—Where things are made—
The Wilmington Alliance seeks to strengthen our support of small businesses citywide during and post the COVID-19 pandemic by launching WilmingtonMADE. Pre-COVID, small cities across America have been part of an economic development resurgence led by the private sector, which is striving to create inclusive economic environments across urban landscapes.
WilmingtonMADE is designed to build on the success of the Wilmington Strong Fund - which to-date has granted $1000 grants to more than 100 small businesses located throughout the city of Wilmington - by promoting these businesses and encouraging Wilmington residents to shop local. When the community rallies around locally owned businesses and makes a conscious effort to shop at local stores, everyone benefits.
WilmingtonMADE will build out a community-driven network to promote local businesses, restaurants, stores, and cafes citywide. We have listened to the needs of small business owners and are taking immediate action to ensure Wilmington remains open for business.
Why Shop Local?
What’s Spent Here, Stays Here
Locally owned businesses spend their profits locally, purchase more goods from local suppliers, and many employ local staff.
Get More for Your Money
When more money gets re-circulated in the community, general prosperity as well as tax revenues increase, creating a more vibrant and sustainable economy.
Local Businesses Offer Unique Character
A wide variety of locally owned businesses contributes to a stronger local identity and cultural diversity, creating an attractive place to live and visit.
Strengthening our locally owned business community promotes authentic and meaningful relationships between employees, business owners, customers, suppliers, and neighbors.
We all win when we live in the city, take better care of the environment,
and build a strong local economy!
Wilmington Alliance was formed in July of 2019 out of the merger of Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC) and Wilmington Leaders Alliance (WLA), to advance the city of Wilmington through intentional strategic collaborations with a culture that is inclusive and innovative. The Alliance focuses on targeted projects for greater impact and brings coordinating support to see these efforts through to completion. Our three areas of focus are: creative placemaking, community-based violence intervention and economic development & inclusion which includes workforce development, entrepreneurship, and support of local small businesses.
Cornerstone West CDC is a coalition of residents, businesses, churches, and local leadership working together to transform & strengthen the West Side community in Wilmington, DE. In June of 2011, more than 650 residents and over 100 other stakeholders worked together to develop the ten-year community strategy known as the West Side Revitalization Plan. Cornerstone West CDC is led by our Steering Committee, representing a broad range of community stakeholders including West Side residents, civic associations, neighborhood planning councils, institutions, and businesses. The committee is responsible for prioritizing projects, tracking implementation of the revitalization plan, and coordinating our partners.
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development is committed to ensuring a diversified local economy for the City by promoting and developing all varieties of industry and by initiating programs to increase job opportunities for residents of the City of Wilmington. They facilitate the development of retail, commercial, cultural, entertainment, and educational attractions as a means to attract new businesses and residents to the City. They also assist small, minority, and women owned businesses through training and technical assistance programs designed to facilitate greater access to the public/private marketplace.
Downtown Visions is a private, non-profit organization that manages the Business Improvement District (below). Our Main Street® program (below) not only saves historic buildings, but also focuses on small business recruitment, business marketing and promotion, all of which work towards the greater effort of creating new jobs.