Delaware business highlights July 2015

Delaware Small Business Chamber to host seminar for entrepreneurs

Wilmington, Del. — The Delaware Small Business Chamber (DSBC) will host a seminar to highlight funding sources available to Delaware entrepreneurs. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ed Oliver Golf Club.

Panelists will include Ken Anderson of the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO), Letitia Nichols of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Michael Rossi of the Small Business Administration, and Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union’s Nino DiRienzo,

“There is a perception that there is a scarcity of funds for small businesses, and we want to get the message out there that there is plenty of funding and people to help,” said Bob Older, DSBC founder and president. “The panelists we’ve chosen for this seminar are just a few of the ‘go-to’ experts in Delaware for funding solutions and advice.”

The DSBC is the state’s only chamber focused exclusively on small businesses. It offers its members up to 72 free events a year that include networking mixers, educational seminars and their 6-Top Mingle referral program.

For more information or to register for the the event, visit www.dsbchamber.com.

Newark Shopping Center is now 70 percent leased

Newark, Del. — Atlantic Realty Companies (ARC) is nearing completion of renovations to the 150,000- square-foot Newark Shopping Center.  The company announced that the center is 70 percent leased, including the arrival of Newark Natural Foods, which moved into a 17,430-square-foot two-level space in April.

Atlantic Realty and New York-based Angelo, Gordon & Co own the center. The $10 million renovation includes new building facades, roofs, updated signage and landscaping, and improvements to the parking lots.

A new walkway allows pedestrian access through the inline shops to the residential building and an adjacent trail.

Other recently signed leases include Churrascaria Saudades Brazilian Steakhouse, PNC Bank, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, and Sports Clips.

As part of the renovation, ARC rezoned a portion of the site for residential use, and sold it to Bethesda, Md.-based multifamily developer The Bainbridge Companies. The company will build Bainbridge Delaware a community with 220 full-service apartments. Leasing begins in early 2016.

The $10 million renovation also included all-new building facades, roofs, updated signage and landscaping, and improvements to the parking lots. A new walkway allows pedestrian access through the inline shops to the residential building and an adjacent trail

$10 million expansion at Beebe Healthcare nursing school

Lewes, Del. — The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare has completed its $10 million expansion and modernization project and will welcome students to the 2015 school year in August.

The new and expanded facility offers the latest in nursing education and educational technologies to its students that want to advance in their fields of expertise, clinical experience at the adjacent Medical Center.

“We are proud of the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing and how it has continued to advance education and clinical experience in order to prepare nursing students for the growing needs of patients and for the ever-increasing demands of today’s complex healthcare environment,” said School Program Administrator Karen Pickard.

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing is the only hospital-based nursing program in Delaware. It will celebrate its 95th anniversary next year.

The new, three-story, 18,000-square-foot building includes the latest in nursing education technologies such as high-fidelity medical simulators that come in the form of computerized manikins. The expanded facility also includes modern classrooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, advanced clinical laboratories, an expanded library and student space, seminar rooms and administrative offices. It also has doubled the capacity of the school so that enrollment can increase over time.

“Just as our healthcare system continues to evolve, the need for well-trained nurses in our community has also grown. Not only do we see a need for more nurses in the hospital, but we also see a need for more nurses for our Population Health initiatives, in our Beebe Home Care program, and to become nurse practitioners to help offset the shortage of primary care physicians,” said Jeffrey M. Fried, president and CEO of Beebe Healthcare.

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