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Chambers honor ‘Superstars’ and women entrepreneurs Tuesday

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Two separate events honored Delaware business ‘Superstars’ and women in business on Tuesday.

  • Susan Leath, the publisher of the News Journal and the only African-American female publisher of a general-circulation newspaper in the U.S., was the keynote speaker for the New Castle Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Annual Entrepreneurial & Business Women’s Expo today. The conference featured four educational workshops and exhibitor showcases of more than 100 businesses and nonprofits. Donna Duffy, CEO of 3E Marketing Solutions  in Wilmington was named the chamber’s businesswoman of the year, and Dr. Traci Bolander, owner of Mid Atlantic Behavioral Health in Newark was named entrepreneurial woman of the year. The event was held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.
  • The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Alliance honored this year’s Superstars in Business award winners at their annual awards ceremony at the Hotel du Pont’s Gold Ballroom
  • Richard G. “Dick” Hatfield, founder of Colonial Parking, Inc., was awarded the Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Award from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce yesterday. The Gilman Bowl was established as a tribute to small business leadership. It is named in memory of Marvin S. Gilman, who served as an exemplary leader in Delaware. Hatfield started Colonial Parking, Inc. nearly 60-years ago with a single parking lot in Allentown, Pa. Today, he is chairman of the board of the Mid-Atlantic regional business. He is a life-long Rotarian, a former state chamber board member and a volunteer with several community groups.
    The awards are presented to companies that have been in business for at least three years, are small businesses based on number of full-time employees, and are members of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. See list of winners.

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