Chamber announces ‘Superstar’ winners

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gilman(From the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce)

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s (DSCC) Small Business Alliance (SBA) is pleased to announce this year’s Superstars in Business award winners, who will be recognized at an awards ceremony in November.

The Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Award, named for one of Delaware’s leading small business entrepreneurs, honors businesses and nonprofit organizations for their achievements and model approaches to business and management.

The awards are presented to companies that have been in business for at least three years, are small businesses based on a number of full-time employees, and are members of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. Awards of Excellence are also granted to deserving companies.  The awards program has been in existence since 1998.

 2015 Superstars in Business Award Winners:

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay (Nonprofit category)
This organization serves nearly 10,000 girls  in grades k-12 and 4,000 adults on the Delmarva Peninsula. While offering girls and young women personal growth and leadership experience, the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay also coordinates girl-led community service and programs ranging from science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness. The GSCB experience aims to promote self-discovery, connecting with others and taking action to make the world a better place.

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc.  (1-24 employee category)
Founded in 1985, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. has grown from a sole proprietorship providing 1-on-1 tutoring to children and adults in only a handful of subjects into a full-service education company which serves children, adults, schools, districts, corporations and the government. As Delaware’s only Department of Education approved 1-on-1 private school, the company has expanded its translating and interpreting education services to include 16 foreign languages and sign language.

Bernardon (25-59 employee category)
Established in 1973, Bernardon has been continuously operating for the past 42 years. The firm specializes in regional architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with offices in Wilmington, Delaware and Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Bernardon aims to provide client focused, high quality and fiscally responsible design and management services in an environmentally sustainable matter. The firm prides itself on leadership, resilience and unwavering focus to serve their clients.

SoDel Concepts (60-150 employee category)

SoDel is a multi-faceted hospitality company based in Rehoboth Beach, operating eight restaurants, a catering company, a hospitality management company, restaurant consulting company as well as a craft soda company. SoDel also has a charitable foundation. Company founder Matt Haley had a vision and created a plan during the time he was incarcerated after enrolling in a prison culinary program. A part of the company mission is based on Haley’s belief in everyone deserving a second chance, and “to celebrate one’s own success, one must give to those who are less fortunate.”

 2015 Award of Excellence Winners
The First Tee of Delaware (Nonprofit category)
Sussex Printing Corporation/The Guide (1-24 employee category)
Bramhall + Hitchen Insurance (25-59 employee category)
Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, CPAs (60-150 employee category)

Awards ceremony information:
November 10th  at 11:15 a.m.
Hotel du Pont’s Gold Ballroom



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