Comcast Business is having a FREE webinar – "Making the Leap from Entrepreneur to CEO"

picComcast Business is having a FREE webinar on Thursday, June 30th on “Making the Leap from Entrepreneur to CEO”

Register to join our panel of experts on June 30, 2016, from 1-2 p.m. EST, as they share their perspectives on what it takes to create and maintain a successful organization as its CEO. This “Connections to Growth” webinar, Making the Leap from Entrepreneur to CEO, will be led by some of the best minds in the business.

MEET THE PANELISTS

julieJulie Wilson
Webinar moderator and founder/Executive Director of the Institute for the Future of Learning

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Owner of Marks Group PC, a highly successful small business that provides technology and consulting services

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Small Business Evangelist at Infusionsoft, publisher of Smart Hustle Magazine and Technology Evangelist at Smallbiztechnology.com

The interactive discussion will help you learn how to:

• Transform your role and build new skill sets

• Find your management style

• Harness the power of changeconnections

• Create and sustain a “learning organization”

• Use technology as a lever to lead

 

Find out how to take the leap from founder to CEO

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Global Entrepreneurship Network Startup Open

Global Entrepreneurship Network Startup Open

Startup Open is a competition to recognize and reward startups and the entrepreneurs behind them. Held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Startup Open will recognize the top 50 startups each year and award prizes to help them grow their business.

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Startup Open is a global competition to identify and recognize new and promising startups. It is open to any entrepreneur who has just or is about to start a new venture with a “startup moment” between November 22, 2015, and November 14, 2016.

A startup moment can be when a business is incorporated, doors open for business, a first sale is completed, outside funding is secured, or something else that can be interpreted as the company is “open for business.”

Startup Open recognizes the GEW 50 – the 50 most promising ventures from around the world– based on their growth potential, passion, creativity, level of idea development, and pitching skills. Those 50 companies will then compete for a grand prize trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2017. The winner will be announced during GEW, November 14-20, 2016.

Applicants will have until September 15 to submit their startup.

ENTRY DEADLINE: 9/14/2016

ENTRY FEE: No fee

DESCRIPTION: Startup Open is a competition to recognize and reward startups and the entrepreneurs behind them. Held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Startup Open will recognize the top 50 startups each year and award prizes to help them grow their business. Click here.

JUDGING CRITERIA: The GEW 50 and the winners will be selected by a panel of judges who are looking at a range of criteria including growth potential, passion, creativity, level of idea development, and their pitching skills. Each judge’s score is weighed equally. Rules.

Eligibility: N/A

Awards & Prizes: Global Entrepreneurship Congress Experience plus mentorship experiences. Click here.

Sponsors: Dell, istart, Startup Digest, and many more

Year Started: Unknown

Previous Winners: Dysolenator and many more

Shark Tank Casting Call Coming to our Area!

Comcast Business, The Official Technology Partner of the EEC, and ABC have teamed up to bring a Shark Tank Casting Call to Philadelphia!

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The casting call will take place next Friday, June 10th at Xfinity Live in Philadelphia.

The casting call will begin at 9:00 AM.

Comcast Business will be onsite throughout the day alongside ABC. This should be a great event and awesome opportunity for some.

Full details can be found below.

http://www.abcfullcircle.com/abclaunch/sharktankcomcastbusiness/

 

Delivery Circle to be featured at the Technology Forum of Delaware

We are pleased to announce that our own EEC client, Delivery Circle, will be featured at The Technology Forum of Delaware on June 22, 2016 in Wilmington!

Tech2gether 11/18/15-SpeakersThe Technology Forum of Delaware will be featuring its second annual Technologies to Watch Showcase to be hosted this year by Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor at their offices on Rodney Square in Wilmington during the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. The Forum will be spotlighting the compelling technologies and innovations that are inspiring new products, new services, and new businesses in our region. The Forum anticipates a strong showing of business, technology and community leaders, plus significant local media coverage. Last year, the Forum had over 250 people attend this event and this event is quickly becoming one of Tech Forum’s signature events.

What:      Tech+Jazz 2016: Technologies to Watch Showcase

When:     June 22, 2016

Time:       5:30 – 7:30 pm  

Where:    Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, Rodney Square, 1000 North King Street, Wilmington DE 19801

Website:  www.techforumde.org/event-2234185

 

 

Register today to support our EEC Client.

