The Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce has been serving the Western Sussex County business community for nearly sixty years. Our service and support covers the City of Seaford and the towns of Greenwood, Bridgeville and Blades in Western Sussex County, Delaware.
Over 300 members support the mission of the Chamber, to establish and maintain itself as the primary advocate, voice and resource for business organizations in our area.”
Much of our focus is on four goals:
- Provide members with opportunities for self-advocacy
- To act as an advocate on behalf of members throughout Western Sussex County
- To provide avenues for members to communicate their needs to the Chamber
- To support our working committees to align their scope of work with the previous three goals
In addition, the Chamber takes a collaborative role with our business members, organizations and local groups to promote and support tourism to Western Sussex County and the many attractions and events in our area.
The mission of the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce is to establish and maintain itself as the primary advocate, voice, and resource for business organizations in our area.
Primary Roles of the Chamber:
Provide connections and support for member businesses
Provide marketing and training opportunities for members.
Raise non-dues income in order to keep membership fees reasonable.
Support increased business and recreational visitors to the area.
Provide relocation and visitor information. Develop and support quality of life programs designed to make the area a better place to live and work.
Benefits of Membership in the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce
Visitor’s Guide and Membership Directory: Your business receives a free listing by category. The Guide and Directory is distributed to visitors’ centers, hotels and real estate offices and is used for employee recruitment and to fulfill requests for visitor and relocation information.
Referrals The Chamber Our office receives numerous inquires each month from consumers and businesses that are referred exclusively to our members. The Chamber website offers businesses and the general public access to your company listing, website, and/or Facebook page with the click of a button.
Making Connections The most valuable tool we can offer our members are the opportunities to “make connections” with other Chamber members and the general public. To that end, we coordinate and host Business Networking Mixers each month with an average attendance of 40-60 people. The Chamber also arranges for guest speakers at Rise ‘n’ Shine breakfast meetings and experts in the field of marketing, business planning and organization, and human resources to act as presenters for seminars and workshops. These events are all publicized in the biweekly Chamber newsletter eBlast, on our website and invitation eBlasts, as well as in local newspapers and on local television and radio stations.
Member to Member Discounts The Chamber maintains the GSCC Member Plus Program where more than 50 Chamber members offer discounts exclusively to other Chamber members.
Marketing Opportunities The Chamber offers eBlasts, newsletter advertising, Facebook and website promotions at reasonable fees to Chamber members. The “Take Five…”, our monthly newsletter and the “blasts” have a base reach of about 600 plus individual email addresses. The VIP Partnership Program offers additional marketing opportunities at local events and with other Chamber activities and programs.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies We help you celebrate the opening, expansion or relocation of your business with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at no cost.
Valuable Partnerships and Contacts
The Chamber puts you in direct contact with the Associated Chambers of Commerce of Delaware and Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, and a network of Sussex County Chambers of Commerce. The Chamber maintains contact with the Seaford Historical Society, the Downtown Seaford Association, Seaford Tomorrow, municipal council and commissioners meetings, and numerous civic organizations. The Chamber assists with contacts at the Small Business & Development Center, SEDAC, Delaware Economic Development Office, Sussex County Economic Development Office, and more.
Committee Involvement The Chamber has a number of standing committees staffed by volunteers like you. Those working committees include: Business & Economic Development Forum, Community Involvement, Member Services, and Tourism. Your involvement affords you the opportunity to directly impact the welfare of the Chamber and the community through the use of your areas of expertise and interest.
Tax-Deductible Business Expense Your membership dues and related expenses are a tax-deductible business expense.
The Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce recognizes excellence with annual award programs.
Business Person of the Year The Business and Economic Development committee has selected one or more business person for this honor each year since 1995. Several of our recipients include Steve Rose, CEO of Nanticoke Health Services, Maria and Harry A. Lehman III of Harry A. Lehman, MD PA, Rob Harman, Alliance Real Estate Professionals and Rob Rider, O.A Newton and Body & Soul Fitness.
Community Service Award The Community Involvement Committee selects the recipient of this award in recognition of their long- standing community service that has been made an impact in the community and with our local residents. Our 2016 recipients were Lora Schuler, representing M&T Bank for her work with the Nanticoke Senior Center, and Joh Rittenhouse and his work with SHIFTDestiny.
Volunteer of the Year Award The Chamber recognizes the value of the hundreds of hours our volunteers contribute to the Chamber and to the community. Each year, one Chamber member is acknowledged as the outstanding volunteer of the year. In 2016, the Chamber recognized Susan Henry-Jones of the Day Spa at the Marina.
Blazing New Trails Award The Business Economic & Development Committee chose Katie and Kevin Evans from Evans Farms in Bridgeville for their contribution to the community of Bridgeville and Western Sussex County.
Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce Officers and Board of Directors FY2017
President: John E. Tarburton, PA
1st Vice President: Carlyle Windley, Nanticoke Automotive
Secretary/Treasurer: Lora Schuler, M&T Bank
Past President: Rob Harman, Alliance Real Estate Professionals
Directors: Beverly Blades, Callaway Farnell & Moore, Tom Brown, Nanticoke Health Services, Heath Chasanov, Woodbridge School District, Ellen Cohen, The Original Tube T-shirt Company LLC, Pat Correll, Town of Bridgeville, Denise Crockett, Delaware Department of Labor, Tom Darby, Lab Products, Inc., Lawrence Dernulc, Bank of Delmarva, G. Jane Drace, Drace Insurance & Investments, Mike McClure, Morning Star Publications, Ralph Scott, Scott’s Furniture, Dolores Slatcher, City of Seaford, Steve Tull, Efficient Home Solutions, LLC, Kevin Yingling, Delaware Electric Cooperative
Our Chamber members are involved in their community and in Chamber activities. We hope you will join us