News & Events News & Events Wednesday, March 2, 2022 EDGE Grants Competition Now Open - Apply Today! The Division of Small Business is now accepting applications for its Encouraging Development, Growth and Expansion (EDGE) Grants competition from young Delaware companies in need of funding to help expand their business. Businesses who are less than five years old and employ no more than 10 employees are eligible to apply for an EDGE Grant. The grants are awarded through a competitive selection process. Five STEM-based companies can receive up to $100,000 for eligible expenses while five Entrepreneur Class (non-STEM) businesses can receive up to $50,000 for a total this round of 10 awards. EDGE is a matching grant program. The Division of Small Business matches a winning business’s investment on a 3-to-1 basis. The business can spend EDGE grant funds on expenses that help improve the company’s long-term chances of success, such as a marketing campaign to help acquire more customers or purchasing a needed piece of equipment that can increase production capacity. Applications for the competition round will be accepted from March 1 through March 31 at 5 p.m. Finalists will pitch their grant proposals to a panel of expert judges with winners announced in the summer. Apply Today! In this week’s Small Business Spotlight, we feature B.L. Ward & Associates, a Wilmington-based full service residential and commercial construction management company that also serves as a general contractor. The company, which has been in business for more than 12 years, serves residential and commercial customers and specializes in custom interior and exterior painting, repair work and remodeling. Learn More About B. L. Ward & Associates Interested in seeing your own small business (or a small business you love) featured in an upcoming newsletter? Send us an email with the business name, owner's name(s), a short summary of what the business offers and at least two photos of the business or owners to [email protected].