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Direct Mobile Transit Inc. receives SBA Backed Loan from M&T Bank: Jump start for New Start-up at the Emerging Enterprise Center

New Castle, DE – May 24, 2016

Last Wednesday, Direct Mobile Transit Inc., the newest start-up company at the Emerging Enterprise Center’s business incubator, held their Ribbon Cutting, in front of the four new Ford Transit Vans that were funded in part by the SBA backed Loan received from M&T Bank!

Participating in the Ribbon Cutting were John Fleming, District Director Small Business AdministrationIMG_5808, Yvette O’Donnell and Pat Ponzo from M&T Bank, Frank DeSantis, Program Director of the Emerging Enterprise Center, Mark Kleinschmidt the President of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, along with Direct Mobile Transit drivers, NCC Chamber Ambassadors, John Banks and Ellyn Herbert from the SBA, and other friends and family.

Started by brothers, Michael and Charles Bantum, Direct Mobile Transit Inc. looks to capitalize on the aging baby-boomer population by providing quality transportation service that supports the mobility, well-being and health of seniors and mobility challenged residents of New Castle County, Delaware. After spending the time researching their market, developing their business plan, establishing an understanding of the licensing, regulations, and partnerships necessary to operate in this space, and in building up their own capital to start the business, they incorporated in early 2016. Because of the thoroughness of their preparation, they were able to secure a SBA Loan, through M&T Bank, to purchase the 4 wheel chair accessible vans that they will be operating.

IMG_5798According to Mike Bantum, the idea for Direct Mobile Transit came from a personal situation, of having to deal with an aging relative, who although still very active, was no longer able to drive themselves, and wanted the flexibility to make appointments and continue daily activities without having to depend on relatives’ availability, or traditional van-pool services.

Frank DeSantis from the Emerging Enterprise Center said he is very happy to have DMT join the EEC. “Mike and Chuck Bantum are great examples of the type of entrepreneur we need to see in Delaware, as we seek to ‘grow-our-own’ companies. They saw a need, developed a plan to fulfill that need, and created a thorough Business Plan that demonstrated a good grasp of what they would need to do to achieve their vision.”

Direct Mobile Transit is currently working on hiring and training their drivers, and establishing contracts with some key partners. They expect to be up and running in June, providing transportation for facilities, non-emergency medical transportation and personal car service, that puts their customers in control of their mobility.

About Direct Mobile Transit

Direct Mobile Transit: Providing quality transportation service that supports the mobility, well-being and health of seniors and mobility challenged residents of New Castle County, Delaware. www.directmobiletransit.com

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About Emerging Enterprise Center

The Emerging Enterprise Center, a New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Initiative, is a small business incubator designed to provide businesses with a comprehensive program of Support, Advice and Access to resources, in a nurturing environment, so that they can grow their business, develop business skills and graduate with a sustainable business model

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Contacts:

Mike Bantum, President, Direct Mobile Transit, (302) 218-5106

Frank DeSantis, Program Director, Emerging Enterprise Center, (302) 737-4343

FedEx Launches Fourth Annual Small Business Grant Contest: $100,000 in Prize Money up for Grabs in 2016 Contest

FedEx is conducting a small business grant contest.  The contest offers grants to 10 small businesses, with a collective prize pool of $100,000. One Grand Prize winner of $25,000, one $15,000 winner, and eight $7,500 prizes will be awarded. The 2016 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is open to U.S.-based for-profit small businesses that have less than 50 employees and have been operating for six months or more. To enter, participants must visit www.fedex.com/grantcontest and enter their contact information, write a short profile about their business and upload four photos of their business or product, including their logo. While not required, participants also have the option of submitting a 60-second “elevator speech” video to supplement their entry.

The contest entry period is open from May 3 to May 30, 2016, with voting to take place from May 17 to June 13, 2016. Following a judging period, winners will be announced on July 11, 2016 at www.fedex.com/grantcontest.

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Emerging Enterprise Center Announces K-Video & Web Productions as official videographer sponsor for all business education events for 2016 at the EEC

10 business education events are scheduled for the remainder of 2016.

New Castle, DE, May 2016:  The Emerging Enterprise Center (EEC) has officially announced that K-Video & Web Productions will be the official videographer sponsor for all business education workshops for the remainder of  2016. One of the key missions of the EEC is to help businesses develop business skills to tackle not only the nuts and bolts aspects of running a business but also marketing, networking, and sales skills so that they can grow. K-Video has been a member of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce (affiliated with the EEC) for over a year now and has never taken on a series this large with the Chamber. With this new sponsorship, the EEC can provide one more benefit to its businesses for attending the business education workshops.

