Small Business Person award program expanded Volume 32/Number 2 The CDCC Small Business Commit- gram that will also heighten awareness 2008. As a new twist this year, members tee has announced an expansion and of a wider group of businesses doing attending the event will again have an February 2008 restructuring of the “Small Business business in Central Delaware. opportunity to vote a second time for Person of the Year” program to include The new program will award Excel- the person or company who best exem- more categories with new criteria to as- lence In Business awards to the Small plifies the meaning of the award. Votes The Central Delaware Chamber of sist with the selection process. Business Person of the Year, Entrepre- will be tallied and the three winners Commerce is the premier business or- The “Small Business Person of the neur of the Year, and Corporation of the will be announced at the conclusion of ganization that fosters economic Year” was first selected by the mem- Year through a nominating process the evening’s program. growth in Central Delaware. bership in 1975. During the last 32 similar to the one used to select the pre- Watch your mail during the first The Central Delaware Chamber of years, the structure of the Chamber’s vious Small Business Person. week of February for your nomination membership has changed. A great Once nominations are received from form. Take a few minutes to review the Commerce recognizes the following many entrepreneurs are becoming CDCC members at the Chamber office, criteria before selecting a corporation or values: trustworthiness, achievement, more involved in the Central Delaware they will be reviewed by the Small individuals that are worthy of receiving being engaged, and stability. Chamber of Commerce, and many Business Committee, made up of pre- an “Excellence In Business” award. business men and women have also vious winners of the award. Three To assist you with your selection, go grown their companies to over 50 em- members will be selected in each cate- to www.cdcc.net for a list of Chamber ployees. gory and subsequently voted on by the businesses. The Small Business Committee sees CDCC membership. Nomination forms must be received the new “Excellence In Business” The candidates in each category will at the CDCC office no later than Febru- awards to be more inclusive of today’s be honored during the “Excellence In ary 22nd. Ballots will be mailed to the In this issue… Chamber membership, and as a pro- Business” Dinner scheduled for May 8, membership on April 1st. 4th Power Networking Chamber to present legislators with ‘08 hot topics Feb. 21st Page 3 Kent County Senators and Repre- One of the committee’s continuing business community feels on issues sentatives are invited to meet with area goals is to become increasingly more that matter the most. Last year’s meet- business leaders on March 11th at proactive by communicating with our ing proved to be an informative inter- Entrepreneurship and Dover Downs® Hotel & Casino from elected officials. As a result, the Cham- action by both members and our 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The lunch meet- ber continues to lobby effectively on elected officials. You are encouraged to Small Business ing provides an opportunity for busi- actions that impact the business cli- get involved and make a difference. Conference ness men and women to get to know mate. Also, companies who would like to their legislators and to participate in The committee also feels it is impor- set up a tabletop display during the Feb. 27th open dialogue concerning business is- tant for members to be aware of legis- meeting are welcome to bring literature Page 5 sues. lation that will have an impact on their and materials to hand out for a cost of The Legislative Affairs Committee, businesses, whether the impact is neg- $75.00, which includes one lunch ticket. chaired by Scott Kidner, will present ative or positive. Call the Chamber office at 734-7513 3rd Annual Delaware the Chamber’s positions on proposed The lunch meeting on the 11th of if you wish to set up a display. Business Expo state and local legislation and regula- March will present a forum for mem- Invitations will be mailed in March tion. bers to let the legislators know how the for the luncheon. Mar. 5th Page 6 Sunset Business Mixer International Business Certification Series Page 8 1169 Walker Road, Dover Heather’s Holistic Health, home of massage, chiroprac- The Mixer provides an opportunity for Chamber mem- CHAMBER OF COMMERCE tic, acupuncture, spa packages and Yoga, invite you to bers to distribute business cards to a variety of other busi- OF THE UNITED STATES the next Sunset Business Mixer on Wednesday, February ness owners and representatives. What a great way to 27th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. talk to people on a one-to-one basis and perhaps meet a Heather’s Holistic Health is located at 1169 Walker new client or two. Road, Dover. Take Route 8 from Route 13. Turn right on Drawings will be held for door prizes and refreshments Salisbury Road/DE 15. Turn left on Walker Road. Go past will be available. the Hamlet Shopping Center and Catholic Charities. Call 734-7513 to make your reservations or email Heather’s Holistic Health is on the right side of Walker Devon at email@example.com. Road. Look for signs for additional parking. There is no fee to attend. Page 2 Chamber Connections, February 2008 Judy’s Did you know … It’s tax time - $ you could save up to 100 just Journal by using your CDCC Club Card Liberty Tax Service (302) 734-1850: 35% off for A New Year – New Changes returning customers who are Chamber mem- bers and for a new customer that wants to try With the New Year – comes new chal- low businesses. Liberty Tax Service for the first time, we offer a flat fee of $129, lenges and new opportunities for your You have already seen some of our new which includes one federal and one state return electronically filed. Chamber of Commerce and for you, our communication tools that we are incorpo- members. As you can see from this issue of rating – our E-News and our Legislative No bank products would apply to this offer. the Chamber Connections, we are making Connection – Call to Action. Both of these changes and adding value to your mem- tools are our way of keeping you abreast bership. We are working on a new Strategic Plan of what is happening in the County and what actions need to be taken to support Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce which will provide us with new direction, create