Cape Gazette

Business Briefs

Jul 16, 2014

Free workshop on estate and retirement planning July 29

CLA Estate Services will hold a free workshop for seniors on securing their estates and planning their retirement at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 29 at Sussex Pines Country Club. Guests will receive a free workbook and gain useful information on such areas as pros and cons of wills and trusts; avoiding probate; long term health concerns and tax reduction planning. Seating is limited; call 866-252-8721 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Standard Time to confirm attendance. For more information, visit

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

The Bellmoor Inn wins fourth Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor

The Bellmoor Inn, 6 Christian St. in Rehoboth Beach, received its fourth consecutive Certificate of Excellence from world-renowned travel site Tripadvisor. Currently ranked in the top five hotels in Rehoboth Beach, The Bellmoor Inn & Spa prides itself on offering the best customer service and experience to all its guests. With over 500 reviews, The Bellmoor Inn continues to provide its guests with a comfortable and memorable stay.

For more information about the Bellmoor, visit or call 302-227-5800.

Wholesale Commercial Laundry Equipment expands to Delaware

Wholesale Commercial Laundry Equipment S.E. LLC, a laundry equipment distributor based in Southside, Ala., recently expanded its on-premise laundry service area to include all of Delaware, as well as several counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Wholesale also serves customers throughout the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina, as well as parts of Tennessee.

Wholesale is a full-service distributorship offering laundry equipment, installation, technical service, parts and unrivaled customer service before, during and after the sale, according to President Russ Arbuckle.

Laundry industry veteran Greg Whitman, Wholesale vice president of sales Northeast region, will manage the new territory.

Discover more about Wholesale at, or call 866-544-7228.

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.

ESGR names Gary Stockbridge new Delaware state chair

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, has announced the selection of Gary Stockbridge of Newark as the new ESGR state chair for Delaware.

The chair is an official Department of Defense volunteer position. Stockbridge will take an oath of office and be sworn in during a formal ceremony in Alexandria, Va., in August. Stockbridge serves at the pleasure of the assistant secretary of defense for Reserve Affairs. The position carries a three-year term and the protocol of a military two-star flag officer. Stockbridge will provide the leadership and vision for a team of 25 dedicated volunteers who are spread all across Delaware.

For more information on volunteering with Delaware ESGR and its employer outreach programs, contact Christine Kubik, employer support specialist, at the Delaware ESGR office at 302-326-7582.

Kimberlee M. Orth, CFP, makes top 100 women advisors list

Kimberlee M. Orth, CFP, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Wilmington, was recognized as one of the top 100 women advisors in the country by Barron's Magazine, a publication covering business and finance. Barron's recognizes the most outstanding financial advisors who represent the highest levels of ethical standards, professionalism and success in the business.

Orth was chosen based on assets under management, revenue generated for her firm, acceptable compliance and legal records, client satisfaction and professional designation, among other benchmarks.

In her Ameriprise practice, which includes clients in the Cape Region, Orth focuses on helping clients plan for their financial goals for a lifetime through a personal, long-term financial planning relationship. For more information, contact Joanna Pirhalla at 302-475-5105 or visit Visit for more information on Barron's.

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