Month: July 2016

Delaware has reached a new milestone in helping young farmers purchase land, with 28 farmers or couples now receiving assistance in starting or expanding their farms with an innovative loan program begun five years ago, Gov. Jack Markell announced today. With three new participants in the Delaware Young Farmers Loan Program closing on properties this…

Delaware has been dropped from MoneyRates.com’s list of best states for young people to earn a living. It was replaced by Minnesota. The site compares the factors its editors believe are important to millennials – jobs, affordable rents, nightlife, access to broadband and other amenities. Their findings: the best states for young people are Wyoming,…

A new FatWallet.com survey of back-to-school spending bodes badly for brick-and-mortar stores. About 52 percent of parents said they will buy back-to-school items online and 25 percent will use their phones to compare prices. Forty percent said lowest price is the most important factor when they buy supplies, and only 26 percent said product quality…

Slightly more than half of the mortgage lenders surveyed by Fannie Mae think their industry would benefit from a disruptor like Uber, but 46 percent disagree. Lenders agreed the industry needs further digitization and automation and streamlining systems to improve efficiency. About 95 percent of lenders say they are dependent on technology solution providers to…

The Delaware Division of the Arts is investing almost $3 million in more than 100 arts and community organizations that will serve Delawareans with arts programming and services, arts education, and arts marketing and promotion. This first round of funding for FY2017 includes the major grant categories: General Operating Support, Project Support, Arts Stabilization Fund,…

A Wilmington native will be the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party convention when she addresses the Democratic National Convention Thursday night. Sarah McBride, born in Wilmington in 1990, is press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The Human Rights Campaign is the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer…

State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grants are still available to small- and medium-sized companies looking to enter and develop markets overseas. The grant money is part of $276,741 awarded last year by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help increase export sales and ultimately create jobs for more Delawareans. The SBA’s STEP Program makes…