new projects and programs, and will our free enterprise business environment. Coming in February, you will see our 2008 Calendar Of Events provide new services that will address new weekly column in the Delaware State February your needs. News – The Chamber Connection will ap- 6 CDEDC Meeting Dover Downs One of the changes that will be provid- pear every Wednesday starting on Febru- 7 Leadership Central DE Health & Human Services ing new opportunities for you is our “Ex- ary 6th. We are very pleased to have this 12 CDCC Board Meeting Dover Downs cellence in Business Awards.” (Covered in opportunity to collaborate with the 18 Presidents’ Day Office Closed detail on the front page.) We are very ex- Delaware State News to keep the business 19 Marketing Meeting Dover Downs cited about the changes being made to the community informed of issues and events 27 Sunset Business Mixer Heather’s Holistic Health Small Business Night because we feel it is that can and will directly affect their busi- more inclusive of our membership. With ness. March new categories and new criteria, we can So, with the New Year, comes new 5 CDEDC Meeting Dover Downs have more of our members recognized for CDCC programs, tools, and value for our 6 Leadership Central DE Education their outstanding performance. members. 11 CDCC Board Meeting Dover Downs I encourage all of you to take a look at Check out the new Chamber Connec- 11 Legislative Luncheon Dover Downs the nomination form when you receive it tion column in the Delaware State News 18 Marketing Meeting Dover Downs in your monthly mailing. Take note of the on Wednesday, February 6th. Let us know 20 CDEDC Dinner Sheraton new categories – the Entrepreneur and what you think. 21 Good Friday Office Closed Corporate Awards – added and the new Judy Diogo 26 Sunset Business Mixer Del State University criteria – and NOMINATE one of your fel- President April 2 CDEDC Meeting Dover Downs 3 Leadership Central DE Criminal Justice/Public Safety 8 CDCC Board Meeting Dover Downs 17 Bluesuiters Golf Tournament/CDCC Jonathan’s Landing 15 Marketing Meeting Dover Downs 23 Admin. Professionals Expo Del Tech 30 Sunset Business Mixer Wachovia Bank CHAMBER NEWS Chamber News Published by the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, the first ac- (USPS 462-490) credited Chamber of Commerce in Delaware. We represent the interests of is published monthly, the small business community. Over 800 businesses support CDCC. by the 2007-2008 OFFICERS Central Delaware BOARD OF DIRECTORS Did you know … Chamber of Commerce, 435 N. DuPont Highway, Alan Kovitz, Elevations Unlimited, LLC ..................................Chairman Lisa Hastings, Faw, Casson & Co., LLP ..........................1st Vice Chair David Burris, Pine Willow Acres ..............Vice Chair, Economic Develop. Ron Sayers, Dover, Delaware 19901. Sayers Jewelers & Gemologists ........Vice Chair, Organizational Dev. ou Y could give your sweetheart something nice for Valentine’s Day 302-734-7513 Kelly McKown, Incorporating Services, Ltd. ................Vice Chair, Community Affairs and save money just by using your CDCC Club Card: Scott Kidner, C.S. Kidner & Associates......Vice Chair, Legislative Affairs Dean Blaha, North American Energy Services ..............Vice Chair, Military Affairs Periodical ● Cook & Smith Florist (302) 678-8070: 10% off product on Earl Tanis, Bayhealth Medical Center ....................................Treasurer Postage Paid at Nelson Mesick, Sue’s Beauty Salon..............Vice Chair, Smyrna-Clayton local orders Dover, DE 19901 John Friedman, Pathway’s DUI ......................................Past Chairman ● Edible Arrangements (302) 698-4445: $4 off any DIRECTORS Bryant Bell, Wilmington Brokerage/Wilmington Trust arrangement George Bailey, Sam’s Club Peter Bradley, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino ● U Oughtta Be On Chocolate (302) 335-5234: 10% off total POSTMASTER: Dr. Joel Halpern, Halpern Eye Associates first order for Chamber members Send address changes to Mike Malkiewicz, Esq., Barros, McNamara, Malkiewicz & Taylor, PA Carol Young, Wachovia Bank Chamber News, Terry Burns, Burns & Ellis Realtors 435 N. DuPont Highway, Dr. Dan Houghtaling, Delaware Technical & Community College ou Y could even book a nice little getaway and save money just by Dover, DE 19901 Charles Rodriguez, R&R Commercial Realty, Inc. Victor Schimp, Sheraton Dover Hotel using your CDCC Club Card: PRESIDENT, Judy Diogo ● Burton Vacations (302) 674-4210: $25 Visa Gift Card for Subscription Price: STAFF Sandra J. Dale, Gina Aurora, Devon Fowler, Tammy Severson booking travel on www.burtonvacations.com & $50 Visa Gift $20.00 per year (included Member Chamber of Commerce of the United States in membership dues) Card for joining the business Chamber News Production and Layout by: Dover Post ● Cruise One (30) 698-6468: $50 Shipboard credit for 7 Additional mailings are available for a $20 subscription fee. In many cases, more than one nights or longer cruise. Other special discounts available at individual in a member business would like to receive information from the Chamber. By forwarding the subscription fee, the Chamber will satisfy the second class postage re- www.membercruises.com/cdcc-dover quirements and that individual will be added to the mailing list. Chamber Connections, February 2008 Page 3 Thanks For Your Renewal! medical risks and costs over a large repre- 36 Years Emil W. Tetzner, DMD, MS, PA sentative population. The goal of the plan Forney’s Ltd. 11 Years was to help ensure that every Delaware 32 Years R&R Commercial Realty, Inc. resident would have adequate health in- Delaware Petroleum Council 10 Years surance at no additional cost than what Marion Klein Lessard Builders, Inc. they were already paying to health care 31 Years 8 Years providers. Unfortunately, Delaware never Bob Moore Realty Company Tidewater Utilities, Inc. enacted his proposal, but it is still remem- 29 Years 7 Years bered today as The Dannemann Cure. Pizza Delight by Giacomo Artesian Water Company, Inc. Ernie has been honored with many cita- Ray’s Plumbing & Heating Services, Inc. Wild Meadows tions for his outstanding service to the 27 Years 6 Years community and his tireless efforts as a pub- Braun Engineering & Surveying Chinatown Buffett lic servant. Some of the positions he has 25 Years Delaware State Chamber of Commerce held over the years include the Governor’s Richard Y. Johnson & Son, Inc. Delmarva Auto Financial Services Revenue Study Committee, State Human 23 Years Paul and Janet Hutchison, Brokers