Women-owned

State programs like EDGE help women-owned businesses grow

Peter OsborneBusiness, Headlines

WILMINGTON — When Ashlee Cooper was offered the opportunity to return to the teaching job she lost during the pandemic, she declined because her toddler’s school hadn’t reopened yet. She opted instead to open an event-planning company. Her “ah-ha” moment came when someone saw her standing on a chair to photograph a balloon sculpture and suggested she use a drone …

loitering

Businesses: ACLU loitering lawsuit could affect our sales 

Peter OsborneBusiness, Headlines

Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. Take the lawsuit filed July 7, 2023, by ACLU Delaware against Attorney General Kathy Jennings and the city of Wilmington over the state’s solicitation and loitering statutes and Wilmington’s loitering ordinance. The ACLU claims the lack of specificity in the current statutes opens the door to selective enforcement.  At the same time, …

disabled submininum wage

Bill banning paying disabled less takes effect this month

Peter OsborneBusiness, Headlines

  Laura Randa started her search for a new headquarters with a list of 232 possible locations across the country before Delaware jumped to the top of the list. “Our final decision to move Toivoa and Toivoa Coaching’s headquarters to Delaware was made when Delaware passed legislation to eliminate subminimum wage for people with disabilities,” Randa said. “We hope to …

Buccini/Pollin Group crosby hill housing

Wilmington’s office-to-housing conversions add energy to city

Peter OsborneBusiness, Headlines

Chris Buccini bristles when he hears people talk about sky-high vacancy rates and slow demand in downtown Wilmington. “When I look at the Northern Delaware market, we have probably had our best year ever,” says one of the three founders of Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG).  “We’ve always been a big corporate town with companies like DuPont and MBNA, so we have …

City of Wilmington residency

Wilmington city, council lash out in fight over job residency

Peter OsborneGovernment, Headlines

Mob rule? Or B.S.? A weeks-long debate over Wilmington residency requirements for non-elected city employees has deteriorated into what might generously be described as “frosty” exchanges between Mayor Mike Purzycki and a pair of Wilmington City Council members. After a month of bitter debate, the 13-member council on Nov. 16 passed a five-year residency law for new hires that will …

New Castle County Hope Center

Hope Center plans to face budget questions with facts

Peter OsborneGovernment, Headlines

As homelessness increases in Delaware and COVID-related support dries up, the New Castle County Hope Center plans to roll out its new long-term sustainability strategy in January. It will include a companion dashboard demonstrating how big a dent in the problem the center has made over the past three years. New Castle County purchased the former Sheraton Hotel on Airport …

vacancy

Wilmington continues to see weak demand for office space

Peter OsborneBusiness, Headlines

Weaker demand for Wilmington office space coupled with rising interest rates and continuing corporate cost-cutting efforts is painting a dismal picture for the immediate future, according to a new 3Q 2023 Office Market Overview by Newmark. “Chief financial officers are looking at their remote and hybrid workers and thinking they can cut costs by downsizing,” said Newmark Senior Managing Director …