Category: People

By Sam Waltz “Don’t eat your seed corn” was an expression oft heard around our Illinois sharecropper’s family farm when I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. It was an everyday expression in East Central Illinois farm country and most likely, farm country anywhere. Non-farm business managers and owners may not know that expression,…

Disruptive concept could morph Delaware’s hair care industry with mini rental salons

By Kathy Canavan Just as William Levitt tipped housing with his turn key Levittown homes complete with appliances in the 1950s, Kim and Jim Provo could tip Delaware’s hairstyling industry come September. The Provos will open a suite of 24 mini hair salons on Kirkwod Highway, a complete context switch for the industry, where most…

Library and Innovation Campus aims for 2016 opening

By Christi Milligan New Castle County (NCC) officials unveiled renderings for a 41,000-foot library and innovation campus, the centerpiece of a broader effort to revitalize a struggling corridor of Route 9 in Wilmington. “This is a library of the future,” said Sophia Hanson, general manager of the NCC Department of Community Services. “We’re going to…

Eight family-owned businesses were honored Wednesday night during the first Delaware Family Business Awards dinner, sponsored by Today Media and Delaware Business Times. Family and friends attended the event held in Wilmington to honor multigenerational, family owned businesses based in Delaware. Final awards were handed out to these Delaware businesses. Small Size Business of the…

Chick-fil-A operator Mary Johnson’s former pilot and paratrooper background

By Kathy Canavan Mary Johnson’s résumé looks something like this: West Point grad, Army paratrooper, helicopter pilot, airplane pilot, battalion commander in Iraq, operator of the North Dover Chick-fil-A. If the last item seems out of place on a list of extraordinary achievements, it is not. Storied West Point accepts 9 percent of its applicants,…

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition presents awards The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition presented its 2015 Shining Light Awards, June 12 at the Chase Center on the Wilmington Riverfront. Awards were presented to individuals and companies in the following categories: Sussex County Chapter Women’s Council of Realtors for “Spotlight on Philanthropy”; Jacquie Connell for “Spotlight on Survivorship;…

By Kathy Canavan Delaware’s Small Business Administration office broke records in the number of loans guaranteed in 2012, 2013, and 2014, but the weekly total for the last week of May was still surprising. Even after totals of $57.7million in 2012, $57.8 million in 2013, and $45.7 million in 2014, the May 25 weekly total…

Small Business Administration Tools

By Kathy Canavan Iconic Delaware brands like Grotto, Iron Hill, Dogfish Head, and Brew Ha Ha got Small Business Administration help along the way, but the SBA paperwork used to be a speed bump for banks and borrowers alike. “A lot of banks didn’t want to touch the SBA,” said Darrell Stayman, commercial credit manager for…

Wheels of justice drive mini-economy in Wilmington

By Christi Milligan Tim Pawliczek assembles sandwiches in the kitchen of Cavanaugh’s, the Market Street lunch restaurant he’s owned for 24 years. He hurriedly fills orders for the eat-in crowd and neatly packages the varied orders that will be ferried out to one of the 90 different law firms in a 10-block area. Pawliczek said…