Relations Commission, State Welfare Del-Homes, Inc. Pepsi Bottling Venture of Delmarva Ernst Dannemann Board, President of the Greater Dover Route 300 Used & Classic Cars 4 Years Chamber applauds Ernie Dannemann Chamber of Commerce, Coordinating 21 Years First Command Financial Planning for his commitment to the Chamber for 58 Committee for the Study of Education, In- Donna Stone 3 Years years! tergovernmental Aspects of Public Finance 19 Years Committee for Kent County, Council on Advantage Financial Services, Inc. Ernst Dannemann joined the Chamber Print Shack in 1949, when he began Dannemann Fab- Family Services, Chairman of Investment Boys & Girls Club 18 Years rics, Inc. in Dover, Delaware. His company Committee, Board of Pension Trustees, American Legion-Walter L. Fox Post #2 2 Years eventually expanded to include 13 stores President of Delaware News Council, Per- Chabbott Petrosky Commercial Realtors Ltd. Choices for Community Living-Delaware between Long Island, NY and Virginia. sonnel Search and Screening Committee, 16 Years Computertots/Computer Explorers Ernie retired as Chairman of the Board in Board of Trustees for the Medical Center of Diamond State Party Rental Edmunds Direct Mail, Inc. 1978. Delaware, Indigent Health Care Task Paul Edwards Carpet International Game Technology Over the years, Ernie became one of Force, President of DelaCare, Inc. Board of 14 Years Seiberlich Trane Delaware’s most successful entrepreneurs, Directors of OperaDelaware, and Board of Regulatory Services, Inc. TN Ward Company and served on many committees which Trustees of University of Delaware. Where Pigs Fly Restaurant Yellow Book had a major impact on Delaware and in im- Thank you, Ernie, for your commitment 13 Years 1 Year proving the state’s governmental opera- to the Central Delaware Chamber of Com- Halpern Eye Associates Celebrations Concierge Service tions. merce and to your community. Orthodontics on Silver Lake, PA Garzia Heating and Cooling In 1989, Ernie wrote the DelaCare health 58 Years 12 Years George, Miles, & Buhr, LLC plan which was designed to spread the Ernst Dannemann Atlantic Concrete Co., Inc. Patterson & Kelly, P.A. NEW MEMBER Central DE Chamber of Commerce Principal Medical Services, Inc. presents our 177 JP’s Drive, Dover, DE 19901 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Patrick McHugh .......................................................... 302-563-5470; Fax: 302-355-3661 4th Power Networking Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other Main Street Dover’s chamber members and get instant leads! 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Thursday, February 21st Saturday, March 15, 2007 • 2:00 p.m. 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Downtown Dover Outlook at the Duncan Center For information, please 500 W. Loockerman Street, Dover, DE 19904 call 302-678-9112 or see us on the web It’s like speed dating for the business world. You will be given a table card www.dovermainstreet.com when you enter which will tell you where to go first. You will have one minute to promote your business to the others seated at the table. After everyone at the table has finished, you will move to a different table as noted on your card and continue the same scenario until everyone has gone through five rotations. After that, there will be time for open net- working to meet anyone you would like to talk more with others who were interested in your services or goods. Think about it – A one minute com- mercial to potential new customer/clients – FREE! Space is limited to the first 25 people You MUST pre-register! Please email, fax or call the office today to make your reservation and guarantee your seat. There can only be one representative per depart- ment or company. Once your reservation is received, you must send an al- ternate if you are unable to attend. You may bring any brochures, materials, coupons or products you would like to, but definitely bring lots of business cards! Name: ________________________________________________________ Business: ____________________________________________________ Page 4 Chamber Connections, February 2008 ther way. If a business owner agrees to 302-423-4204, Office Phone: 302-734-4364 ence Room starting at 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 sponsor the Aflac plans, I can set up a and Fax: 302-734-4567. E-mail address: a.m. Everyone that attends this program Flex-one (flexible spending) account FREE email@example.com. Also, take a will receive a collectable, talking Aflac for pre-tax premiums and businesses can moment to visit www.aflac.com. Duck. Hope to see you there! benefit through pre-tax savings. The pay- Note: I will be giving a brief Aflac Call the Chamber at 734-7513 to re- roll rates are better than the direct rates, so product overview on Thursday morning, serve your seat on the 21st. Refreshments any time an employee can access the Aflac February 21, 2008 at the CDCC Confer- will be served. There is no cost to attend. plans through their employer it is a win- win situation for the employees and the employer. Remember, Aflac provides financial Nancy Feldman stability and security when an employee to provide or individual needs it the most; by paying CASH directly to them. For example: if Overview on Aflac Plans Nancy M.B. Feldman they get a Sickness or Cancer, have a District Sales Coordinator Heart Attack or Stroke, or if they have an Accident and need to be hospitalized, Thursday, February 21, 2008 An Independent Associate Aflac will be there to help! As a dedicated Representing Aflac 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Agent – District Sales Coordinator, repre- I am in my first year with Aflac and my senting Aflac, I will be there to help as recent career change from Human Re- well. I moved to Dover, DE from McMur- CDCC Conference Room source Management – Employment after ray PA, 21 years ago and during my time 12 years has been very inspiring as well as in Delaware I have demonstrated a sincere 435 N. DuPont Highway Nancy Feldman District Sales Coordinator rewarding. As an Independent Agent, Dis- passion for delivering outstanding cus- Dover Alfac trict Sales Coordinator representing Aflac, tomer service. my goal is to continue developing and How can you help me? It is as easy as Aflac provides Cash directly to an individual when they need it most as a building long-term business and profes- 1-2-3 … ask me about: sional relationships. If you as a business 1. Becoming an Associate-Agent with result of sickness or cancer, heart attack, or stroke, or