Membership Organizations and Industry Groups
Delaware’s innovation economy is supported by a diverse infrastructure of chambers of commerce, networking groups and industry associations.
Located in the heart of Wilmington’s business district, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce helps businesses of all sizes in Delaware achieve success through a variety of educational programs and business services, including: legislative advocacy, communications and publications, small-business benefits and services, and networking events.
At the county and local levels, the State Chamber of Commerce is complemented by organizations such as the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce and the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce.
Members of the Delaware Business Roundtable include the CEOs and other executives of AAA Mid-Atlantic, AstraZeneca, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Navient, Verizon and many more. This group of C-level leaders works together on a volunteer basis to promote commerce, job creation and entrepreneurship in the First State.
The Delaware BioScience Association’s mission is to make Delaware a global leader in life sciences by uniting the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, research, financial and agricultural players in the region. The tri-state region of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey already represents 80 percent of the U.S. pharmaceuticals industry.
Inspiring Women in STEM creates conferences and other professional development programming that is designed to support and encourage women to pursue and excel in STEM careers.
A government-funded nonprofit aimed at boosting the competitiveness of Delaware-based manufacturers in the global market, the Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership partners with other business organizations and chambers of commerce to provide clients with their industry’s best practices, processes, business improvement methodologies and more.
The Tech Forum of Delaware hosts educational seminars and networking events aimed at connecting Delaware entrepreneurs in the technology business with one another, as well as building up and promoting the tech community in the state.
Chambers of Commerce
Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce
This chamber promotes businesses in what is collectively known as
“The Quiet Resorts.”
Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce
The chamber’s purpose is to advance economic development by promoting the civic, industrial, commercial, agri-business and social interests of the community. Its mission also includes enhancing the freedom of private business to operate competitively and with minimal regulation.
Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford
The chamber supports the economic development of the Greater Milford area.
Delaware Small Business Chamber of Commerce
The chamber supports small businesses — those with 100 or fewer employees — throughout the state and in surrounding communities.
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
The state’s chamber helps businesses of all sizes in Delaware achieve success through a variety of educational programs and business services, including legislative advocacy, communications and publications, small-business benefits and services, and networking events.
Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce
The chamber represents businesses in and around this Sussex County town.
Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
The chamber represents businesses and organizes events in and around historic Georgetown.
Greater Laurel Chamber of Commerce
The Laurel chamber has more than 100 members and helped create the Southern Delaware Heritage Trail.
Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
The chamber promotes businesses and tourism in the area where the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean meet.
Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce
The chamber is dedicated to the economic development of the Southern New Castle County area, providing advocacy, leadership and networking to the business community.
Milton Chamber of Commerce
The chamber promotes businesses in and around historic Milton, birthplace of five governors.
New Castle County Chamber of Commerce
The chamber creates business-development opportunities for members and advocates for a strong economy throughout the county.
Rehoboth-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce
The chamber promotes business and tourism in these lively, scenic resorts.
Western Sussex Chamber of Commerce
Located in Seaford, the chamber serves as the voice of Western Sussex County businesses.
Industry and Networking Groups
Delaware BioScience Association
The association’s mission is to catalyze the growth of Delaware’s bioscience industry. To that end, it facilitates connections, puts on events, helps members get better purchasing deals, and advocates at the state and federal levels.
Delaware Business Roundtable
The roundtable is a volunteer organization of CEOs who collectively employ more than 75,000 Delawareans. It promotes commerce, job creation and select public policy issues.
Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership (DEMEP)
DEMEP helps Delaware manufacturers stay competitive in a changing global marketplace by providing resources that enable them to acquire and apply technologies, utilize new resources, reduce waste, streamline processes and drive sales growth.
First State Innovation
First State Innovation’s mission is to increase Delaware’s entrepreneurial capacity. The organization helps technology-based and early-stage businesses find traditional seed capital, alternative funding, talent and other startup resources.
Inspiring Women in STEM
Inspiring Women in STEM was created to deliver high-quality professional-development programming and conferences. Its mission is to encourage, support and inspire
female scientists, engineers and other
Tech Forum of Delaware
The Tech Forum’s goal is to help entrepreneurs identify business opportunities and build profitable relationships around the region. This mission is supported with monthly programming, alternating between educational seminars
and professional networking. ID