DeStefano to leave state Small Business post; Deputy Director Schulties named as successor

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Damian DeStefano is leaving the Department of State’s Director of Small Business post, effective March 5th.

The position, which was created after the Delaware Economic Development Office’s restructuring, turned into a high-profile post as the coronavirus pandemic took hold and emergency orders were issued.

The Division of Small Business, working with the Delaware Division of Public Health, was charged with dealing with many of the shutdown and reopening process details.

The Small Business Division also handled state loan-grant programs designed to aid restaurants and other hard-hit establishments.

“Obviously, this is a big loss for all of us. Damian has played a key role over the past year, not only as a division director but as a leader in our efforts to minimize the damage of the pandemic on the state’s economy, and especially to our small business owners and their employees. I’m incredibly thankful for the contribution Damian has made to the state, and obviously, I wish him all the best in his new endeavor in the private sector,” says Secretary of State Jeff Bullock.

Jordan Schulties has been named the new Director effective March 8th. Jordan currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Division. She has been the Deputy of the Division since 2016. “With a full grasp of all aspects of the work that we are doing, both within the division and in addressing the pandemic, I’m very sure Jordan will serve the department, the state, and the small business community well,” says Bullock.

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