if an individual has owner decide to offer the Aflac products Aflac an accident, including a broken tooth, for example. to your employees, I have found that less 2. Establishing a Broker-Partnership is more. A plan or two introduced each with Aflac Nancy M.B. Feldman, Aflac District Sales Coordinator, will discuss year seems to work out very well. If you 3. Accessing the Aflac Benefit Plans ei- 1. Becoming an Associate-Agent with Aflac are interested, I would love the opportu- ther through payroll or direct 2. Establishing a Broker-Partnership with Aflac nity to be your Aflac Agent. I am currently I normally schedule a 30 minute meet- licensed in DE, MD, PA and FL. ing to go over the products and narrow 3. Accessing the Aflac benefit plans either through payroll or direct The products do not cost a business down the selection that best meets a busi- owner and the products will add addi- ness owner or individuals current needs; Attendees will receive a collectable, talking Aflac duck tional value to the benefits a business al- by putting a long-term plan of action in Continental breakfast ready has in place or Aflac can be the only place. My contact information is as fol- benefits a business offers their employees. lows: Mailing address is 134 Middessa RSVP to CDCC at 734-7513 to reserve your seat The value added advantage can work ei- Crossing, Dover, DE 19904. Cell phone: Chamber Connections, February 2008 Page 5 Terry Campus to Partner with CDCC If you want to create or expand your own plan to cultivate small business appeal in neurship Technology Chair and Instructor “Government Contracting Resources” and business, there is an entire team of Kent area schools and host various workshops to Evie Zerefos, those who want to start a busi- “Understanding Your Market Area: Kent County professionals ready to help you suc- encourage individual enrichment. ness but have no direction may be setting County Demographics” are just a few of the ceed and an event to get you started. The “The key to economic success in Kent themselves up for failure and should con- topics to be discussed. Central Delaware Business & Entrepreneur- County is to support the growth of small sider attending the conference as a solid first Registration for the Feb. 27 conference is ship Consortium will host the 2008 Entre- businesses,” Dr. Houghtaling said. step. “Starting a business with no direction now open for a fee of $25 which will include preneurship & Small Business Conference The consortium’s first effort to reach out is like going on vacation without a roadmap. breakfast and lunch. Businesses may also sponsored by Delaware Technical & Com- to the Kent County business community When you begin, there are specific steps to pay $50 for table space in order to present munity College, Terry Campus on Wednes- will be through the 2008 Entrepreneurship write a business plan, obtain licenses, ac- their products and services during a busi- day, February 27. & Small Business Conference sponsored by quire funding and more.” ness exposition. The conference will take About a year ago, Delaware Tech’s Cor- Delaware Technical & Community College’s The conference will include various place in the Terry Campus Conference Cen- porate and Community Programs Division Terry Campus. With the theme “Your Guide workshops, small roundtable discussions, ter from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. realized the opportunity for small business to Education, Resources and Success,” the moderated panel discussions featuring local To register for the conference, receive growth in Central Delaware. With an inter- forum will welcome any who are interested business leaders and a keynote speech from program information and reserve a table in est in this opportunity, they began to re- in starting or improving a small business. Dogfish Head President Sam Calagione. the exposition, call Lisa Stahley at 302-857- search how areas similar to Kent County According to Terry Campus Entrepre- “Delaware’s Position in the New Economy,” 1400. achieved small business success. The com- mon theme throughout the research showed working relationships between industry services. Consequently, the Central Chamber reviews its strategic plan Delaware Business & Entrepreneurship Members of the Chamber’s Executive 2. Achievement served as a guideline for accomplishing cer- Consortium was born. Committee are meeting to update the 3. Being Engaged tain goals established at that time. Many of The purpose of the consortium is to as- CDCC 2005 Strategic Plan. 4. Stability the goals set out in the plan were achieved sist in the economic vitalization of Central Alan Kovitz of Elevations Unlimited, The core values and principles lay the during the last two years. Delaware by promoting entrepreneurial LLC, and Chairman of the Central Delaware foundation for all decisions. Thus the values An increase in marketing efforts was at- spirit and enhancing the small business en- Chamber of Commerce, serves as modera- outlined in the strategic plan focus on trust- tained by creating better marketing tools, vironment. The group will do this by pro- tor during the process to help the committee worthiness, the key element that guides the making use of technology to upgrade the viding educational opportunities for skill review the direction and goals for a suc- actions of the Chamber followed by achiev- website, better managing the database, and development, supplying personal consult- cessful future of the organization. ing what the organization sets out to do and offering the Chamber Connections newslet- ing with industry professionals and contin- The mission statement and values of the completing projects and programs. The next ter online. uing supportive relationships with each organization remain the same. The Vision value is being more engaged and involved The Chamber also improved member- business. The idea is that business owners Statement reads: in the community through partnerships and ship value by adding new benefits such as will find success when they work together. The Central Delaware Chamber of Com- through the Chamber membership. Finally, the Chamber Club Card, reviewing surveys According to Delaware Tech Corporate merce is the premier business organization it was determined that the organization for input from the membership, and engag- and Community Programs Division Direc- that fosters economic growth in Central needs to be stable. Not only the staff of the ing the membership committee to be more tor Dr. Daniel Houghtaling, the consortium Delaware. 