The Emerging Enterprise Center wants you to join us for Educational Workshops and Networking! Find a workshop for you and your business at www.eecincubator.com. Register today at www.eecincubator.com. Contact Frank DeSantis at desantisf@ncccc.com or 302-737-4343 for more information on the Emerging Enterprise Center and its many programs that assist businesses in the community.

About K-Video & Web Productions

K-Video & Web Productions specializes in Safety, Training, and Marketing video production. K-Video has been providing high quality, affordable video solutions since 1980. Our clientele ranges from small, local businesses to large, global corporations. We develop products that will represent your organization with pride and integrity.

Boost Your Spirit!

Nonprofit organizations are all around you. Each nonprofit has a specific cause that they are working to better. Today, there is a nonprofit for almost any possible cause you can imagine. These nonprofits function on your donations. Without your donations of money or time, some of these causes will never be confronted. Although it is hard to part with our hard, earned money, there are a number of benefits of donating to a nonprofit organization. There is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself with that money you earned but it might feel more satisfying to reward someone else with it. It’s about that proud feeling you get knowing that you have done something that may help others and support a cause you care abouboostt it.

A recent study by Harvard Business School faculty and graduate students titled “Feeling Good about Giving: The Benefits (and Costs) of Self-Interested Charitable Behavior,” explores the ways in which charity donations can benefit your psychological, spiritual and emotional well-being. So do yourself a favor, boost your spirits, help a cause, give yourself a tax deduction, and donate.

Did you know that the Emerging Enterprise Center (EEC) is a nonprofit? We are looking for donors like you to help us support our local entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs in New Castle County will help our local economy grow and bring more business and jobs to the area.
The EEC is designed to provide business support services to entrepreneurs and associated companies in New Castle County, Delaware. The incubator is not merely about a physical building offering lower rental rates, but rather is a profishbowlmoneygram intended to help new businesses succeed to the point of “graduating” from the program within a defined time period. The EEC provides mentoring, educational opportunities, networking events, shared office equipment, receptionist services, and other amenities that are vital to the success of a new business.

Participants have access to customized business and technical assistance geared toward the specialized needs of individual companies. The EEC provides an environment in which like-minded businesses accelerate their potential through interaction, partnerships, joint ventures, and other mutually beneficial collaborations.

Don’t you want to be a part of something that helps New Castle County and Delaware grow?
Donate to the EEC to keep the doors open, lights on, and programs going. Boost your spirit now by donating today.

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Paul Davis Provides Spring Storm Safety Tips to Help Prevent Water and Fire Damage

Spring is here and with it comes the threat for severe weather. Thunderstorms, heavy rain, flooding, lightning, hail and tornadoes are common during this time of year, and can cause significant damage to homes in minutes. Paul Davis Emergency Services of New Castle, a leading provider of fire and water damage clean up and restoration services, offers consumers some safety measures to protect their family and property.

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According to Stephen Haftl, Paul Davis office owner, every homeowner should have a disaster plan and a basic emergency kit for their family should a severe storm strike.  A family disaster plan should include where to assemble in the house when the storm hits (i.e., sturdy interior room or basement) and the nearest designated storm shelter if you have time to evacuate.

The Basic Emergency Kit should include:

  • Water – one gallon of water per person and pets per day for at least three days.
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for adults, children, babies and pets, along with a can opener.
  • Battery-powered or hand crank commercial radio and a NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Cell Phone with charger.
  • Flashlight.
  • First aid kit – sterile dressings; antibiotic ointment; scissors; thermometer; non-prescription drugs such as pain relievers; prescription medications and supplies.
  • Copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in waterproof container.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
  • Fire Extinguisher

Below are some valuable tips for protecting your property from severe weather:

  • Secure major appliances to the wall studs or foundation of your home using “L” brackets.
  • Inspect your roof and repair any loose shingles to prevent leakage from water and winds, and remove debris.
  • Repair siding, awnings, gutters, downspouts and brackets if loose or damaged.
  • Clear yard of loose articles and debris. Keep yard tools, patio furniture, grills, garbage cans and toys stored when not in use.
  • Trim trees and shrubs to prevent branches from breaking off during high winds.

According to Haftl, if damage to your home or business is significant, contact a properly licensed professional or company in the property loss restoration and emergency mitigation service industry. Look for certifications from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

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Paul Davis is a leading provider of fire, water and mold damage restoration and reconstruction services for residential and commercial properties. Local office owners nationwide are properly licensed individuals with certifications from leading industry organizations like The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Founded in 1966, Paul Davis has restoration, remodeling and emergency services franchise office locations throughout the US and Canada. Visit the local office website at www.pauldavis-newcastle.com.