Cape Gazette

Business Briefs

May 10, 2016

Valenzuela resumes president and CEO duties at First State Manufacturing

First State Manufacturing announces that Eli Valenzuela will be reassuming the duties and responsibilities of president and CEO of First State Manufacturing after the unexpected passing of David Hitchens.

“Mr. Hitchens helped us build upon a very firm foundation,” said Sher Valenzuela, vice president of First State Manufacturing. “His business acumen and strategic planning skills were fundamental as we continued to foster our partnerships in the world of commercial transit, pharmaceutical services and military support as well as developing our own proprietary products. While his passing is unexpected and we are personally devastated by his loss, professionally, we forge onward with business as usual.”

For more information, go to or call 302-424-4520.

New home service to help Rehoboth residents with waste containers

As a result of an amended Rehoboth Beach City ordinance governing when waste containers may be in front of residences, Rehoboth Can Caddy has been formed by longtime local resident Kathy Benson to help the many residents who may have difficulty abiding by the new rules. Effective Wednesday, June 1, waste containers for household, yard and recycling waste may not be placed at the curb earlier than 6 p.m. the evening prior to scheduled pickup, and must be returned to residences by 9 p.m.the following evening.

“With fines as a possible result, unfortunately this creates a hardship especially for part-time residents who leave Rehoboth Beach earlier than 6 p.m. Sunday who have traditionally placed all of their waste cans at the curb for pickup throughout the week. The City of Rehoboth has established a pilot program involving a fee-based valet service for household waste cans only, limited to 50 residents, which is only a fraction of those here on a part-time basis,” said Benson. “Our mission is to help both full- and part-time residents who are not part of the pilot program comply with the new requirements. Even those who have been accepted into the pilot program for household waste may still benefit from our service. We have solutions for everyone impacted by the amended ordinance, landlords, rental management companies, weekend guests, even those who simply don’t want to be concerned with thinking about it. Rehoboth Can Caddy will move your cans to the street at the appropriate time each week and return them on time as well. We will keep your cans out of trouble.” For more information, go to or call 302-236-0857.

Edward Jones recognizes Save for Education Day May 26

Edward Jones is recognizing May 29 (5/29) as Save for Education Day, a firmwide holiday with its name derived from the popular college saving tool called a 529 Plan. Since May 29 falls on a Sunday this year, Edward Jones financial advisors Janet Maher and Karen Wearden are celebrating the day Thursday, May 26, by wearing their favorite collegiate attire to their branch office in Milton. "At Edward Jones, we know that seven out of 10 families do not have 529 college savings plans for their children's future education expenses, so we are hoping to build awareness of the many options families have to help pay for college expenses," Maher said.

One option is the tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan, which gets its name from Section 529 in the Internal Revenue Service tax code. Features of a 529 college savings plan include tax advantages, flexibility and control. Withdrawals are federally tax-free when used for qualified higher education expenses, such as tuition, room and board, books and more. However, withdrawals used for non-qualified expenses will be subject to taxes and a tax penalty. Withdrawals can be used for qualified expenses at any eligible college or university in any state and even some schools abroad. The account owner, not the beneficiary (the student in most cases), retains control over the account. By retaining this control, one can ensure that the proceeds are used as intended. Maher and Wearden's office is at 28322 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Coolspring Office Park, Unit 5, Milton. For more information, call 302-684-5946.

State chamber seeks applicants for Superstars in Business Awards through Aug. 19

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and its Small Business Alliance are conducting the Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Awards program, now in its 18th year. The program recognizes extraordinary small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Delaware. The winning companies have been heralded as models of small business excellence, commended for their first-rate performance in such areas as strategic marketing, customer service, quality control and financial performance. They also excel as good stewards of the community, giving back and paying forward through leadership and employee involvement. Winners will be judged in four different categories: companies with 1-24 employees, 25-59 employees, 60-150 employees and nonprofit organizations. Awards of excellence will also be given to deserving companies. To be eligible, a company must be a member of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, must have been in business for at least three continuous years and must have 150 or fewer employees. Previous Superstars in Business winners may reapply after five years. The deadline for entry is noon Friday, Aug. 19. For the application form, go to To request printed copies, email Kelly Wetzel at or call 302-576-6564.

Spring sidewalk sale set in Rehoboth and Dewey May 20-22

The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce's 33rd Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22 (store hours may vary). It is a weekend for deals and fabulous finds. Sidewalk shopping in downtown Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Route 1 offers merchandise at bargain prices. For more information, call 302-227-6446 or go to

Dining Out for Miriam's Table fundraiser set at Nage for May 25

Nage will be the site of this month's benefit for Miriam's Table, a daily nutrition program that feeds over 300 needy children of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fundraising event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and  4 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 25. Nage is at 19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach. Nage is generously donating 15 percent of each check to the children's feeding program. Previous events at The Buttery, Confucius, Palate, Hooked, Nage, Rehoboth Ale House, Henlopen City Oyster House and Mariachi have provided over 3,000 meals for the children of Miriam's Table. To learn more about the organization, go to For more information or to become a sponsor, call Susie Keefer at 814-673-4148.

Business networking group meets weekly in Lewes

The BNI Rehoboth I Chapter meets every Thursday at Lewes Diner for a business networking meeting. Meetings are from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Visitors are welcome to come see the power of referral-based marketing in action. The only cost to visit is the cost of one's meal. For information or a reservation to attend, call Christine Davis at 302-236-1046, or visit www.BNIDVR.Com and click on the menu item Find a Chapter.


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