Business Briefs Fall 2019

November 13, 2019

Open house at Friendly Flowers in Milton Nov. 16

Friendly Flowers Florist Milton will hold a Christmas open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at 12209 Coastal Highway, Milton. There will be door prizes, samplings of Christmas cookie trays, predecorated trees, sign-ups for Christmas design classes, and gifts available for purchase. For more information, call 302-329-9168 or go to

Mountaire sets food drive Nov. 16, packing Nov. 23

To participate in the 25th anniversary of the annual Mountaire Thanksgiving for Thousands program to provide food for those who would not have a Thanksgiving dinner, more than 100 volunteers will be stationed at local food stores Saturday, Nov. 16, distributing printed flyers to customers describing food to purchase to donate. Participating area stores include Milford Walmart; Giant, Rehoboth, Long Neck and Millville; Safeway Rehoboth; Walmart, Rehoboth and Georgetown; Hocker’s Super Center, Clarksville and Ocean View Salt Pond; Redner’s, Milford, Georgetown, Camden, West Dover and North Dover; SaveALot, Seaford, Millsboro; and Walmart, Berlin, Md. Beginning at 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, more than 300 volunteers will pack 10,000 boxes containing 155,000 lbs. of canned or boxed food and a large Mountaire roaster chicken at the Mountaire warehouse, 55 Hoosier St., Selbyville, to provide 46,804 Delmarva citizens a Thanksgiving dinner.  For more information, contact Roger Marino, 302-934-3123 or to participate.

Lefty’s to donate turkeys Nov. 16-23

Lefty’s Alley & Eats will partner with the Food Bank of Delaware Saturday, Nov. 16, to Saturday, Nov. 23, to provide turkeys for the tables of bowlers and families less fortunate this Thanksgiving.

When a patron bowls a turkey, which means three strikes in a row, Lefty’s will give them a turkey to take home and donate a turkey to the Food Bank of Delaware.

“If you knock down 30 pins, everyone wins,” said Jennifer Gooner, director of operations. “We are hoping to get a strong turnout so we can take a truckload up to Milford the Monday before Thanksgiving.”

Lefty’s Alley & Eats is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner at 36450 Plaza Drive in Lewes. For more information, go to

Exercise and brunch event set Nov. 17 in Rehoboth

Tara Gush, Melissa Walker, Heartwish Healing Center and Rise Up Coffee are collaborating to present a pop-up Buti, Bands and Brunch event Sunday, Nov. 17, in Rehoboth Beach. Buti Yoga, Band Work and Core Work will take place at HeartWish Healing Center, 301 Rehoboth Ave., followed by brunch at Rise Up, 502 Rehoboth Ave. Cost of $25 per person includes the class, coffee, mimosa and breakfast board. All are welcome. Call HeartWish Healing Center for more info at 302-727-5501 or email

Corporate tax filing extended deadline is Nov. 15

Last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects many corporate taxpayers, including those that have filed extensions for the 2018 tax year. Because the Division of Revenue recognizes that some taxpayers may have trouble meeting Delaware’s extended filing deadline because the return due date coincides with the extended due date for federal returns, Delaware will implement a grace period for corporate taxpayers who file on or before Friday, Nov. 15.

The grace period should eliminate the late-filing penalty for any Forms 1100 and 1100-S submitted on or before Nov. 15, but taxpayers who do receive a notice of assessment may file a protest with the Tax Conferee. This should be sent via email to, or by mail to Tax Conferee Campbell Hay, Esq., Delaware Division of Revenue, P.O. Box 8714, Wilmington, DE 19801.

For details, contact the Delaware Division of Revenue at 302-577-8205.

Preparing for Recession program set Nov. 20

Lokken Investment Group LLC, an independent investment firm in Lewes, will hold a discussion from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Lewes Public Library. Experienced investment advisor Jonathan Lokken, CIMA, will discuss his perspectives on preparing for a recession. A historical perspective will be presented along with investment strategies. The importance of the sequence of returns as well as asset allocation will also be discussed in an interactive learning environment. Lokken will present market data from leading economic indicators. Refreshments will be served. To register, go to or call 302-645-6650. While these events are open to the public, registration is appreciated. This event is educational and informational. No specific products will be discussed. No one investment program is suitable for all types of investors. 