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Policy Forms: GRI-PA-19.1-06 & GRI-PA-21 Updated 11/2/07 Page 6 Chamber News, February 2008 A “Military Affaire” Civilians and military met at the Annual much they rely on the community support Commander of the 512th Airlift Wing Re- Military Affaire at The Landings on Dover given back to them. He finished his re- serve Unit; General Hank McCann, Com- Thanks to the following busi- Air Force Base to share a few hours and get marks by relating a humorous story that mander of the 261st Signal Brigade; and nesses for supporting this event: to know one another. happened to him on base while he was Major Leslie Carter of the 421st TST. Brief Primary Sponsor: Employer Sup- Men and women of the 436th Airlift Governor. remarks were also given by Major General port of the Guard and Reserve. Wing at Dover Air Force Base, members of Emcee Representative Donna Stone ex- Francis Vavala, Adjutant General of the 5 Star Sponsors: C.S. Kidner & As- the 512th Air Force Reserve Wing, and in- plained that the base recently received the Delaware National Guard. sociates, Chesapeake Utilities, Com- dividuals of the Delaware National Guard, AMC Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Gene Hebert of the Employer Support cast Cablevision, Delaware Technical and Army Reserve shook hands and so- Excellence Award and Team Dover is now of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) asked & Community College, Dover Fed- cialized with business owners and em- vying for the “Best in the Air Force” award. that employers recognize the essential role eral Credit Union, Dover Downs, ployees and elected officials at the Donna stated, “An evaluation team does of the National Guard and Reserve who are Fairfield Inn & Suites/Residence Inn reception. not need to visit Dover to determine the trained to respond to their community and by Mariott, Sayers Jewelers & CDCC members took the opportunity winner, anyone in this room can positively country in time of need. He recognized Gemologists, and Sam’s Club. to thank those in uniform for all they do for state that the best in the Air Force is Team Dover Downs as being an ardent supporter 4 Star Sponsors: Robert M. all of us every day. Dover.” of ESGR. Receiving the award for Dover Berglund, Chabbott Petrosky Com- U.S. Senator Tom Carper took the mi- Military leaders were introduced by Downs were Janie Libby, VP of Human Re- mercial Realtors, Ltd., James Hutchi- crophone for a few minutes to relate how Col. Steve Harrison, Commander of the sources, and Greg Gyarmati, Human Re- son, and Sheraton Dover Hotel. important the base is to Delaware and how 436th Airlift Wing; Col. Randal Bright, sources Manager-Employee Relations. 3rd Annual 2008 Delaware Business Expo March 5, 2008 • 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Free Admission • Prizes Every Hour • 50/50 Drawing • Free Seminars • Food • Over 100 Exhibitors • Statewide Marketing & Networking Plan to visit the following CDCC member Wesley College Christiana Care Imaging businesses: Incorporating Services Keller Williams Arthritis Foundation Artisans’ Bank Monster Racing Alex Vaughan Mobile Entertainment Bayhealth Medical Center Dover Mall Laser Tone JT Specialty Mats & Frames St. Josephs @ Providence Creek PNC Bank Local Book Publishing Halpern Eye Associates ACA Mortgage Kent-Sussex Industries First Class Properties University of Delaware Washington Gas Energy Service Home Instead Senior Care Secure Data Delaware.Net Delaware Energy Solutions Better Business Bureau Sign A Rama Delaware Technical & Community College WSFS AFLAC PolyTech Adult Education Mac Exchange Allen Insurance Verizon Wireless Vision Centre Wilmington University Chamber News, February 2008 Page 7 Leadership Central DE Communications & Diversity Day What would you do if you were a re- tographs and stories? We had the opportu- porter or editor with a controversial story nity to see first hand the new technology or a manager interviewing someone with that WBOC uses from Chuck Regner, Di- diversities? These are questions that the rector of News Photography for WBOC. He LCD Class of 2008 was asked for Commu- showed us how the smaller and less obtru- nications & Diversity Day on Thursday, sive camera equipment help him get into January 3rd. Program Chair Andy West, areas he couldn’t with the larger cameras Managing Editor for Independent News- and the people he photographs for the sto- papers, organized a very informative and ries are less intimidated. We also got a thought provoking day sponsored by Com- sneak peak at the all new digital News cast Cablevision. Room being built for WBOC. We began with a panel discussion that After learning about the process from could have lasted for weeks consisting of experts, it was time for the class to role play Tom Eldred, Senior News Editor for in “You Be the Editor.” The class was di- Delaware State News, Cat Werner-Porter- vided into four groups and began to hear description. These are issues that reporters came to become a successful businessman. field, Senior Editor for Milford Chronicle and the story very dramatically enacted by me face every day. Next was Amystique Harris Church, LCD Now that they have the story written, Alumni Class of 2006 and she shared the what pictures do you use? The class was challenges she faces now as being a mother shown pictures from Vietnam, 9-11, pro- of five, wife, full time student and full time testers at a marine’s funeral and many employee with DSU as well as being very more. Some were graphic, but really actively involved with the community and showed the situation well. Some of the pic- non-profit organizations. The final panelist tures could have told the wrong story if the was Peggy Beattie who was a lab technician public did not read the article. The class for DuPont. She was injured in a car acci- could not completely agree on running any dent 16 years ago, leaving her paralyzed of the pictures. This was a very effective ex- and in a wheel chair. She told us how ercise to show the class what the press and DuPont welcomed her back after many news media go through to get us the story. moths of recovery and personal struggle at The final panel discussion was on diver- a computer based job, then built a lab that sity and how the class as leaders and future was handicapped accessible which she was leaders can help to accommodate any situ- able to work in. All these dynamic individ- Harrington Journal, Kye Parsons, Executive pretending to be an anonymous caller who ation. The first panelist was Ed Perez, LCD