Free Workshop for Entrepreneurs

Building a Workforce for All Seasons: Free Workshop for Entrepreneurs  

The “Building a Workforce for All Seasons” Forum sponsored by SCORE Delaware, M&T Bank, and the Bethany Fenwick-Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on October 6th, 2016, at The Den at Bear Trap Dunes from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. This free public workshop features key note speaker, Dr. Ileana Smith, the Vice President of Delaware Technical Community College, along with a panel of highly successful Sussex County entrepreneurs who will share their strategies on recruiting, hiring, and retaining a talented workforce.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with workforce development professionals to learn more about J-1 students, internship programs and much more.   All attendees will also enjoy a complimentary breakfast. The panel will include:


Dr. Ileana Smith:  Serving Delaware Technical Community College for over 35 years, Dr. Smith is dedicated to education, economic development and students.   Her career demonstrates experience in all aspects of higher education including workforce development and marketing.


Chris Schell:  Upon leaving a successful career as a hedge fund manager, Chris co-founded Schell Brothers in 2003 with his twin brother Preston.  He has grown Schell Brothers into one of the fastest growing and most respected builders in the country


Scott Kammerer:  President of the James A. Beard Award winning SoDel Concepts, which consisting of 9 restaurants, a catering company and a food truck. Scott is a founding partner of Highwater Management and Haley Kammerer Restaurant Consulting, which has worked with and managed 50 clients.


Gerald Hocker, Jr.:  Gerry is the Vice President of Hocker’s Super Center, G&E Grocery and Hardware Stores, which has served our area for 45 years and employs approximately 160 people.   The family-owned business continues to grow with the recent acquisition of the Salt Pond Plaza.


Heather DeMarie:  After exploring many different career paths, Heather embraced her entrepreneurial spirit. She began operating Heather’s Home Works as a solo cleaner in 2003. Today, she has a roster of over 500 clients and has 49 employees. Her goal is to reach $1 million in sales by the end of 2017.


SCORE Delaware, M&T Bank and the Bethany Fenwick-Area Chamber of Commerce have the common objective of growing the economy and creating jobs in Sussex County.  The Coastal Point and The Den at Bear Trap are also supporting sponsors of the event.   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.


Registration is required as seating is limited.   Register early as last year was a sellout.  There is no cost to attend the event and includes breakfast.  You can register online at or call 302-539-2100.