Issue 6.33
August 14, 2020
Message from the President
“I've had to revise my entire business strategy a couple of times — this year.” That statement, from Ron Gomes of Painted Stave in Smyrna, resulted in the following reply from me, “Ron, did you say this year?” I didn't hear him wrong.

Just like many other small businesses around Delaware, many have had to pivot multiple times to reflect the new realities of operating in a pandemic. 

To be clear, all businesses have had to be creative and make adjustments. If we ever had a year when it was vital to celebrate small businesses who are doing remarkable things to keep themselves viable during these protean times — and in normal times — it is 2020. 

The Superstars in Business application period ends today at noon. Learn more >
Paving the Way for a Post-COVID World
None of us predicted what was in store for 2020. COVID-19 has rocked the globe. People lost loved ones, many without being able to say goodbye. Communities were asked to stay in isolation. Businesses were forced to close.

As we reopen with an eye on the future, the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware (UDCHS) is at the forefront of a post-COVID-19 world. Training health care professionals will be more important than ever. Read more >
Delaware Focuses on Creating a
Diverse Tech Talent Pipeline with JPMorgan Chase Foundation Grant
Nonprofits are a vital support system for local businesses and communities trying to bounce back

Local and state chambers of commerce, industry associations and tourism groups – all nonprofits, all small employers – are currently prohibited from accessing emergency assistance programs like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) due to a unique tax code classification known as 501(c)6 – “C6” for short.

With live events, tourism, and other key revenue streams on hold, they need emergency assistance to survive, so that they can bring back jobs and help their local economies and communities recover. Now is the time to act. Congress must allow all C6 organizations to apply for PPP loans and access much-needed support in the next relief package. Take action >

Delaware Technical Community College weathered the most unusual spring semester of its 52-year history this year, as a global health crisis forced instructors to work quickly with information technology staff to transition more than 1,800 academic courses to a distance-learning format over the course of a few weeks.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our entire Delaware Tech team, we saved the semester for our students and the more than 1,760 graduates who completed their degrees in the spring,” said College President Mark T. Brainard. “We learned a lot through the process, and developed some processes and resources we will be able to use even after the current health crisis comes to an end.” Read more >
Goldey-Beacom College DBA Program Attacks the Pandemic with Both a Sense of Urgency and Optimism
As the State of Delaware braced itself for the various and ubiquitous effects – medical, personal, emotional, and financial – of COVID-19, we in the academic community began thinking towards the future of education. For us, the onset of COVID-19 created a seismic shift in the way we interacted with students and each other. Many schools have developed online capabilities and training for their faculty and staff.

However, Goldey-Beacom College (GBC) had built its 134-year brand on excellence in face-to-face engagement with students. Luckily, the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program of Goldey-Beacom College, which began in 2018 on the platform of hybrid learning with both faceto-face and online components, was designed to thrive and innovate in this very environment. Read more >
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