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The U.S. Small Business Administration is hitting the road for an 18-state tour to meet with entrepreneurs who may be eligible for early stage funding.

SBA officials will reach Delaware in between August 20-24, stopping in Wilmington on the way to cities in New England.

The SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs provide grants to companies with promising research and development ideas. Combined the programs provide $2.5 billion in funding to companies across industries.

“We are dedicated to supporting America’s entrepreneurs wherever they are. American innovation is not restricted by geographic or cultural boundaries,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said. “This tour reflects our commitment to ensuring that these innovators are aware of the resources that can help them turn a big idea into another great American innovation story.”

The tour will also engage women, individuals who are socially or economically disadvantaged and small business owners from underrepresented states. Local organizations will host the meet-ups.

NATIONAL ROAD TOUR SCHEDULE 2018:

The Southern Tour will run from April 16-20, with stops in Chattanooga, Tenn., Huntsville, Ala., Little Rock, Ark., Jackson, Miss., and Baton Rouge, La.

The Eastern Tour will run from June 18-22, with stops in Rochester, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Pa., Columbus, Ohio, Charleston, W.Va., and Durham, N.C.

The Pacific Northwest Tour will run from July 17-19, with stops in Portland, Ore., Seattle, Wash., and Anchorage, Alaska

Finally, the New England Tour will run from August 20-24, with stops in Wilmington, Del., New Haven, Conn., Providence, R.I., Manchester, N.H., and Portland, Maine

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