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Sen. Carper Tours Small Businesses in Dover

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Sen. Carper touring small businesses in downtown Dover. (Photo: WBOC) Sen. Carper touring small businesses in downtown Dover. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware) spent the morning touring local, minority-owned businesses in downtown Dover to talk about their successes and troubles.

Tammy Parris owns Parris Nail Lounge, and she greeted the senator upon his arrival.

"Senator Carper coming down here and saying to me 'what you're doing is phenomenal,' that's a highlight," she said.

She has been open since December 2015, and says the Small Business Association helped her get her feet on the ground when she was trying to open.

"The Small Business Association helped me to get in contact with First State Community, and they were able to go ahead and loan me the funds that I needed in order for me to bring more of what I wanted into downtown Dover.," she said.

The Small Business Administration has a division in Delaware, and it helps connect small business owners with the resources they need to succeed.

Some would say the downtown Dover area struggles economically, with empty storefronts and closing shops. Carper says it takes everyone working seamlessly together to build these types of partnerships.

"I just want to make sure that when people have an idea or a passion for a business that we help them," he said. "And if they need access to capital that we help them have money, if they need access to space we help them there, help them put together a business plan or how to incorporate, we help them."

He says the goal of Friday's tour was to see how businesses are improving downtown Dover. After the walking tour, small business owners sat down with Sen. Carper for a discussion on certain barriers that exist with minority business ownership.

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