resource for expert insights, insider tips, and the industry knowledge you need to see your business grow. Click here to visit the Small Business Community.

Small Business Events

The Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business awards program recognizes and celebrates small business excellence at an annual luncheon. Winning companies gain enormous visibility in the community upon winning this award. The State Chamber also publicizes winners in its award winning Delaware Business magazine, through press releases and throughout the state with Superstars on the Road. Find out more about our Superstars in Business Awards program.

Small Business Day in Dover brings small business owners to Legislative Hall to attend a Delaware House Small Business Caucus meeting and to discuss legislative issues around small business. The day emphasizes the importance of getting to know not only the legislators representing the district in which you live but also the legislators that represent the district in which you work, because the strongest voice in Legislative Hall is yours.

Small Business Saturdays in Delaware

The campaign to recognize and support local businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving has taken hold across our country. Now part of the annual Black Friday dialogue, Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to remind people about the important role that small businesses play in our state. Rather than focus on one Saturday in the month of November, Delmarva Broadcasting Company and the Small Business Alliance of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce are making the first Saturday of every month “Small Business Saturday in Delaware.”

Small Business Alliance Board of Managers

* Robert Smith
Santora CPA Group

            Charles Gillean
Global Supplier Diversity Strategies
* G. Kevin Fasic, Esq.
Cooch & Taylor, P.A.

  Chad Moore
The Bellmoor
Gregory Ballance
Diamond Technologies, Inc. 

  Chip Rankin
MilliCare by EBC
Timothy U. Boulden
Boulden, Inc.

  Michael Reath
Delmarva Broadcasting Company
Pam Cornforth
Ronald McDonald House of Delaware
  Priscilla Turgon
Professional Staffing Associates, Inc.
Joseph Farley Jr.
Associates International, Inc.  

  Michael Vanderslice
Environmental Alliance, Inc.
Donald T. Fulton
George J. Weiner Associates
  * Co-Chairs



Advisory Council

Ken Anderson
Delaware Economic Development Office   
     Stephan Lehm
VanDemark & Lynch, Inc.
Lawrence DiSabatino
DiSabatino Construction Company

  Dennis M. Salter
New Castle Insurance
John Fleming
Small Business Administration,
DE District Office

  Christopher Scarpitti
Martha Gilman
Gilman Development Company

  Ryan Shears
Baker Tilly
John E. Healy III
Healy Long & Jevin, Inc.

  Michael S. Uffner
AutoTeam Delaware

For more information about the Small Business Alliance, please contact Kelly Wetzel, Manager of the Small Business Alliance.