uals showed the class that as managers and Editor for WBOC.com, Carlos Holmes, was a student at Delaware State University Alumni Class of 2003 and Director for Main good leaders, they should always look at spokesperson for Delaware State Univer- calling the press to let them know there has Street Dover. He shared his experiences the qualifications that a good employee has sity and Maria Hess, Senior Editor for been a shooting on campus. Each group growing up as an Hispanic in Philadelphia and not the diversities. Delaware Today magazine. They discussed then listened to a press conference about and the discrimination he faced and over- – Gina Aurora how each of the publications they represent the incident coached by Carlos Holmes, gets the news and stories out that the read- spokesperson for DSU. After hearing the ers want to know and how the first amend- initial facts, the groups then had to decide ment is such an important part of news. The how and what to report to the public. It was First Amendment protects freedom of very interesting to her reports and how speech, press, religion, assembly and peti- they all varied. The description given at tion. Without it, religious minorities could that time of the shooter was very vague and be persecuted, the government could es- could be anyone. Some groups reported it tablish a national religion, protesters could anyway, which could cause you, as the pub- be silenced, the press could not criticize lic, to look at your co-workers, family and government, and citizens could not lobby friends and say, “You could be the shooter.” for social change. One group decided to leave out the de- I know many of you have seen WBOC scription until they knew more, so the pub- and have gone to WBOC.com, but have you lic did not go into panic mode every time ever thought about how they get the pho- they saw someone who could fit the vague STRATEGIC PLAN Continued from page 5 for their surroundings. Gina Aurora coordi- the Diamond State BBQ held at Dover nates the Leadership program. Downs in the fall of 2007, which provided A Leadership graduate Mastery pro- FEBRUARY 21ST: Power Networking at Outlook at the Duncan Center from an opportunity for exhibitors to display gram was initiated in 2006 to help students 5:00-6:00 p.m. Offer a one-minute commercial to potential new clients. Event their products and services to over 4,000 achieve a higher level of personal skills. An people. is FREE but space is limited to 25 people. Call CDCC to register, 734-7513. Alumni Class now meets quarterly to con- An increase in partnership initiatives re- tinue their interaction with each other and sulted from promoting a successful Busi- to sharpen their skills. As a result of the pro- FEBRUARY 22ND: Deadline for nominations for Excellence In Business ness To Business Expo hosted by gram, Leadership students are becoming awards. Go to Chamber’s website at www.cdcc.net/directory for a list of Cham- Delaware.Net, creating a column in the more involved in Chamber activities and ber business members to help with your selection. Watch your mail for a nom- Chamber Connections for legislators to use events and in community organizations. ination form or call 734-7513 for information. in efforts to reach the business community; Now it is time to update the Chamber’s and by continuing relationships with Dover strategic plan for 2008 and beyond. The FEBRUARY 27TH: Sunset Business Mixer is hosted by Heather’s Holistic Air Force Base, Central Delaware Economic committee will complete its review during Health, 1169 Walker Road, Dover, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meet a variety Development Council, Kent Count Tourism, the next few weeks by focusing on the goals of business representatives and maybe a new client or two. Refreshments pro- educational institutions, and others to pro- of the organization. Once the critical goal vided. FREE. vide a positive unification of effort for Kent categories are set and action steps are deter- County. mined to carry out the mission of the MARCH 11TH: Meet your Kent County Senators and Representatives at the Leadership Central Delaware continues CDCC, it will be submitted to the board of Annual Legislative Luncheon at Dover Downs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to be an important program to develop in- directors for approval. Tabletop displays are available. To reserve your seat, call CDCC, 734-7513. dividuals’ civic knowledge and leadership With good management and proper skills. The program seeks out potential lead- planning, the Central Delaware Chamber of MARCH 20TH: 20th Annual Central Delaware Economic Development Din- ers, from diverse backgrounds, and informs Commerce is in a position to make a differ- ner will take place at the Sheraton Dover Hotel. Annual Economic Develop- them of the most prominent issues facing ence in Kent County and provide its mem- ment Leadership Awards will be presented to an individual and a business who Dover and Kent County today, and moti- bers with the resources to grow and be have contributed to the economic growth of Kent County. vates them to assume more responsibility prosperous. Page 8 Chamber Connections, February 2008 Dover residents are one step closer to cable TV choices Verizon continues to obtain cable franchises in Delaware Dover residents are a major step closer fiver-optic network, is now available to sumer in control. tics on a large scale. to making choices for their cable television about 105,000 households in Delaware, and “Verizon will continue to compete ag- Verizon FiOS TV provides an extensive services, thanks to the January 14th unani- that number is growing rapidly. Verizon gressively for consumers’ business in array of digital video and music channels, mous City Council vote authorizing Veri- also offers FiOS TV in parts of California, Delaware with our FiOS services – fueled high-definition channels, on-demand titles zon to offer its fiber-optic-powered FiOS Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, by our lightning-fast fiber-optic network,” and features such a s FiOS TV Widgets, TV here. New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsyl- Allan added. which supplies one-touch, on-demand ac- Dover now joins Arden, Ardencroft, Ar- vania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia. Verizon currently is building its new, cess to real-time local weather and traffic. dentown, Bellefonte, Cheswold, Delaware New markets are added as the company all-fiber network in more than half of the In addition to FiOS TV, Verizon’s fiber