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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

An editor in chief for your business?

Good afternoon, Earlier this spring, I received a slick paper newsletter from Wilmington contractor EDiS. The carefully crafted print piece contained a number of interesting stories on the company’s projects and people. I read it cover to cover. While...

Delaware’s great recession and great reshuffling

Good afternoon, An entity known as the Economic Innovation Group continues to look into the shifts we have seen in the Delaware economy since 2007. Their study of distressed areas aptly describes this painful period that...

The downside of the  opioid tax 

Good afternoon, On Thursday, the General Assembly passed a little-noticed bill that levies a tax or as sponsors called it an “impact fee” on opioids in Delaware. Proceeds from the tax would go to drug...

A brief (and positive) encounter with Frontier Airlines

Good afternoon, It’s hard to believe that five years ago, we boarded a Frontier  flight to Phoenix from New Castle Airport. For a brief time, Frontier Airlines offered daily service to Denver, with a convenient connection...

Vari adds small business voice to China trade dispute

Good morning everyone, Tom Vari is back in the news. The owner of the Brandywine Lighting Gallery  in north Wilmington was first featured in a New York Times story on the issue. This column also took...

A Dogfish-Groupon update

Good afternoon everyone, A follow up on last week’s column on Groupon ranking Delaware fifth from the bottom as a beer state. Groupon ranked the state low, citing low scores for Dogfish Head brews on one...

Guest view: State employee post-retirement funding  in sad financial shape

By John Stapleford (Stapleford is  Director for the  Center for Economic Policy and Analysis at the Caesar Rodney Institute) The Delaware Public Employee Retirement System has released an audit by Cheiron of the actuarial value...

A stunning sale

Good afternoon, The news out of Milton and Boston late Thursday afternoon was a stunning development. Dogfish Head will merge with much larger Boston Beer in a  $300 million deal that had been in the works...

Hey Groupon – We’re not a beer desert

Good afternoon, An interesting story pitch appeared in my Email In Box this week. A writer from Groupon said he had noticed that Delaware Business Now covers the beer business in the state and wanted to pass...

Newark hotel-parking proposal deserves serious consideration

Good afternoon, A second proposed hotel project on Main Street in Newark produced the familiar complaints about the city losing its college town atmosphere. The first seven-story, hotel-office project from Lang Development recently gained the approval of...