Cape Gazette

Sher Valenzuela and First State Manufacturing, a small business resource

Aug 06, 2012
Source: Submitted Sher Valenzuela

Sher Valenzuela, a candidate for lieutenant governor, wants starting a business and making it grow to be an easier endeavor than the one she went through with her husband, Eli, and business partner, Ashley Wolfe. So, she is creating a business accelerator with the help of Delaware State University to help others travel through the minefield of government bureaucracy to help them find and use resources already available.

But that’s not all.

In the recently released Small Business Resource magazine put out by the Delaware Small Business Administration, an article about Valenzuela and First State Manufacturing tells about how they work to help everyone in their community and in Delaware. The article tells about how FSM supports Junior Achievement by donating 13,000 square feet of space to establish a Junior Achievement campus, and how Valenzuela serves on the board of the Workforce Investment Board, chairs the City of Milford Economic Development Panel and helped create the first Governor’s Entrepreneurial Business Conference. Free sewing classes are also offered to the community at the production company.

First State Manufacturing is an example of a small business success story, but its owners don’t want it to be the last one.

“We want to help people. We don’t need any more government programs; we just need to be able to use the ones that already exist,” said Sher Valenzuela.

First State Manufacturing is a growing industrial upholstery company located in Milford.  Sher Valenzuela is a cofounder and vice president of the company. The company was named one of the Best Places to Work in Delaware by Delaware Today magazine, and it is a U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Vendor of Excellence. The SBA magazine will be available through 2013.

For more information on the SBA article, go to

For more information on Sher Valenzuela and her plans to help Delaware, go to




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