Our Members are provided with an abundance of business resources to get them on the pathway to success. Whether just starting a business or are expanding a thriving company, our small business counselors and seminars are available to Chamber Members who are looking for assistance, guidance, and business plan discussions with professionals. 

On-the-Job Training (OJT)

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce provides an On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program that offers area employers a unique opportunity to hire pre-screened applicants, while saving a substantial amount of money on training costs:

Training costs are reimbursed for an amount equivalent to 50% of the new hire hourly wage

  • Maximum reimbursement period per new hire is 6 months (the average is 3 to 4 months)

Who selects my new OJT employee?

  • You do! The employer receives a pool of pre-screened applicants for consideration and makes all decisions throughout the hiring process

  • OJT employees are the same as all other new hires, with one exception: they come to you with a cost-reimbursement benefit

  • On-the-Job Training cannot be funded after hiring takes place

Please contact us to discuss all of benefits and services that the program can provide to your company.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

The Small Business Administration offers a wide variety of business programs and services including lending, training, and government contracting opportunities. On site appointments are available at the Chamber.

To schedule an appointment or for additional information, contact Rosemarie Drake at 610-382-3078 or Rosemarie.Drake@sba.gov

SCORE

SCORE, sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA), is a volunteer group of retired and active business men and women who have had or currently maintain a successful career as an executive and entrepreneur. They offer free business counseling in which they share their knowledge and experience with anyone thinking of starting, expanding or maintaining a small business.

SCORE Counselors have various business backgrounds ranging from manufacturing to retail and services. Your particular area of interest can be matched to a counselor from any one of the seventy fields of expertise.

SCORE can help you evaluate your business opportunities, establish realistic profit goals, devise more effective marketing and get your expenses under control. SCORE appointments are completely free and confidential and are available at the Chamber every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

To meet with a SCORE counselor call 610-344-6910.

SBDC

Widener University Small Business Development Center is one of 18 centers in Pennsylvania and is an accredited affiliate of the national network of Small Business Development Centers. Their team of professional consultants works confidentially with entrepreneurs in Delaware County to help their businesses maintain a competitive edge.

SBDC consulting services are offered free of charge and your information is always confidential. You'll not only save money on hiring high-priced professional experts, you'll also find ways to increase revenues and boost your bottom line. SBDC offer consulting services across a wide range of business areas.

Contact Bruce Downing via 610-619-8492 or bddowning@widener.edu for programs and services information.

Delaware County Library System

Visit DCLS member libraries for free online journals, census info and more. The ReferenceUSA database lists information on US businesses including geographic criteria, private or public, zip codes, industry codes, yellow-page headings, names and number of employees. Users can access EDGAR reports for public companies.

Whether starting a business, seeking new customers, looking to expand or need to do research about a specific industry, the library has all the information you need. A library card is required for home access.