Business Briefs

June 21, 2017

New hires announced at First State Manufacturing

With ongoing expansion and vision for continued growth in the future, First State Manufacturing announced additions to its staff. New team members are Michelle Gist, marketing administrator; Dale Sands, director of manufacturing; and Edie Santoro, production manager. For more information, go to or contact Scott Crothers at 302-424-4520.

DryZone to offer opportunity to support Habitat for Humanity July 8

DryZone, in conjunction with Lane Builders, Weller Does DelMarVa and Catch it Live Studios, will be offering the community an opportunity to support Habitat for Humanity one board at a time, from 7 to 10 a.m., Saturday, July 8, at the DryZone Red Barn on Route 16 in Ellendale. The event will take place during the live recording of "Weller Does DelMarVa," celebrating their 200th show.

Pieces of 2-by-4 lumber have been donated by Lane Builders courtesy of Jeff Burton. These pieces can be personalized for a $5 donation per piece of lumber. The lumber and donations collected for personalization will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to be used in a later building project. The lumber meets criteria established by Habitat for Humanity officials.

"Weller Does DelMarVa" is a show that is carried from 7 to 9 a.m. on Delaware 105.9 and from 7 to 10 a.m. every Saturday morning on MyCozi TV DelMarVa, and Facebook Live. Streaming and production for this show is done by Catch it Live Studios. There will also be a prize wheel, pancake-eating contest and other activities including a drawing for a free crawlspace encapsulation being given away by DryZone. All are encouraged to support Habitat and celebrate at Dry Zone at 16507 Beach Highway in Ellendale.

Internet chat support launched for insurance consumers and agents

The Delaware Department of Insurance has added a live chat support feature to its website. The chat box offers online users a quick and convenient way to connect with a department specialist who can answer basic insurance inquiries. "It's our job to answer insurance questions, and our goal to be as accessible as possible in doing so," said Commissioner Trinidad Navarro. "Adding chat support is a win for everyone. It provides our consumers with near-instant access to our institutional knowledge, and it streamlines the process of answering the more straightforward inquiries."

The live chat support is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, except state holidays. During offline hours, consumers may leave their contact information with their message so someone from the department can contact them. To find the chat box in the lower left corner of the department's webpage, go to Consumers must enter their name and email address before initiating a chat. Agents and consumers with basic questions are encouraged to utilize the chat. Because of the sensitive nature of the information exchanged when filing a complaint, complainants should continue to call the department's Consumer Services Division at 302-674-7310.

Delaware State Chamber of Commerce unveils news website

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce launched its new website June 5. The revamped site was designed to deliver an improved user experience, more visual impact and easier navigation of content. The chamber has been serving the business community since 1837. The website’s new look and feel was created with its members and partners in mind. Features include advocacy resources such as a Find Your Legislator tool, bill search, district maps, and the 2017 Legislative Roster; the chamber job bank, which is free for chamber members to post job openings on, and open to all job seekers; and a membership directory of businesses throughout the state. It also houses a tourism-focused section directing visitors to partner organizations across the state. The chamber's weekly legislative updates can now be accessed directly from the website. All users will be able to register for events, find links to various state and county resources, and learn about the State of Delaware and the chamber itself. Chamber members will still be able to log into their password-protected accounts to manage information and submit company-specific events to the Members Event Calendar and more. To explore the website’s latest look and newest content, go to

Delaware searches for unclaimed property holders

The Delaware Department of Finance's Office of Unclaimed Property sent out letters May 8 in an effort to reach unclaimed property owners. Unclaimed property can include forgotten savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, and utility deposits and refunds. After years of inactivity, these accounts are now considered abandoned, and have been turned over to the state for safekeeping. The Office of Unclaimed Property has processed over 50,000 claims in recent years, successfully reuniting citizens with more than $402 million in previously unclaimed funds. To search the website or file a claim, go to Documentation can be submitted online through the state's secure servers, making the entire process safe and fast. For more information, call the Office of Unclaimed Property at 855-505-7520 or email

DSHA wins 22nd award for financial excellence

The Delaware State Housing Authority has earned a national award for accounting and financial reporting, extending its streak for the 22nd consecutive year. DSHA recently received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Accounting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its fiscal year 2016 comprehensive annual financial report. 

"We are all about achieving efficiency, transparency and results for Delaware citizens, and this high honor shows how agencies like the Delaware State Housing Authority are meeting those goals and being good stewards of public funds," said Gov. John Carney. "Clear, complete and accurate financial reporting is a vital tool to helping Delawareans and others understand how state government works for them."

The award is the highest form of recognition a government body can receive for financial reporting. Judging was conducted by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the GFOA program, including transparency and ease of understanding. "DSHA staff has proven year after year that it is committed to true excellence in financial management and stewardship, and this shows their exceptional work," said DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi. "We are pleased to again receive this recognition for our work on behalf of Delaware citizens."

To view DSHA's comprehensive annual financial report, go to

Homewatch CareGivers Dover named to multimillionaire club

Paulette and Jim Nacchia, local owners of Homewatch CareGivers Dover, were recently named to the company's multimillionaire club, as this business earned more than $2 million in revenue last year. From its Lewes office, Homewatch CareGivers has been providing home care services in the Cape Region since 2009.  "It's always a great feeling to see our franchisees grow," said Julie Smith, president and COO of Homewatch CareGivers, Greenwood Village, Colo. "We're pleased to welcome the Nacchias to our Multimillion Dollar Club. They are strong examples of outstanding Homewatch CareGivers franchisees. We're grateful to them, along with our entire franchise network." Homewatch CareGivers provides home care services for families arranging care for senior-aged loved ones and others living with chronic illnesses, convalescing after illness or surgery, or who prefer to age in their own homes under the supervision and care of highly trained caregivers.For more information, go to

Downs Automotive joins U-Haul dealer network

U-Haul Co. of Delaware announced that Downs Automotive Inc. has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Georgetown community. Downs Automotive will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment and support rental items. Downs Automotive owner Steven Downs is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of Sussex County. Both U-Haul and Downs Automotive are striving to benefit the environment through sustainability initiatives. Truck sharing is a core U-Haul sustainability business practice that allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks that is larger than what they could access on an individual basis. Every U-Haul truck placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air. The address is 21606 Park Ave. in Georgetown. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. After-hours drop-off is available for customer convenience. For more information, call 302-339-8044 or go to