City, Leipsic, Little Creek, Middletown, obtains franchises giving it the legal au- states where it provides landline phone network also allows the company to offer Newark, Odessa and Townsend in approv- thority to do so. service, including the First State. The new consumers and businesses high-speed ing Verizon’s franchise agreement. Last Oc- The city Council vote puts Dover con- technology uses fiber-optic connections – FiOS Internet Service at download speeds tober, the Delaware Public Service sumers a step closer to having a competi- instead of copper wire – directly into of up to 30 Mbps (megabits per second) Commission approved Verizon’s franchise tive choice in video service providers,” said homes or businesses to enable a broad and upload speeds of up to 15 Mbps. FiOS to serve the unincorporated areas of the William R. Allan, president of Verizon array of voice, data and video services. Ver- Internet Service currently is available to state. Delaware. “Competition drives innovation, izon is the only company to connect homes many consumers and small businesses in FiOS TV, provided over Verizon’s all- value and service quality. It puts the con- and small businesses directly with fiber op- Delaware. Go Global! International Business Certificate Series The World Trade Center Delaware, in made, considerations before entering into transactions. harmonized system; General Rules of In- partnership with the Central Delaware international business, approaches to ex- The third and final Session, “IncoTerms terpretation, and the role of customhouse Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to an- porting, and a quick step-by-step guide to and Export/Import Procedures & Docu- brokers. nounce the Spring 2008 International Busi- import and export procedures. mentation,” will be presented by Elliott Participants can choose to take one sem- ness Certificate Series. Session Two, “International Transac- Smith and Kintetsu World Express on Tues- inar or all three. Those who attend all three The Series, designed to give companies tions: Methods of Payment,” will be pre- day, April 22, 2008. The topics covered will seminars will receive a certificate of com- an overview of international business, will sented by Michael Thompson with HSBC include buying and selling terms; packag- pletion for the series. To register for any of be held in Dover, Delaware at the Central Bank, and aims to mitigate the number one ing and transporting your products; docu- the seminars, or for more information, Delaware Chamber of Commerce, and is perceived risk of international business: mentation for expert sales including please contact Rebecca Faber at the World comprised of three courses. getting paid. The seminar will be held on commercial documents and foreign cus- Trade Center Delaware at (302) 656-7905 or Session One, “ABCs of Importing and Wednesday, April 16, 2008. Topics covered toms clearance; U.S. Government regula- online at www.wtcde.com. Cost for CDCC Exporting,” will be presented by John Pas- include how to select the most appropriate tions; transportation modes; cargo members and WTC members is $25.00 per tor, Director, International Trade and De- method of payment, comparing costs and insurance; government security initiatives; session. velopment with the State of Delaware. This risks of methods of payment, limiting letter course is being held on Wednesday, April of credit discrepancies and resolving dis- 9, 2008. The topics covered include why putes, and analyzing and choosing alter- Health Care identified as leading issue import or export, most common mistakes native methods of financing international Presidential Candidates Health Care Proposals Voters have identified health care as the by the Kaiser Family Foundation, with the leading domestic issue for the government to assistance of Health Policy Alternatives, Inc. address and for the presidential candidates and is based on information appearing on the to discuss in the 2008 campaign. In particular, candidates’ websites as supplemented by in- voters would like to hear the candidates’ po- formation from candidate speeches, the cam- sitions on reducing the cost of health care and paign debates and news reports. The sources health insurance and expanding coverage to of information are identified for each candi- the 47 million uninsured Americans. date’s summary (with links to the Internet). The presidential candidates vary greatly The comparison highlights information on in the extent to which they have discussed the candidates positions related to access to Being best on the team health care issues to date. Some have issued health care coverage, cost containment, im- takes heart. detailed proposals or have indicated that proving the quality of care and financing. In- proposals are forthcoming. Others have ar- formation is updated regularly as the ticulated positions on specific health care is- campaign unfolds. sues or critiqued the positions and plans of Go to www.health08.org and click on other candidates in response to questions but Analysis on the left side of the page to view have not offered their own proposals. the 2008 Presidential Candidate Health A side-by-side comparison of the candi- Care Proposals: Side-by-Side Summary. dates’ positions on health care was prepared Source: health08.org The Roy Klein Education Foundation to award up to $8,000 in Grants Ranked Best in Delaware for Cardiac Surgery. The Roy Klein Education Foundation ex- gram, or project grants are required to use a We all want to be the best. The best friend. The best Through its afﬁliation with the University of pects to award up to $8,000 in grants in 2008 2008 Grant Application Form, which can be parent. The best on the team. That’s why Bayhealth Pennsylvania Health System and Penn Cardiac Care, to educational institutions and qualified 50(c) obtained by calling Barbara Rafte at 734-4888. is proud to share the news that we are ranked Best in Bayhealth’s cardiac team has raised the bar on (3) non-for-profit organizations in Kent Your brief replies to questions contained Delaware for Cardiac Surgery by HealthGrades® for high-quality cardiac care for people in the region. County. within the form will provide concise, stan- 2008, the nation’s leading independent healthcare rating Bayhealth’s cardiac team performs coronary artery Applications are now being accepted for dardized information from which to make company. In fact, Bayhealth also received a 5-Star rating bypass grafts (CABGs), heart-valve repairs and for the treatment of patients suffering a heart attack. replacements, and interventional cardiology services programs/projects that advance education comparisons of organizations and proposals. including angioplasty and therapeutic catheterizations. and stimulate economic development in Applications must be postmarked or de- Greater Dover and Kent County. livered to 435 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, To learn more about Bayhealth’s Cardiac Services, visit www.bayhealth.org/cardiac/ or call us at 1-888-85-HEART. Organizations applying for capital, pro- DE 19901 by March 7, 2008. 