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Delaware Business Now is a four-year-old, five-day-a-week newsletter and website operated by Bird Street Media LLC. Publisher and Chief Content Officer is Doug Rainey, a 30-year veteran of business journalism in the state of Delaware.  Business Now focuses on breaking business news in Delaware and immediate adjacent areas with apropriate background and perspective. Also offered exclusively in our FREE newsletter is commentary on state and regional issues. Have a complaint, question or even a compliment? Send an email to drainey@delawarebusinessnow.com. For advertising information, click on the About tab at the top of the home page Our business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call us at 302.753.0691.

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Delaware Business Now offers the powerful combination of a breaking news website combined with a five-day-a-week newsletter with breaking news E-blasts when warranted. Total yearly page views on the website total 1.2 million. It adds up to a great way to reach key decision-makers in Delaware and adjacent areas who rely on locally-owned Business Now for breaking, statewide business news...

Charges against State Auditor McGuiness temporarily dropped after dispute over trial location

A legal maneuver by State Auditor Kathy McGuiness' lawyer will lead to charges being temporarily dropped with the prosecution likely to change the location of proceedings to Kent County. Sean O'Sullivan, spokesman for the state court system, said state prosecutors "entered a Nolle Prosequi without prejudice and indicated it will submit the case involving Kathleen McGuiness to the Kent County...

ILC Dover to supply spacesuits for Boeing’s Starliner capsule

Newark-based ILC Dover was selected to be one of two providers of Boeing's Ascent/Entry Suit (AES) for the company's Commercial Crew Program and has developed an  AES spacesuit for CST-100 Starliner crews. "We are proud to utilize our expertise to create a new AES for the Starliner spacecraft," said Patty Stoll, president of Space Systems and Engineered Solutions at ILC...

The cost of having or not having paid family leave

Good afternoon everyone, An often cautious Gov. John Carney may have surprised some in the business community when he announced support for paid family leave in his State of the State speech. So far, nine states have put paid family leave/disability leave systems in place. The U.S. is frequently cited as one of the few First World nations without paid...

From the Bay Journal: Committee, ag secretary see no need to delay manure ban on many Maryland Farm fields

Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joseph Bartenfelder sees no need to delay a state regulation that restricts the use of animal manure to fertilize farm fields, despite a study warning there are likely to be problems dealing with the excess manure that is expected to result. Bartenfelder, in a letter to a departmental advisory committee, said that he was basing his decision on its...

Updated: DART gets driverless shuttles

Delaware’s state-owned DART transit system has received autonomous shuttles from manufacturer EasyMile The vehicles were featured on the transit system's social media page. Delaware Department of Transportation spokesman C.R. McLeod said an announcement on deploying the shuttles is expected early next year. EasyMile, a company based in France announced that one of its driverless shuttles is now used in bus service to...

2nd medical marijuana dispensary in northern New Castle County to open on Friday

A  New Jersey organization is expected to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the Newark area on Friday, the  Newark Post reported.  Compassionate Care Reseach  Institute received the contract for the facility in 2017,  but has been quiet on the progress of the project at the former Alexander's Garden  site on Ogletown Road. Sentiment has been growing for a second compassion...

Air Liquide marks opening of Advanced Fabrication Center in Glasgow

One of Delaware’s quiet success stories unveiled its Advanced Fabrication Center. The center, a part of  Air Liquide  and its U.S. subsidiary, Airgas, is part of its Delaware Innovation Campus in the Glasgow Business Community south of Newark. The Innovation Campus opened in 2007 and employs about 170. Its opening came during a time when the state’s economy was slowing down...

Bipartisanship seen in bill for key Small Business Administration loan program

By Michelle Christian, SBA Regional Administrator  President Donald J. Trump has signed the bipartisan, bicameral  Small Business 7(a) Lending Oversight Reform Act into law. Led by House Small Business Committee Chair Steve Chabot (R-OH), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Jim Risch (R-ID), and House Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez (D-NY); the Reform Act...

Restaurant owner gets probation in bribery case involving IRS officer

A Hockessin restaurant owner has received probation in a case involving bribery charges to an IRS agent. Delaware Online  reported Domenico Procope accepted a plea agreement calling for three years probation and a $100 fine in the case. The newspaper/website also reported that Procope proclaimed his innocence.  Click on the link below for a copy of the complaint Procope, Domenico Complaint Procope had been charged...

(Photo gallery) Hotel & Lodging Association honors award winners

The Delaware Hotel and Lodging Association honored top performers at its annual reception Friday night at the Embassy Suites, Newark. The event recognizes hotel associates in several service categories as well as Allied members, legislators and special from the chairman. The organization is chaired by Bill Silva, general manager of the Westin on the Wilmington Riverfront. Attending the event was New Castle...

Analysis: Low-profile Prosperity Partnership emerges with  website

Analysis: Low-profile Prosperity Partnership emerges with  website The Delaware Prosperity Partnership has launched a website as the low-profile organization takes shape. The announcement was in a corner of the weekly newsletter of the Delaware State Chamber, a backer of the partnership. The partnership lists its address at the Chamber’s offices in downtown Wilmington. More content is to be added to the site,...

Navient completes purchase of online student lender Earnest

Navient   moved into the student lending business with the completion of a  $155 million purchase of  Earnest,  an online based student and personal company based in San Francisco. The deal included $500 million in student loans. Navient is headquartered in Wilmington. “Combining Earnest’s best-in-class data science, digital marketing, and technology with Navient’s industry and capital markets experience create an exciting platform to...

Poke’ chain opens location in Mill Creek

A small  Midwestern chain, specializing in a popular sushi-style dish from Hawaii,  has opened a location in the Milltown area, between Wilmington and Newark.  Poke´ Brothers  also plans to open a location in Newark. The Mill Creek location is at 4571 Kirkwood Highway, with the second location planned at the Newark Shopping Center. The company has about 10 locations, mainly in South...

Buffalo Wild Wings opens at location near Delaware Park

By Doug Rainey High 5 Hospitality has opened a new location for Buffalo Wild Wings near Delaware Park.  Up next is a northern outpost for Sussex County’s  Touch of Italy. The company relocated the  Buffalo Wild Wings franchise to a site near the Delaware Park casino and The company relocated the  Buffalo Wild Wings franchise to a site near the Delaware Park...