Chamber News November 2017
Chamber Events of Special Interest
GSCC Celebrated Excellence in Leadership...On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce held its annual Excellence in Leadership Recognition Dinner & Auction, at the Seaford Volunteer Fire House. In front of a full house, Amy Higgins, from Sussex Printing Corporation/The Guide was presented the 2017 Business Person of the Year award.In addition, the following awards were also presented:
- 2017 Volunteer of the Year - Beverly Blades, Callaway, Farnell & Moore
- 2017 Community Service Award - Lynne Betts
- 2017 Blazing New Trails Award - Heritage Shores of Bridgeville
A huge "THANK YOU" goes out to the Chamber's Member Services Committee for hosting the event and managing our annual fundraiser auction, as well as the over 100 Chamber businesses, organizations and individuals who donated to this year's auction. Over $5,000 was raised to support our Chamber member programs and promote tourism in Western Sussex County.
Delaware Receives Top Marks in Nationwide Small Business Friendliness Survey...
Delaware has ranked second in the country for small business friendliness, according to a survey conducted by Thumbtack, the web and app company that connects companies with business talent across the United States. U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) recently visited Thumbtack and discussed the study’s findings, which gave Delaware high marks for employment, labor and hiring regulations, licensing regulations, tax regulations, training and networking program, government web sites. On overall small business friendliness, Delaware earned an impressive A+.
“There’s no question that Delaware is a great place to live, work and do business,” said Senator Carper. “With our first-class workforce, proximity to I-95, international airports and major cities, as well as our tax-free shopping, Fortune 500 businesses, responsive state and local government, and great communities, Delaware is an attractive place to grow a business and raise a family. This is something we in the First State have known for a long time, but I’m thrilled Thumbtack has highlighted just how much we have to offer.”
Recently, Delaware launched its campaign, Options in DE, to show that Delaware is an attractive place for businesses to grow and create good-paying jobs.
For more details about the report and the full set of results for Delaware, go to: thumbtack.com/DE
Christmas 2017 - A Call for Volunteers!
Dear Friends of The Salvation Army,
It is hard to believe Christmas season is soon upon us and it is time to put a schedule together for the Red Kettles throughout our communities. The funds collected help provide food for families, toys for children, and offer relief for countless of our neighbors in need. In Sussex County, these services include providing emergency sheltering (with partners in Sussex County and our own facility in Wilmington); crises-funding to help pay for ever increasing and unexpected energy, oil & gas bills; a food closet to help bridge the gap and seasonal assistance. We are expecting to assist 9,000-10,000 people for the coming year.
Throughout the county we have numerous locations where store owners have once again agreed to serve as hosts for our Volunteer Red Kettle Ringers. You, your co-workers, your church, your club, your family and your friends can be a part of the effort to reach out and help our neighbors who so desperately need a helping hand. The Christmas Season, for some, is already a time of stress, but together we can make sure that lack of food or the absence of presents for the children isn’t one of them. This Season we will be ringing from November 17th through December 23rd, 2017 10:00am-7:00pm, with the exceptions of Thanksgiving Day and Sundays.
Annual Evergreens For Sale...
Orders are now being taken by the Spade and Trowel Garden Club Inc. for the 2016 Holiday Evergreens Sale and for shelled pecan halves fresh from Georgia (at $12 per pound bag). The annual sale of pecans and of decorations hand-crafted by members of the garden club help fund the club’s community projects. All products are made to order.
Centerpieces come in single ($15) or double ($25) sizes, depending on the number of candles. They make great gifts!
Swags ($25) feature evergreens fastened to a board that can be hung on a door, wall or mailbox. Cemetery mounds are $30.
Wreaths can be made of mixed greens ($30); boxwood ($35) or magnolia ($50). Order forms and photos are posted on the club’s website at seafordspadeandtrowelgardenclub.org.
Del-One Federal Credit Union Offers Membership to GSCC Members...
Del-One Federal Credit Union has announced they are extending membership and services to our Chamber members.
In addition to the many Member-to-Member benefits offered through the Chamber's Member Plus Program, we now have an opportunity to offer financial options to our members. Del-One, is one of several Chamber member financial institutions that support the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce.
Offering the benefit of membership into Del-One FCU will enable GSCC members to take advantage of the many products and services Del-One has to offer to help them live and achieve a better financial life. In addition to the 10 branch locations throughout the state, Del-One also participates in shared branching, which allows members access to over 30,000 ATMs and over 5000 branch locations throughout the country. Del-One also offers competitive rates on auto, personal, mortgage and home equity loans, VISA credit cards with rewards and cash back options, mobile and online services, 24/7 member service assistance, instant issue debit cards, and identity theft protection services.
For more information, contact Del-One Federal Credit Union at (302) 672-1492.
With the New Year just around the corner, it's time to Schedule your Ribbon Cutting and Business Networking Mixer for 2018! Our networking mixers are an excellent way to have our members support local businesses and get to know you and your staff.
On behalf of myself and our Board of Directors, I would like to wish all our Chamber members a safe and Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for all your support this year. It is YOU who make our Chamber and Western Sussex County strong!
Wishing you continued blessings,
Executive Director, GSCC
Work, Eat and Shop Local...in Western Sussex County!
Schedule your Ribbon Cutting and Business Networking Mixer for 2018 NOW while the calendar is open. Our networking mixers are an excellent way to have our members support local and get to know your business and staff.