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Send written comments to: Paula Voshell, with your sweetheart The Plan serves as the housing planning Planning and Community Development document of the State, and as an application Section, Delaware State Housing Authority, and even save money? for funding under the following HUD Com- 18 The Green, Dover, DE 19901. munity Planning and Development formula Schedule of Public Hearings: grant programs: Community Development Kent County: January 29, 2008, 4:00-7:00 Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter p.m., NCALL Research, 363 Saulsbury Road, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino (302) 674-4600: Grants (ESG), HOME Investment Partner- Dover, DE 19904. 10% off festival buffet ships (HOME), and the Housing Opportu- New Castle County: February 6, 2008, nities for Persons With Aids (HOPWA). 4:00-7:00 p.m., New Castle County Admin. 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Both oral and written comments will be For more information on affordable hous- Sorentino’s Restaurant (302) 677-1370: received and recorded at the hearings and ing in Delaware, please visit the DSHA web- a summary of the comments and DSHA’s site: http://www.destatehousing.com/ 15% discount on meal Tune in to WDSD 92.9 FM and WDOV 1410 AM W.T. Smithers (302) 674-8875: for timely local information on “The Chamber Brief” 15% off any check with meal purchase Your Chance … to make a difference We are currently seeking Chamber members who want to make a difference by joining The Marketing Committee. The primary purpose is to attract new members to the Chamber and to market its many benefits. … Simply by contacting new members Simply by contacting new members and attending Chamber functions to be that familiar face for the new members. 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For advertising rates in the Chamber Newsletter call Sandy Dale at 734-7513 Page 12 Chamber Connections, February 2008 Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credits Delaware State Housing Authority tremendous benefit to our state,” Gov- benefits of expanded programs for edu- taxpayer is $100,000. The assistance recently announced the unveiling of the ernor Ruth Ann Minner said. “Revisions cation, community revitalization, af- must meet the NAA program definition newly revamped Neighborhood Assis- to the program also support the vision fordable housing, crime prevention and as a qualified purpose, including any of tance Act (NAA). The NAA Program of Senator Margaret Rose Henry, who job training to help them prosper and the following: Community Services; gives state tax credits to businesses and sponsored the NAA back in 2000.” succeed in life. At the same time, busi- Crime Prevention; Economic Develop- individuals who pay Delaware State in- DSHA Director Sandy Johnson com- nesses and individual taxpayers benefit ment; Education; Affordable Housing, come taxes for donations to programs mented, “This is truly a win-win pro- from their reduced tax liability, their or Job Training. serving impoverished neighborhoods or gram for everybody. We have the freedom of choice in how the funds are For more information on the NAA serving low- and moderate-income fam- opportunity to infuse $1 million of real used, and their improved image in the Program, contact Lisa McCloskey at ilies. In exchange for a qualified contri- funds into Delaware communities with community. (302) 739-4263, ext. 208, or bution, the NAA provides state tax $500,000 in tax credits.” The minimum eligible investment is LisaM@DeStateHousing.com. credits equal to 50% of the investment to The process includes: $10,000 for corporate taxpayers and For information on affordable hous- a maximum of $100,000. For example: a •NAA application submitted to $5,000 for individual taxpayers; the ing, visit www.DeStateHousing.com, or $20,000 contribution qualifies for DSHA. maximum tax credit available to any toll-free at (888) 363-8808. $10,000 in Delaware Tax Credits. Appli- •Review and approval of taxpayer cations are accepted year round, and contribution to nonprofit organization. Your brochures are needed for our lobby and mailings! will be funded on a first-come, first- •The taxpayer can apply the credits Located at 435 North DuPont Highway, Dover, is the Central Delaware served basis. Five hundred thousand to any Delaware tax liability over a pe- Chamber of Commerce, Central Delaware Economic Development Coun- dollars ($500,000) in credits are available riod of five years, or until the credits are cil, and Kent County Tourism offices. In the lobby of the facility is a visitor in- each year. fully utilized before the five-year dead- formation center that provides information to visitors on a daily basis. If you “This program allows our commu- line. have brochures that you would like to include in the center, please drop them nity and business leaders to invest in Communities and residents with low off to either Kent County Tourism or the Chamber office.This is a great way their neighborhoods, which is of and moderate incomes will enjoy the to promote your company to people visiting Kent County! Dates to Remember Your events are published on the Chamber’s website! The calendar of events published on the Chamber’s website is a popular place to see what is going on in Kent County. This is helpful when planning Wednesday, February 6th - Ash Wednesday your activities for the month, but also in scheduling your own events so as Tuesday, February 12th - Lincoln’s Birthday not to conflict with other happenings at the same time. Call the CDCC of- fice and speak to Devon at 734-7513 or send an email message to adminis- Thursday, February 14th - Valentine’s Day trative assistant@cdcc. net. To check the Chamber’s website, visit Monday, February 18th - Presidents’ Day www.cdcc.net. You may also want to check www.visitdover.com for additional Kent Friday, February 22nd - Washington’s Birthday County events. 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