DEBCC Business Beacon
Issue #12 | October 2021
From the President's Office
Dear Members, Neighbors, and Friends,Happy October! I would like to begin the Fall season by thanking all of you who came out to attend our First Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser with us, and for celebrating our first year together. We have so much to celebrate, and at the same time, we have much to accomplish. Our journey together has only just begun, and we are just getting started!
As we welcome Autumn, we also take the time to pause and reflect on our progress, as well as to focus on our future, and importantly, extend our heartfelt thanks to our community business partners, our State legislators, and our community of members, who working together with us, make it all happen.
As I always say – together, we are stronger!
We have much to look forward to in October, from the roll out of programming to new and exciting events and opportunities, we look forward to the Fall season with you, our valued members.
As always, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your continued support, and for your tireless efforts in helping to advance Delaware’s collective economic footprint in a way that levels the playing field for all.
Founder, President & CEO
|First Anniversary Sold Out Gala and Fundraiser|
We celebrated our First Anniversary on September 17th at the Christiana Hilton. Due to overwhelming support for the DEBCC among the public, Delaware state officials, and local area businesses, the event sold out quickly to maximum capacity.
Numerous Delaware dignitaries, business leaders and elected officials were on hand to lend their voice and their support, including Governor Carney, Dr. Bethany Hall-Long, Matthew Meyer, Auditor Kathy McGuiness. Our event served to help fund operations and programing, which is currently being rolled out statewide, as both membership and programs continue to grow rapidly.
One of our key roles in serving Delaware’s business community, is to level the playing field for minority-owned businesses, ensure equity, and ultimately advance Delaware’s collective economic footprint. In doing so, we endeavor to serve as a support eco-system for all area businesses, and support for this, and other events, make those things possible.
The evening was nothing short of amazing. We so appreciate everyone’s support for our community, and our sincerest thanks to everyone for coming out and celebrating with us. Thanks to Governor Carney, Dr. Bethany Hall-Long, Matthew Meyer, Auditor Kathy McGuiness, and all the other state officials for being in attendance. Your support means more to us than is possible to put into words. At the DEBCC, our mantra is that we are ‘Stronger Together’, and our strength was on display big time that evening!
Additionally, there were four Award Honorees: Eunice LaFate - Member of the Year, Delaware Business Times - Sponsor of the Year, Helping One More Entrepreneur (H.O.M.E.) - In-Kind Sponsor of the Year, and Michelle Taylor/United Way of Delaware - Supporter of the Year.
The keynote address was given by Markevis Gideon of Nerdit Now, who gave an inspiring speech.
We once again want to thank everyone involved for making the past year a success, from our advisory board to our staff, our business community to our elected officials to our sponsors, and everyone along the way who has contributed to make the past year happen. As we continue to roll out programing, we have big things in store for the coming year, and we will look forward to celebrating our outcomes and another milestone in our second year.
What Our Members Are Saying!
“I recently attended the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce's 1st-anniversary celebration.
It was an honor to be in the same room with so many inspiring entrepreneurs, community leaders, and innovators.
The Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce is such an incredible asset to the community. Congratulations to the fabulous Ayanna Khan on all of her success! I look forward to celebrating many more years of success with the DEBCC!!!” - Sharonda Elizabeth Everett, Community Engagement Coordinator, United Way of Delaware
UPCOMING EVENTS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!DEBCC- UPDATING YOUR HUB/BACK OFFICE
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM) (EDT)
Join Jenn as she runs through how to update your Hub/your DEBCC back office.On Zoom DEBCC- UPDATING YOUR HUB/BACK OFFICE - Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce Pop Up Shop at Christiana Mall Info Session with Crystal Hughes
Thursday, October 7, 2021 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM) (EDT)
Come join us on zoom as Crystal presents the information of having a Popup Shop at the Christiana Mall. On Zoom Pop Up Shop at Christiana Mall Info Session with Crystal Hughes - Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce (debcc.org) You May Be in International Business and Not Know It: Getting Ready to Enter International Markets
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM) (EDT)
Please join the World Trade Center Delaware and the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce on October 12th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a VIRTUAL lunch and learn. You May Be In International Business And Not Know It: Getting Ready To Enter International Markets - Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce (debcc.org) DEBCC Event - Facilitated byGGA - “Built to Last”– Best Practices for Diversity in the Construction Industry
Thursday, October 14, 2021 (4:30 PM - 6:00 PM) (EDT)
Lorri Grayson, President of GGA Construction will share about the role that diversity plays in the construction marketplace. She will also provide a short presentation about how GGA grew over the last 15 years and how diversity played a key role in their success. GGA Construction Offices:
1130 Industrial Drive, Middletown, DE 19971 DEBCC Event - Facilitated by GGA - “Built to Last”– Best Practices for Diversity in the Construction Industry - Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce DEBCC RIBBON CUTTING for Heart Full of Soul DBA Aunt Vonda's Kitchen Table
Friday, October 15, 2021 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (EDT)
Come join us celebrate Heart Full of Soul ribbon cutting. More information to be announced.Address:
16 Salem Village, Newark, DE 19713DEBCC RIBBON CUTTING for Heart Full of Soul DBA Aunt Vonda's Kitchen Table - Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce DEBCC Ribbon Cutting for The Mailbox Store of New Castle
Friday, October 15, 2021 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM) (EDT)
Come join us as we celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony of The Mailbox Store of New Castle.The Mailbox Store of New Castle:
20 Penn Mart Shopping Ctr, New Castle, DE 19720-4207DEBCC Ribbon Cutting for The Mailbox Store of New Castle - Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce DEBCC EVENT - Resh Evening Mixer
Monday, October 18, 2021 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM) (EDT)
Come network with us at RESH as they host an evening mixer. IN PERSON EVENT! Resh:
206 Jestan Blvd., New Castle, DE 19720 DEBCC EVENT - Resh Evening Mixer - Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce DEBCC Ribbon Cutting for 2G's Beauty Supply
Friday, October 22, 2021 (3:30 PM - 5:00 PM) (EDT)
Come join us as we celebrate the ribbon cutting of 2G's Beauty Supply.Address:
608 Plaza Drive, Newark, DE 19702DEBCC Ribbon Cutting for 2G's Beauty Supply - Delaware Black Chamber of CommerceDEBCC EVENT - DE Hospice Monday, October 25, 2021 (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM) (EDT) Come join us at DE Hospice as the present, More than Hospice. On Zoom DEBCC Webinar facilitated by Delaware Hospice - More than Hospice - Delaware Black Chamber of CommerceDEBCC MIXER at Sikar Lounge Tuesday, October 26, 2021 (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM) (EDT)Come join us at Sikar Lounge to network. Address1624 N DuPont StreetWilmington, DE DEBCC MIXER at Sikar Lounge - Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce
Welcome New Members! Join us in welcoming the following businesses who have become DEBCC Members in the past month:
|2G'S Beauty Supply|
Atlas Express Courier. Inc.
Better Business Bureau Serving Delaware
Cookies Paper Petals
Delaware Association of REALTORS®
Delaware City Refining Company
Dynasty Styling Studios
Eddee Boone Consultant LLC
Everyone can achieve LLC
Geo Wealth Solutions, LLC
L-Rae's Party in a Can llc
NOTO Permanent Aesthetics
The Flower Place of New Castle, LLC
The Flower Place of Newark, LLC
Please Join Us!
Become a member today and let’s work together to advance our economic footprint in Delaware during these unprecedented times. We can’t wait to help you grow your business!
To learn more, sign up for our events and membership at https://debcc.org