Issue 5.50
December 13, 2019
Message from the President
This past Wednesday we headed down to the nation's capital to host the  9th Annual Taste of Delaware   with honorary host, U.S. Senator Chris Coons. Held as close to December 7 as possible, the Taste of Delaware commemorates the anniversary of Delaware ratifying the Constitution in 1787   making us The First State. It showcased more than 20 of the state's very best in the hospitality industry such as The Starboard Restaurant, Capriotti's Sandwich Shop, SoDel Concept's Thompson Island Brewing Company, Hotel du Pont, UDairy Creamery, Painted Stave Distilling, the University & Whist Club, and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Read more
Analysis: Delaware’s Permitting Process Makes State Less Competitive, Inhibits Economic Development
THE DEMAND FOR SKILLED TALENT
Why Hiring Managers are Facing Big Challenges
It's a candidate's market right now. Last year, the overall unemployment rate was at a historically low level. Organizations in the business and professional services sectors added an average of 35,000 jobs per month through the first half of 2019. And over the past year, wages have climbed by 2.9%. The bottom line: Workers have increased confidence about seeking better opportunities and making career moves that are to their advantage. What does that mean for hiring managers? Read more
MOVE OVER 4-YEAR DEGREES
Make Room for Immersion
Trainings and Bootcamps

Delaware finds itself on the forefront of non-traditional education: Zip Code Wilmington, a nonprofit coding bootcamp, is changing the way people get critical tech knowledge by immersing them in a bootcamp experience. Gone are the days of thinking a 4-year college degree, plus master’s, plus certifications, plus, plus, plus…are needed to succeed in white collar careers. Today, it is becoming more of the norm, due to time and financial constraints and other personal factors, for adults to seek non-traditional education options to learn and earn, especially in the technology industry. Read more
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Small Business Credit Survey
The State Chamber is partnering with the Federal Reserve to conduct a  Small Business Credit Survey  for both pre-start and existing businesses, and we’d like you to participate. This short survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and the questions center around business conditions, financing needs and experiences. Summary results will be shared with you and all responses are confidential. The survey highlights the experiences of small businesses and provides critical information that service providers, policymakers and lenders use to improve programs for small business owners.  
The survey closes December 20, 2019
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