Kudos: N.C. Chamber Small Business winners, Newsweek’s top banks include WSFS, Delmar; DBRA honors Lowe,


The New Castle Chamber of Commerce announced the following  winners of its Small Business Awards

  • Small Business Icon Winner: Janssen’s Market
  • Finalists: Mrs. Robino’s Restaurant and Paul Campanella’s Auto & Tire Service
  • The business of the Year – Small Business Winner: Info Solutions
  • Finalists: Brandywine Technology and Union Press
  • The business of the Year – Mid-Market Winner: Marlette Funding
  • Finalists: Cover & Rossiter and Joseph Frederick & Sons
  • Small Business Advocate Winner: Denita Henderson, SBDC Delaware
  • Finalists: Dr. Dan Young (Goldey-Beacom College) and Mark Olazagasti (Info Solutions)
  • Community Service Award Winner: Hoffman Exterminating
  • Finalists: Cornerstone Health Partners and Blue Diamond Denta
  • Rising Star in Business Winner: Matt Laird, Assurance Media
  • Finalists: Matt Sapanaro (A.I. Whoo) and Ireida Grabill (Language Liaisons).

The event will be broadcast via Facebook Live and available through the Chamber’s event platform.  

Newsweek names Delmar, WSFS best state banks

Newsweek named WSFS  as the best big bank in Delaware. 

The website-publication also named Bank of Delmar as the best small bank in the state.


Two other banks with branches in Delaware also won “best of” awards. Shore Bank was named the best small bank in Maryland, with Bryn Mawr Trust getting the top honor among small banks in Pennsylvania.

Newsweek partnered with LendingTree,  assessed U.S. banks and the savings and checking accounts based on 55 separate factors. It’s the first year for the best banks listing.

Carper was honored by Farm Bureau 

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) was honored with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award in recognition of his legislative support of American farmers and ranchers.

The award, offered by the American Farm Bureau Federation, was presented by Delaware Farm Bureau Board President Richard Wilkins at Stayton Farm in Houston. The family farm is now operated by Delaware Farm Bureau Member and Delaware Agriculture Museum President Grier Stayton.

They primarily produce corn, soybeans, and hay from 200 of its 300 acres, but Stayton also practices cover crops plantings, permanent cover plantings, filter strips along ditches, irrigation with water management practices, and crop species diversity. He practices woodland management on the remaining 100 acres of his farm.

Stayton and his mother, Anna Grier Stayton, used a tractor purchased the same year the senator was born as a staging area for the presentation.

River and Bay Authority honors former commissioner Lowe 

Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials recently unveiled a bronze plaque to formally dedicate the Lewes Ferry Terminal Public Pier to honor the service and contributions of former DRBA Commissioner William E. Lowe, III to the bi-state agency.  l.”  

Appointed by Governor Ruth Ann Minner to the DRBA Commission in 2003, Lowe served for more than 16 years, including six years as either Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the governing board.

During his time as a Commissioner, Mr. Lowe was a strong, dedicated advocate for rebranding the Cape May – Lewes Ferry Terminals as community gathering places, which offer outstanding waterfront venues for concerts, festivals, and other events. 

Commissioner Lowe also encouraged public use of this pier, including visits from Delaware and New Jersey’s Tall Ships, the Kalmar Nyckel, and AJ Meerwald, respectively.