Weis Markets raises funds for Food Bank of Delaware

As part of its 12th annual Fight Hunger campaign, Weis Markets and its associates raised over $343,000 for more than 150 hunger-relief organizations in the communities it serves. Donations at local Weis markets went to Food Bank of Delaware. “We are proud of our customers and associates for collaborating to fight hunger in the communities we serve,” said Ron Bonacci, Weis Markets vice president of advertising and marketing. “Over the past 12 years, our customers have responded to the issue of food insecurity in their communities with tremendous generosity, donating nearly $3 million. We remain committed to fighting hunger year-round in partnership with local hunger-relief organizations and will continue to complement our customers’ generosity with donations of our own.” The Weis Fight Hunger program, which ran from Aug. 29 to Oct. 2, allowed customers to donate using $1, $3, $5 or $10 vouchers, or by rounding up at checkout to help food-insecure families in their communities. Customers also donated shelf-stable items such as canned goods, pasta, peanut butter, applesauce or soup by purchasing items and placing them in donation bins at checkout.

Becker Morgan Group among top architecture and engineering firms nationwide

Building Design+Construction magazine again ranked Becker Morgan Group as one of the nation’s top architecture engineering firms in the 2019 Giants 300 Report. The annual report ranks leading architecture, engineering and construction firms nationwide, with more than 485 firms participating. Becker Morgan Group ranked No. 72 among architecture engineering firms and was also recognized as a leader in a series of sector-specific categories including grade schools, healthcare, hotel, office space and higher education.

W. Ronald Morgan, AIA, president of Becker Morgan Group, continues to attribute the firm’s success to its clients and staff. “It’s an honor to be recognized as a leading firm nationwide among our peers. We believe this recognition is a testament to the level and quality of service we provide clients,” said Morgan.

Becker Morgan Group emphasizes the importance of continuing education for team members, a value Gregory V. Moore, P.E., principal, says has contributed to the growth of the firm: “We remain committed to providing continuing education opportunities for our staff, including professional conferences, trainings and seminars, allowing the firm to remain abreast of industry trends so our team is poised to provide clients with innovative and creative solutions.”

Downtown Milford wreath sale now open

Downtown Milford Inc. is holding its annual Milford In Bloom Fall Sale, offering a choice of 22-inch Noble fir wreath, 22-inch mixed evergreen wreath, 28-inch mixed evergreen wreath, and wreath centerpiece. For an order form, stop by the DMI office at 207 S. Walnut St., Milford, or Gallery 37 at 8 S. Walnut St., Milford. A stand will be set up to take orders during Santa House hours beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, and continuing from 5 to 8 p.m., Fridays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays; and 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 23. This fundraiser will support the work of DMI’s Design Committee which enhances the physical and visual assets that distinguish Milford's commercial district. The sale will help in the efforts of Milford In Bloom, the committee responsible for planting flowers and greenery downtown each spring and fall. Milford In Bloom Chair David Pickrell said, “Your participation ensures the continuation of the spring flower planting of our lamp post and bridge installations.” For more information, contact Trish Gerken at or 302-839-1180.

Friends of KSI donates $4,700

The 7th Annual Friends of KSI Quarter Auction was held Oct. 18 and proceeds of $4,700 were donated to KSI. This group has donated more than $29,000 to KSI over the last seven years. Angela Spishock, Kathy Bunting and Linda Eckert led the charge to collect donated items so they could raise money for KSI programs and services, while also increasing awareness about KSI throughout the community. Held at the Farmington Fire House this year, just over 100 guests nearly filled the room. Attendees enjoyed visiting vendor tables, buying refreshments, taking chances on raffle items, buying 50/50 tickets and winning door prizes. KSI is a private, nonprofit agency providing vocational training, employment, supported employment, community integration, transportation, day habilitation, life enrichment and nutritional services to individuals with disabilities in Kent and Sussex counties since 1962. 

TD Bank tops small business banking

TD Bank ranks highest in small business banking in the South Region, according to the 2019 J.D. Power Small Business Banking Satisfaction Study. TD Bank's overall small business customer satisfaction score reached 854 points for 2019, reflecting a 25-point gain over 2018. This is the second time the bank captured this award, with the first in 2017.

The study measures customer satisfaction in several categories including channel activities, relationship with account manager, convenience, products and fees to determine rankings. According to the study, TD Bank placed first in communication and advice, convenience and channel activities.

Jay DesMarteau, head of commercial distribution, TD Bank, said, "In 2019 alone, we expanded our small business specialists group to complement our store network; introduced a new web and mobile platform for small business banking; and launched online account opening for checking accounts. We understand the important role small businesses play in the economy, and we're committed to helping them succeed by offering convenience and choice in banking."

Giant offers curbside pickup

Giant Food announced Giant Pickup earlier this year, allowing customers to place their grocery orders online and pick them up in as little as four hours at their local Giant without ever leaving their cars. Pickup is available from Giant stores in Rehoboth Beach and Long Neck. New convenient features include an expanded assortment with hundreds of new items, such as plant-based foods as well as unique global offerings. To place an order with Giant Pickup, customers may use any device to visit, or use the app, enter their ZIP code and begin filling their cart.