Category: Business Associations

Several Delaware companies are among board diversity leaders

WILMINGTON – For generations, it was said that the boardroom was the boys’ room, but recent efforts aim to diversify the decision-makers for the nation’s largest companies, and several in Delaware are among those making inroads to change. Leading those companies in a recent report on board diversity was Navient, an asset management and business…

What does the woman-owned business label mean in Delaware? Beyond the obvious, women business owners have expressed a complex relationship with the term. For some, it means greater access to business opportunities for a historically marginalized group. Others see it as a signal to customers and fellow business owners alike that diversity is important —…

It can be expensive to be buried in Wilmington

WILMINGTON – Ed Michael Reggie says that just like you shouldn’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry, families shouldn’t shop for a funeral home when they’re grieving and likely to spend more than they might otherwise. That’s particularly true in the Wilmington area – including New Castle County and Cecil County, Maryland – which Reggie’s…

Chris Kenny, president and CEO of The Kenny Family ShopRites of Delaware, and Ben duPont, philanthropist and entrepreneur, today announced the formation of A Better Delaware, a “non-partisan grassroots organization” that will advocate for pro-growth, pro-jobs policies and greater transparency in government. “I speak with employers and workers every day who share my concern about…

Bioscience startups need support beyond the incubator stage

Over the past five years, the bioscience industry in Delaware has undergone significant changes that were both negative and positive. Earlier this decade we lost about 12% of our jobs due to business decisions by DuPont and Astra Zeneca to transfer research and development centers to other states. Jobs in the bioscience sector paid on…

Delaware 22in22, an initiative to raise awareness of and prevent soldier suicide, will recognize veteran advocate Rosely Robinson for her support of veteran causes. She will be honored sept 28 at Vet Fest on Mapleton Avenue, Town of Whitehall, Middletown.  Robinson is the founder of the Delaware chapter of A Hero’s Welcome Delaware and has…

A former state legislator turned activist for sustainability from a business perspective has formed the Delaware Sustainable Business Council as a chapter of a national organization. Melanie George Smith, who founded Sustainable World Strategies after deciding not to seek re-election for her seat in House District 5, says sustainability builds on “the new conscious capitalism”…

Delaware IQ offers a hyper-focused hub for entrepreneurs

Solid research and the right connections can change the trajectory of a new business venture. But how do you hook eager investors, flesh out your business plan, and flag potential problems without spending months searching on Google and attending meet-ups? Enter Delaware IQ, a web-based platform that is streamlining research and networking efforts for entrepreneurs…

Business coalition launches “Ready in 6” initiative to streamline permitting process

Last October, the Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP), the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, and CSC sponsored an economic-development conference that included a panel with a couple of site selectors and moderated by Gov. John Carney, who told the 300-400 people in the room that Delaware was not being considered for many corporate relocations because it…