Cape Gazette

Business Briefs

Aug 12, 2014

DHA presents Playtime at the Beach Aug. 16

The Delaware Humane Association offers Playtime at the Beach, a series of doggy happy hours hosted by local restaurants and bars in Rehoboth Beach. Dogs are welcome at each venue but must be leashed. A portion of the proceeds from each happy hour will be donated to DHA.

Next happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, at Rigby’s Bar & Grill, 404 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach. Rigby's is a contemporary neighborhood bistro featuring American cuisine incorporating a French cooking style. For more information, visit or call 302-227-6080. For more dates and venues, visit

Protecting Your Life Savings free seminar Aug. 21

Retirement, estate planning, and elder care are on the mind of anyone approaching retirement.

“The best protection of your retirement income is knowledge,” said Jose Echeverri, principal of SWAN Financial Group of Dover and a senior professional executive with extensive experience in business administration and financial services.

Echeverri will host How to Protect Your Life Savings, a free, 90-minute seminar at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1706 N. DuPont Highway, Dover.

The agenda will include estate planning attorney Steve Schwartz, and Carolyn Humphrey, a financial strategist from Rockwell Associates.

Call 302-724-9538 to reserve a seat. Walk-ins are welcome, but seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Barnett-Baker joins Tastefully Simple

Nichole Barnett-Baker of Georgetown has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 delicious, easy-to-prepare foods.

As an independent business owner, Barnett-Baker offers food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions. All of Tastefully Simple's products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.

For more information about Tastefully Simple products, taste-testing parties or starting a Tastefully Simple business, contact Barnett-Baker at For more information about Tastefully Simple, visit

Employers urged to use tax credit

With the return of the Delaware National Guard’s 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Delaware Gov. Jack A. Markell reminds employers about the state’s Veterans Opportunity Tax Credit.

“Military veterans possess skills that strengthen our workforce, and we should do everything we can to help these men and women find gainful employment when they return home,” said Markell. “We are grateful to local employers who support Delaware veterans and we, in turn, want to ensure they take advantage of the tax credit available to them.”

The credit, signed into law by Markell in August 2012, offers Delaware employers up to $1,500 a year - for three years - for each veteran hired. To qualify for the credit, veterans must have received an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, or a Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. They must also be hired between Jan. 1, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2016.

Lori M. Leonard joins The Pampered Chef

Millsboro resident Lori M. Leonard has joined The Pampered Chef, the largest direct seller of cookware and accessories for entertainment at home, as an independent consultant. Leonard will offer cooking shows to teach people how to cook at home easily and affordably, as well as provide practical solutions for family mealtimes.

The Pampered Chef's independent consultants organize, develop and maintain their business according to their personal needs. They determine their own hours, goals and levels of achievement. By holding just two cooking shows a week, the average consultant can earn more than $850 a month.

For more information about hosting a cooking show or purchasing products, call Leonard at 302-228-2108 or visit For more information about the Pampered Chef, call 1‐800‐266‐5562, visit or like on Facebook.

TD Bank launches online community for financial guidaance

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, recently introduced TD Helps, an online social community providing financial information and guidance to U.S. consumers.

TD Helps is a managed community where people can ask questions about a wide range of personal finance topics and receive answers from knowledgeable TD Bank specialists and other consumers.

From first-time home buying to planning for retirement, TD Helps specialists guide consumers on their personal financial journeys.

Specialists answer all questions submitted to TD Helps, and if a question cannot be published for privacy or other reasons, the TD Helps program team will respond to the consumer privately within 24 hours via email. All answers are checked for accuracy before they are published. To visit TD Helps, go to

Raymond F. Book accountants earn designation

Raymond F. Book & Associates PA, Certified Public Accountants, announces that Andrew Watson, Jessica Raymond, CPA, and Donna Austin, CPA, have successfully obtained designation as Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors. Watson, Raymond and Austin are accountants at Raymond F. Book & Associates., a certified public accounting firm with offices in Dover, Middletown and Lewes. They have extensive experience in utilizing QuickBooks.  Watson and Raymond work at the Dover location, and Austin is in the Middletown office.

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