City Council Member Hanifa Shabazz Calls for Entrepreneurs to Gather on February 18 for Training, Experience and Success

Posted on  02/12/2014 2:40 pm

4th District Council Member and Partners Have a Goal of Creating an Eastside RISING Empowerment Center to Produce Businesses and Jobs

Wilmington City Council Member Hanifa Shabazz (D-4th District) feels the amount of talent and skill evident in Wilmington from aspiring entrepreneurs is deep, but she says it needs to be continually nurtured and developed. To achieve one of the economic development objectives of the Eastside Rising strategic plan, the Council Member is partnering with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Central Baptist Community Development Corporation, Eastside Blueprint, Delaware State University and the University of Delaware to identify and bring together business owners and those who aspire to own a business.

The second of three planned gatherings for entrepreneurs will be held on Tuesday, February 18 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Central Baptist Church located at 9th and Pine Streets.

“We are urging those who are motivated to follow their dreams and succeed in business to come forward,” said the Council Member. “We need to identify entrepreneurs and bring them together for training and assistance to help them follow through on their plans to open a business or grow a business.”

Council Member Shabazz said the goal of the entrepreneurial meetings is to begin to assemble interested entrepreneurs on the Eastside of the City and throughout Wilmington for the establishment of an EASTSIDE RISING Economic Empowerment Center which will house various businesses, manufacturers and artisans and provide ongoing technical support and funding for creating business growth and new jobs.

The Council Member said the call is out for anyone who needs assistance with business development planning, marketing, pricing of products, delivery of services and food manufacturing. She said participants at the February 18 meeting just need to bring themselves, their plans and their enthusiasm.

Organizers offered examples of the types of business interests that will find next week’s gathering beneficial. They include carpentry, catering, IT tech support and development, party planning, electrical contracting, wedding planning, day care/early learning center, writing, publishing, web design, health and fitness, house/office cleaning, film making, song writing, general contracting, baking, clothing design, retail clothing distribution, food services, mobile food service and photography.

Those interested in attending the February 18 entrepreneurial gathering are asked to pre-register by calling Councilwoman Hanifa Shabazz at (302) 576-2140 or emailing her at