Embrace the Change: Succeed in a Competitive Market

On Thursday, October 4th SCORE Delaware will host a business workshop, Embrace the Change: Succeed in a Competitive Market, at The Den at Bear Trap Dunes from 8:00 am – 11:00 am.

 This free public event, sponsored by the Bethany Fenwick-Area Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Point, and Calvin B. Taylor Bank, will feature a panel of five local business owners whose businesses are pillars in the local community. Panelists will share their insights and stories of success in a competitive market, as well as strategies and best practices that have proven to be effective in challenging economic and competitive environments.

The event includes a complimentary breakfast, a panel presentation, a Q&A session with panelists, and networking. Registration is required as seating is limited. There is no cost to attend the event. You can register online at thequietresorts.com or call 302-539-2100 ext. 115.

The panel of local business owners will include:

  • Craig Lednum, Creative Concepts | Creative Concepts was founded in 1973 Bobbi and Wayne Lednum. Craig, one of their three sons, began working in the business as a drapery installer as soon as he was old enough. Since then he’s seen the business evolve from offering window treatments and accessories to complete home furnishings and design services.
  • Kami Banks-Kane, Banks Wine & Spirits | Banks Wines & Spirits was founded in 2003 by Russell and Mackie Banks with their children Ted and Kami, who began her career at Banks Wines & Spirits right after graduating from The Ohio State University. The store was named 2018 Retailer of the Year by the trade publication, Beverage Dynamics.
  • Jim Weisgerber, Bethany Blues | Jim has ownership in a number of local restaurants including Bethany Beach barbecue hotspot, Bethany Blues in 2003 and expanded with a second location in Lewes in 2009. Since then, the restaurants have become known for their award-winning sauces and rare and exclusive whiskey menu.
  • Gerald Hocker, Jr., Hocker’s G&E | Gerry serves as the Vice President of Hocker’s Super Center, G&E Grocery and Hardware Stores, which has served our area for over 50 years and employs approximately 160 people. The family-owned business recently relocated its Ocean View location to the 50,000 square foot space in the Salt Pond Plaza.
  • Susan Lyons, Coastal PointCoastal Point was established by Susan, a veteran of the newspaper industry, with editor Darin McCann, and a group of investors in 2003.  As publisher, she has developed a team of award-winning reporters, designers, editors, photographers and columnists. The organization also has its own app, Explore Coastal Delaware and a bridal magazine and website, Delaware Seaside Bride.

SCORE Delaware and the Bethany Fenwick-Area Chamber of Commerce have the common objective of growing the economy and workforce in Sussex County. SCORE Delaware is a non-profit which works closely with the Small Business Administration (SBA) by providing free and confidential mentoring to new and existing small businesses. The Bethany Fenwick Area Chamber develops and implements destination events, participates in advocacy efforts, and provides opportunities for networking, marketing and education, with a goal of improving member success and enhancing the quality of life throughout the Quiet Resorts Area.