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DBT40 Honoree: Michael Chesney of Delaware Division of Small Business

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Communications Director
Delaware Division of Small Business,
Development & Tourism
Wilmington and Dover

What the nominator said:

“As Director of Communications for the Delaware Division of Small Business, Development & Tourism, Michael is shaping the message that helps make Delaware a more attractive place for businesses to start or expand. He is also involved with United Cerebral Palsy, an organization dedicated to providing services to adults and kids with disabilities, through both fundraising activities and working directly with people affected by CP.”

Social media platform you can’t live without:


Biggest break:

“Delaware Tourism Director Linda Parkowski cold-called me in the fall of 2015, while I was Dover Bureau Director and political reporter for WBOC, and asked if I had any interest in changing fields.”

Two words that best describe you:

Passionate and quick-witted.

Work/life balance technique you recommend:

“Find a life partner who can help you make the most of your time away from the office and be supportive when you need to focus your attention on work.”

Your advice for the next generation:

“Don’t underestimate the power of believing in yourself or the power of someone else, like a boss, mentor or partner, believing in you, too.”

In one sentence, define success:

“Success is finding joy in your life and helping others to do the same.”

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