Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., shows a photo of the Division Street building that will be constructed to house the Center for Urban Revitalization and Entrepreneurship as well as NCALL.

DSU to use $1 million grant for urban revitalization center

Jarek Rutz Business, Delaware Live, Education, Headlines

Delaware State University will use $1 million in federal funds to build an urban revitalization center. The money will come through a federal grant, announced Tuesday on campus by U.S. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester. The Center for Urban Revitalization and Entrepreneurship will be located at 225 W. Division Street in downtown Dover, one block from the university’s Dover Campus. DSU …

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Darby ordinance would make Wilm employers pay for shift changes

Charles Megginson Business, Headlines

Photo/Getty Images Business leaders are lining up in opposition to a proposed ordinance in Wilmington that would require service industry employers to provide two-weeks notice of work schedules and compensate employees when changes occur.  The measure, sponsored by Council Member ShanĂ© Darby, D-District 2, aims to provide more schedule stability for hourly workers at retail, hospitality and foodservice establishments with …

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Bill aims to reduce regulatory burden on small businesses

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A proposed bill in the House of Representatives would require state agencies to consider the burden new regulations would impose on businesses and take steps to minimize those impacts. Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, before adopting a new regulation, state agencies would be required to complete an economic impact statement. The statement would identify affected businesses, determine the cost of …

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Paid leave passes in Senate, heads to House

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Paid family and medical leave in Delaware moved one step closer to becoming a reality Tuesday after the Senate passed a bill to create the program along party lines. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Sarah McBride, D-Wilmington North, will now advance to the House of Representatives. The Healthy Delaware Families Act would create a statewide insurance program to provide up …

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Del. minimum wage to increase Jan. 1 and not everyone is happy about it

Charles Megginson Business, Government, Headlines

Delaware’s minimum wage will increase to $10.50 per hour Saturday. (Getty Images/Darren415) With Delaware’s minimum wage set to increase from $9.25 per hour to $10.50 per hour beginning Jan. 1, some are still sounding the alarm bell for the impacts such a move will have on small businesses — and consumers, too.  The adjustment is the first of four gradual …

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Kent considering $5M in grants for businesses hurt by pandemic

Charles Megginson Business, Government, Headlines

Kent County Levy Court Kent County is eyeing a $5 million grant program for small businesses and hospitality companies affected by the pandemic.  The program would include $3 million in grants for businesses with less than 100 employees to pay for employee wages and other business expenses.  Companies would have to demonstrate some negative financial impact resulting from the pandemic …

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Got $100 in coins? 4 Dunkin’ locations will give you $105 for them

Betsy Price Business, Headlines

    A Dunkin’ franchisee who says he can’t get enough change from is bank will buy coins. Photo by Jeff Weese of Pexels   Hot coffee, donuts, breakfast sandwiches and free money. What do these things have in common?  All of them are being offered at four Wilmington-area Dunkin’ locations.  Before you start the car and drive off to …

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Republican, Democrat join forces on complimentary bills to help grow trade professions

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Two bills passed Thursday will help Delaware’s trade professions grow. Photo by Bidvine on Pexels. These days, it seems like Democrats and Republicans aren’t able to agree on much. But on Wednesday, a Republican state senator and Democratic state representative combined forces to support each other’s bills and help Delaware grow and support the tradespeople it desperately needs. Their complimentary …