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  • Voices From the Crisis: WIN Factory starts online entrepreneurs program

    WILMINGTON – Tamara Varella is dealing with the new normal by inviting Delaware startups and would-be entrepreneurs to go camping. Varella and her co-founders own The WIN Factory, the state’s first black-owned co-working space and incubator on Martin Luther King Boulevard. The building has been pretty empty lately, thanks to the company’s designation by the […]
  • Spoiler Alert: Here’s how Katey’s ‘fight for her life’ ended on Shark Tank

    BRIDGEVILLE – Katey Jo Evans’s enthusiasm and passion for her hand-packed premium ice cream and sorbet faced off Friday night against the Sharks’ appetite for entrepreneurs with a bit more experience, a bit less market competition, and a product that doesn’t require refrigeration. No, we’re not going to tell you yet how it ended. Evans […]
  • New coronavirus-response funds begin distributing money to Delaware nonprofits

    The Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), Philanthropy Delaware, and United Way of Delaware (UWDE) have begun distributing money and reviewing applications for the coordinated community initiative they’ve launched to provide both a rapid response and a long-term strategy to address Delaware’s COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had a ripple effect […]
  • Voices From the Crisis: Changing the way funerals are conducted

      Evan Smith sees funerals as the modern family reunion, the only opportunity to see different generations and cousins in one place, to grieve and celebrate a life lost. Until the coronavirus hit. It was a challenge in mid-March when funerals were limited to 50 attendees with 6 feet of distance between them. Some smaller […]
  • Local banks adjust to protect branch employees, customers

    On Friday, each WSFS branch with drive-thrus in Delaware and Pennsylvania practiced “Random Acts of Kindness” by inserting 20 $10 gift cards in customer’s receipts. Perhaps even better, each branch purchased those gift cards from local merchants. “I think the businesses were even more excited about us purchasing the cards from them than the customers […]
  • Voices From The Crisis: Travel business enters choppy waters

    Given what she does for a living, Aiste Stanley is surprisingly upbeat. “I feel more situated today than a few weeks ago when everything started,” says the owner of Millsboro-based Trabeona Travels, which creates customized experiences for clients. “I got all my clients home and everyone who was scheduled to leave in March cancelled or […]
  • Voices From The Crisis: La Vida uses gift cards to help laid-off employees

    Keep up with the latest news affecting Delaware’s business community by signing up for our e-newsletter. This is the first in a series of short features on how Delaware small businesses are responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. For all the talk about the future of Delaware restaurants, many owners are focused right now on […]
  • Small restaurants to benefit from new HELP program but not larger employers

    Small restaurants, bars, hotels, and other hospitality-related businesses across the state have received a lifeline from the state’s new Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP), which will provide no-interest loans capped at $10,000 per business per month. The funds can cover rent, utilities and other unavoidable bills, but cannot be used for personnel costs. The loans have a […]
  • Delaware nonprofits, philanthropic organizations launch coronavirus-response funds

    The Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), Philanthropy Delaware, and United Way of Delaware (UWDE) have launched a coordinated community initiative to provide both a rapid response and a long-term strategy to address Delaware’s COVID-19 pandemic. The challenge is that the pandemic has had a ripple effect through the entire nonprofit […]
  • Extended COVID-19 closure threatens many Delaware restaurants

    Restaurants across Delaware are choosing to close their doors completely following Gov. John Carney’s decision to limit restaurants, bars and taverns to take-out, drive-thru and delivery services and have their liquor licenses suspended for what the governor’s spokesman, Jonathan Starkey, said will be “eight weeks or until this passes.” Big Fish Restaurant Group will close […]