Delaware rolled out its DE WINS! initiative last week, with prizes including cash, college tuition, Funland packages and low-digit license plates for randomly selected vaccinated Delawareans. You should be seeing more smaller incentives as well, as $5,000 DE Wins! small business grants are being awarded to 200 Delaware businesses to reimburse them for offering incentive discounts and freebies for vaccinated patrons.
“Delaware’s small business community has shown a real enthusiasm for participating in the program,” said Jordan Schulties, director of the Division of Small Business, in a statement. “The Division is administering the grant program, including evaluating the proposed promotions. The number of businesses that want to offer incentives, as well as the creativity the business owners have shown in designing promotions that appeal to their customers, is impressive. Small businesses stepped up during the pandemic to serve their customers. Now they’re helping once again by giving their customers another reason to get vaccinated.”
You can keep track of these offerings on the DE WINS! partners map, a regularly updated interactive map of participating businesses.
Just a few of the incentives so far include:
- Free admission to Hagley Museum & Library through June 30
- Free dessert with a meal at Bardea or a free square pizza slice at Pizzeria Bardea at DECO in Wilmington
- $100 off a session at Ink and Energy Tattooing in Lewes
- Free cookie and cupcake bundle from Kee’s Cookies & Cupcakes in Clayton
- Free iced tea or lemonade at Walt’s Chicken in Wilmington
- Free dine-in spaghetti & meatballs at Mrs. Robino’s in Wilmington
- One free week of farm-to-table subscription service from Second Chances Farm in Wilmington
- 20% off at Beautiful U Hair Salon in Delmar
- A free meal at Oak Orchard Diner in Millsboro
- Free pizza combo at the Liberty Gas (see: the very underrated Quickmeal Kabobs House & Brick Oven Pizza) in Wilmington
- Free detergent or free wash at Lucky Star Laundromat in Wilmington
- A free oil change at Greenhill Auto Service in Wilmington
- One week free meal delivery from Lunch Karma in Newark
- Free dessert at Mexican Post Restaurant in Wilmington
- Two free games of bowling at Mid County Lanes in Middletown
- Free flat whites for a month at Milk & Honey Coffeehouses in Wilmington
- Free appetizer at Miyagi Ramen Bar in Rehoboth Beach
- Free flyfishing lessons at A Marblehead Flyfisher in Wilmington
- A free shot at Oddity Bar in Wilmington
- Free breakfast at R&B Deli in Dover
- Free show tickets at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington
- Two free tickets to a show at Milton Theater in Milton
More businesses will be announced and added to the map soon. Keep in mind that the incentives are limited and may go quickly. You may be required to show your vaccination card to receive the freebie or discount.
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