Month: June 2018

Westward shift expands beach market into Sussex County

By Pam George Special to Delaware Business Times In the 1980s, Mary Ann Benyo and her partner wanted to open a bed-and-breakfast in Lewes or Rehoboth Beach. They met with a real estate agent, who gave them a reality check. “We saw the prices of the properties, and said, ‘Oh,’” Benyo recalled. The agent suggested…

The state House has given final approval to legislation expanding the number of judges on Delaware’s Chancery Court. The House voted unanimously Thursday for the measure, which increases the number of vice chancellors from four to six. The legislation previously won unanimous Senate approval and now goes to Democratic Gov. John Carney for his signature.…

(AP) — Another lawsuit has been filed against an Arkansas-based poultry company accused of committing wastewater violations at a Delaware processing plant. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of more than 80 people primarily focuses on groundwater nitrate contamination near Mountaire Farms’ neighbors in Sussex County. It seeks compensation and punitive…

The Delaware Public Service Commission and Division of the Public Advocate reached an agreement Wednesday that will result in a rate reduction of $6.85 million for Delmarva Power customers. The settlement resolves a pending rate increase request from Delmarva to meet $31 million in distribution costs. Following the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which resulted…

The Export Delaware team at the Department of State is going to Singapore and Vietnam for six days in September to explore opportunities for businesses looking to expand global trade. The team is inviting small and medium-sized businesses to join them on the visit for a chance to meet face-to-face with potential distributors and customers…

(AP) — The state House on Wednesday evening rejected a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational use in Delaware, with the chief sponsor blaming continued opposition from the law enforcement community. The legislation, which included an amendment aimed at addressing concerns of opponents, failed on a 21-15 vote, falling four votes short of the…

(AP) — Delaware’s third medical marijuana dispensary is opening this week. News outlets report Columbia Care held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at its Compassion Center in Smyrna that opens Friday. The dispensary will be the New York company’s first in Delaware and makes it the second medical marijuana operator in Delaware. State Medical Marijuana Program…

Chris Burkhard, president of Outside-In Companies in Newark, facilitates CEO Think Tank, an event series for company leaders looking to scale their businesses. We talked with Burkhard about employee retention, attracting young workers and the value of vacation time and health benefits. What is the best way for a small business to keep turnover low…