Senator Tom Carper Tours Bethany Beach Area Businesses

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U.S. Senator Tom Carper joined Bethany Beach Mayor Rosemary Hardiman, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Delaware officials, and Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce officials this week to visit small businesses on Garfield Parkway. WGMD’s Joe Ciccanti has more
 Senator Tom Carper discussed with area business owners the success they have had and asked them about…

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DE Unemployment Down Slightly

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Delaware’s unemployment rate has dropped a tenth of a percent to 4.3% for April – still nearly a full percentage point higher than the national average at 3.4%. In Sussex County, unemployment is at 4% in April – a drop from 4.5% in March. There were 21,500 unemployed Delawareans in April of this year, which…

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Grant Funding Allows for Economic Development Projects in Rural Maryland Communities

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Rural Maryland areas will become more attractive for tourism, jobs, and economic development thanks to a grant fund. The $50 million Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund will allow key projects, including: ‱ A comprehensive plan to enhance airline service and improve economic development through the Salisbury‐Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY). ‱ Dredging in the…

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Record Number of Md. Apprentices Earn as They Learn

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Maryland has registered more than 12,000 apprentices for the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, the most in state history. Participants are taking part in 182 active apprenticeship programs in partnership with more than 3,800 employers Apprentices are able to earn as they learn for a career in a skilled position in a variety of fields.…

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Gov. John Carney Announces Central Del. Career Expo This Month

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Attention job-seekers, and students considering career options. The Governor’s Central Delaware Career Expo is coming up Wednesday, September 21st. Governor John Carney said it will help to connect Delawareans with careers that are currently in demand, as well as with training opportunities. The event is also designed to be family friendly, with middle-school students also…

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Seaford Chosen for Chemical Company’s Expansion

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Seaford gets the Royale treatment. The Royale Group, a collection of specialty chemicals companies, plans to expand its Delaware presence by purchasing an underutilized building, the former BASF Polymer plant on Industrial Park Boulevard, now owned by Delmarva Central Railroad. The Delaware Prosperity Partnership assisted Royale with its relocation from New Jersey to a New…

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Del. Accepts Applications for Site Readiness Grants

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Delaware businesses or local governments that qualify are invited to apply for grants or loans from the Site Readiness Fund.Funding is available to support construction, renovation or improvement of commercial or industrial sites for new or established businesses. The fund was created through a bill that passed in the General Assembly (SB 127) last year…

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USPS Hosts Job Fair Wed. at Millsboro Post Office

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The United States Postal Service makes a special delivery in Millsboro Wednesday: a job fair between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Millsboro Post Office, 100 Main Street. Positions at that facility and other surrounding post offices are open and available to be filled. The initiative is part of a 10-year plan “Delivering for…

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Chicken Chat: Delmarva Chicken Association Releases 2021 Facts

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Chicken is a big deal on Delmarva.How big?According to the Delmarva Chicken Association 2021 fact sheet, the region’s chicken community produced 567-million chickens last year, generating 4.2-billion pounds of shelf- and table-ready chicken.Wholesale value of Delmarva chicken was also reported at a record $4.2-billion.Independent chicken growers experienced a slight decline in income from 2020 to…

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Worcester Co. Names Workforce Development Specialist

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Worcester County has hired a new Workforce Development Specialist within Worcester County Economic Development.Nancy Schwendeman will oversee the county’s initiatives to educate and train people to meet the needs of current and future businesses and industries.Worcester County workforce development partnerships also involve Worcester Tech High School, local chambers of commerce, the Maryland Department of Commerce,…

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8,100 Housing Units Coming Through Salisbury’s “Here is Home” Program

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Home construction is picking up in Salisbury through the city’s “Here is Home” housing program.According to Mayor Jake Day, the incentive-initiative will result in 8,100 new housing units over the next five years. The proposed construction represents a $1.4-billion expansion of Salisbury’s $800-million existing residential base.Single-family and multi-family homes, duplexes, townhouse apartments, condos, and assisted-…

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Revised Del. Paid Family & Medical Leave Bill Introduced

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A revised version of a bill that would make paid family and medical leave available for working Delaware families has been introduced in the General Assembly. Sponsors said Monday that Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill One has undergone a number of changes since the introduction of the Healthy Delaware Families Act last spring. “Through…

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Bayhealth Incentivizes Applicants With Student Loan Relief

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Applicants for certain positions with Bayhealth could get help with their student loans. In an effort to attract needed staff to its workforce, Bayhealth will provide qualified applicants with up to $30,000 of loan repayment. That’s for a three-year-commitment to work at Bayhealth. The program is available for nurses, respiratory therapists, patient care technicians and…

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NLRB Certifies Vote At Mountaire-Selbyville To Oust Union

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The National Labor Relations Board has certified the results of an election in which employees of Mountaire Farms in Selbyville voted overwhelmingly to separate from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27. An election last year was legally challenged and the results were thrown out without a ballot count. In the recent election, the vote…

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Several Area Small Businesses Receive EDGE Grants

EDGE grant winners in the entrepreneurs category were recognized Thursday (photo courtesy of the Delaware Division of Small Business)
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15 small businesses are receiving EDGE grants through the Delaware Division of Small Business. The Encouraging Development, Growth and Expansion program considers grants for businesses that are less than five years old and employ no more than ten people. Grants are considered and awarded in the STEM and non-STEM categories. “The EDGE Grant program is…

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Md. Introduces Supply Chain Resiliency Program

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Maryland is looking to address supply chain issues and the impact they have on businesses and citizens. Governor Larry Hogan said Tuesday that the Maryland Department of Commerce in coordination with the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership will form the Maryland Supply Chain Resiliency Program. Manufacturers will have the opportunity to learn and share best practices…

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday Ignite Holiday Shopping Season

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The day after Thanksgiving begins the holiday shopping crunch, although Black Friday deals have been available for weeks now. Small businesses also welcome your dollars, especially on Small Business Saturday. At the Crossroads of Delmarva, many Downtown Salisbury businesses are offering special deals as well as special discoveries Saturday. An artists’ market will also be…

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Caroline County’s Crystal Steel Partners With Ørsted To Build Turbine Parts

Ørsted and Crystal Steel of Federalsburg announced a partnership Thursday (photo courtesy of Md. Gov. Larry Hogan's Office)
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Ørsted and Crystal Steel of Federalsburg will be partners in Maryland’s first offshore wind steel fabrication center. A plan was announced Thursday for Crystal Steel to build wind turbine foundations for Ørsted. The deal is worth $72-million, and Crystal Steel’s workforce would grow by about 30-percent. “The entire mission of my administration has been to…

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