M&T’s Spotlight Shop features Del. businesses; Brand refresh for Hotel Du Pont Du Pont; Navarro joins probe into marketing of ‘junk’ health coverage


M&T Bank launched its Virtual Spotlight Shop. The feature links to the company’s website, which draws  10 million visitors a month. 

Delaware businesses  included in the spotlight:

The Delaware small businesses are among more than  70 M&T  business clients throughout seven states and Washington, D.C., on an online marketplace designed to connect the businesses to new customers and communities. 

“M&T is a bank for communities – including the communities of local businesses throughout the areas we serve that have shown remarkable resilience and determination to serve their customers during the pandemic,” said Eric Feldstein, M&T’s head of business banking. “We want to support their recovery and growth by exposing them to the nearly 10 million visitors our website gets each month.”

This is the third consecutive year M&T has featured some of its business clients in a Spotlight Shop – but the first it’s been open to businesses throughout M&T’s footprint. The bank tested the concept in Baltimore during the past two years. 

In 2019, M&T launched its Spotlight Shop in a modular pop-up shop located in downtown Baltimore that featured 12 local retailers rotating through the space every two weeks for six months. Last year, M&T moved the Spotlight Shop online – a pandemic-inspired adaptation of the original concept – and again featured more than a dozen of its Baltimore-area business customers, including Boordy Vineyards, a 76-year-old family-owned business that returns to the Spotlight Shop for its third year.

A brand refresh for Hotel Du Pont

Wilmington’s historic  Hotel DuPont has refreshed its brand that works to blend the old and the new.

Philadelphia’s WFGD Studio worked closely with hotel leadership and owner  PM Hotel Group in the brand identity work. 
“Building on the existing brand, this refresh maintains the style and integrity of the iconic Wilmington landmark. The goal is to create a look that aligns with the forward-thinking Hotel Du Pont while honoring its legacy,” state WFGD Studio partner Jenny Yip.
The new design takes its cues from the details of the building,  its spaces, and the hotel’s history.
“Hotel Du Pont’s refreshed brand ethos, “History Unscripted,” leans into both the historical prestige of the luxury property as well as its innate ability to create lasting memories through remarkable hospitality and guest service,” a release stated.
“The Hotel Du Pont is rooted in tradition but reimagined,” said Jennifer Diamond Haber, senior vice president of Communications and Branding for PM Hotel Group. “We sought to communicate this concept of historic meets modern and of-the-moment. Travel is at its best when guests experience truly unexpected moments and walk away with stories worth retelling.” 
Buccini/Pollin Group purchased the hotel in 2017 as part of the redevelopment of the DuPont Building.
Other BPG projects include Deco food hall (2019), a re-imagining of the historic Green Room restaurants as Le Cavalier,  luxury apartment development 101 DuPont Place, and the construction of Chemours Inc.’s world headquarters. The  Playhouse is also undergoing major renovations.
Built between 1911 and 1913 by master Italian and French craftspeople, the Gilded Age hotel has been Wilmington’s cultural, commercial, and hospitality center for over a century.
The hotel most recently was one of the spaces used by the Biden presidential campaign leading up to his inauguration.
Navarro joins  insurance commissioners in forming  form  scam  working group

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro,  chair of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Antifraud Task Force, announced  the successful creation of the Improper Marketing of Health Plans Working Group.

“Robocalls, search engine advertisements, mailers, and endless telemarketing efforts aim to steal from those seeking comprehensive health insurance. All across the country we have seen scam artists build out networks of communication that center around selling insurance plans that do not offer residents adequate protection. They are merciless in their efforts, and they trick consumers into thinking they will have the coverage they need for their medical care” said Navarro. “There’s no need to sugarcoat it – there is deception occurring, and its being directed towards some of the most vulnerable residents. Covid-19 rightfully increased consumer concerns and led more people to seek out affordable insurance – but this concern has been manipulated by scammers. This Working Group will make headway towards ending these efforts to exploit residents.”

The Working Group is a new approach to address concerning increases in consumers being marketed away from Affordable Care Act-compliant plans to other products that do not offer comprehensive coverage for things like preexisting conditions or hospital visits. Many improperly marketed health plans claim to be compliant, or advertise under look-a-like naming that deliberately creates confusion, such as “Bidencare,” or “Healthcare.com.”

These products may be inadvertently found by consumers searching for legitimate coverage, or on websites where a fraudulent entity has purchased advertising.

The products offer lower rates, but are sometimes known as “junk insurance” because they don’t cover pre-existing conditions.



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