Issue 5.49
December 6, 2019
Message from the President
Holiday retail sales and consumer spending appear to be off to a strong start!  USA Today  reports that “Americans spent more money Black Friday shopping in 2019 than ever before. Both online and in-store figures increased over last year as consumers grow more comfortable with shopping on their smartphones and tablets. Brick and mortar sales were up 4.2% over last year.” 

Here in Delaware, retailers also report a strong beginning to the holiday sales season. Our tax-free status gives us a “leg up” on area competition as price sensitive consumers look for great deals and savings. Read more
Featuring Guest Speakers:
Sam and Mariah Calagione
Co-Founders of Dogfish Head
Assurance Media, LLC

Significant changes to the law were passed by Delaware’s 150th General Assembly that all construction firms doing business in the First State should be aware of. Generally, these changes amend the Workplace Fraud Act (19 Del.C. §§3501-3515), create the Delaware Contractor Registration Act (19 Del.C. §§ 3601-3611), and establish an apprenticeship training requirement under the Large Public Works Contract Procedures statute (29 Del.C. § 6962). Read more
Q&A with Dr. Kim Allen of A Friend of the Family, Inc.

Tell us about A Friend of the Family. What do you do and what services do you offer?
A Friend of the Family, Inc. (AFOF) is an educational firm that provides alternative learning strategies and programming to students and families within various school districts across Delaware. Read more
Is your cyber security stuck in the middle ages?
A false sense of security. Yesterday’s security technologies have not kept pace with today’s evolved security challenges. Twenty years ago, organizations had centralized IT with a physical perimeter. Similar to the medieval approach of building a mote around the castle. Today, it is almost impossible to secure corporate
infrastructure using technologies that have not fundamentally improved for over two decades. Read more
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