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December/January 2014 In This Issue

Run & Plunge into 2014 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Recapping the Expo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Silent Auction Donations . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2013 Corporate Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Time Is Running Out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Event Recap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Young Professionals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Member in the Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Ribbon Cuttings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Renewing Members. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Welcome New Members. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Referral Thanks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Member Thanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Selbyville Christmas Parade. . . . . . . . . . . 7

Mark Your Calendar

Visit for more information and to register for all the events and workshops below. Speed Networking Thursday, December 5th | 8 a.m. D’Ortone’s Homestyle Italian Restaurant & Tap 38450 Hickman Road, Ocean View 53rd Annual Selbyville Christmas Parade Friday, December 6th l 7:00 p.m. Church Street, Selbyville Connect for Coffee Wednesday, December 11th l 8:00 -10:00 a.m. La Vita Bella 96 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 1, Ocean View Hair of the Dog / 18th Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Wednesday, January 1st Downtown Bethany Beach Visit for full details Connect for Coffee Tuesday, January 7th l 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. The Artful Bean 20 N. Pennsylvania Ave, Bethany Beach Business After Hours Wednesday, January 22nd l 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Papa Grande’s, 38929 Madison Avenue, Selbyville Membership Breakfast Thursday, January 30th l 8:00 a.m. Hyatt Place Dewey Beach 1301 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach

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The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership celebration on Thursday, October 17th at DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green. Fenwick Wine Cellars was fittingly the event sponsor for the themed evening, the Red, Red Wine Membership Celebration. With over 100 members attending, the theme really took hold as some members simply wore a red scarf, ribbon or tie while others wore red dresses, shirts or sassy red shoes. To “top it all off,” Fenwick Wine Cellars generously gifted each attendee with a bottle of, you guessed it, red, red wine. Also, thank you to supporting sponsor, Delaware Wave and spotlight sponsor, Comcast Spotlight. The evening highlighted the accomplishments of our membership, recognized members with 25 years or more of affiliation with the Chamber and inducted new Board President, Kami Banks, from Banks Wine and Spirits along with new Board Members: Sara Booth, Ryan Homes; Jim Brannon, Atlantic General Hospital; Jeff Evans, Great Scott Broadcasting and Terri Mahoney, WMDT. Todd Hickman of NVHomes Coastal Division was awarded the prestigious Lighthouse Award gifted by Bellinger’s Jewelry. The award honors a long-term chamber member, who contributes outstanding leadership and devotion to both the Chamber and local community. Closing the chapter on his service to the Chamber Board of Directors, Todd Hickman was the perfect recipient for the 2013 Lighthouse Award. Hickman’s extensive resumé includes volunteer efforts, life-saving practices and certifications, all while leading NVHomes, competing in athletic events, and being a devoted father and husband. Congratulations Todd Hickman! The Chamber, also presented five business awards to the following members: Community Spirit Award | The Cottage Café Member of the Year | Jeff Evans, Great Scott Broadcasting New Member of the Year | Lisa Daisey, JuiceBox Best in Business | Bear Trap Dunes Golf Course Inspiring Business Award | Kyle Morgan, Mercantile Processing, Inc.

In honor of Arlene Hauck, the 2013 Ambassador of the Year award was presented to new member and new ambassador, Kevin McCourt, Cogitation, LLC. Kevin has taken the roll of ambassador and has run away with it. Attending many events, sponsoring the Lifeguard Awards, recruiting members and more, Kevin’s work was duly recognized by his peers. Thank you to all that attended the Member Celebration, we are already looking forward to celebrating our members next year! The Chamber | 1

Our Mission

The Chamber is a voluntary organization uniting businesses and professional individuals and entities to accomplish collectively what could not be done individually.


Well Not Quite Yet But We Are Planning Ahead

New Year’s Day, Downtown Bethany Did you know some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include “getting fit,” “spending more time with family and friends,” and “creating a better work/play balance”? Well now is your chance to get a jump start on all three with the Hair of the Dog 5k/10k and the 18th Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos. RUN and PLUNGE into the new year with the QRCF and Chamber! Start your year off with a SPLASH and register today!


President: Kami Banks, Banks Wines & Spirits President-Elect: Anne Powell, Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty Vice-President: Richard Mais, McCabe’s Gourmet Market Secretary: Jenn Jones, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays Treasurer: Ron Derr, PKS & Company, P.A.


Jim Brannon, Atlantic General Hospital Sara Booth, Ryan Homes Jeff Evans, Great Scott Broadcasting Ernie Felici, Creative Resource Group Tim Haley, Blue Crab of Bethany Beach Rick Hundley, Baja Beach House Grill Terri Mahoney, WMDT

Legal Counsel

Harold Dukes, Jr., Tunnell & Raysor, P.A.

The Chamber Staff Director of Membership Kristie Maravalli • ext. 115 Member Benefits & Program Manager Sue Nilsson • ext. 116 Event & Member Relations Manager Lauren Weaver • ext. 118 Media & Design Specialist Jennifer Idzi • ext. 111 Tourism Information Coordinators Patti Klosek & Mary Beth Stokes ext. 110 •

Contact The Chamber

36913 Coastal Highway Fenwick Island, DE 19944 Member Hotline: 302-539-1919 Staff Phone: 302-539-2100 + ext. Fax: 302-539-9434

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The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce rolled out “It’s New to You” Business to Business Expo on Wednesday, November 13th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Mango’s, Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach DE. Hosted by Mango’s and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce along with presenting sponsor Great Scott Broadcasting, the event featured over 25 tabletop trade show exhibits. This B2B expo provided new connections, new ideas, and new strategies to revitalize their businesses for over 200 attendees that came throughout the evening. Supporting sponsors included Bethany Blues, Delaware Wave, Delaware Beach Book and PNC Bank. Also new to the expo this year, Eunice Carpitella of Transformative Dynamics hosted a pre-event workshop focused on creating new business habits, practices and strategies at 2:00 p.m. and was the highlight of the breakout sessions on the same topic at 5:00 p.m. Tasty appetizers were provided by Bethany Blues catering complimenting Mango’s happy hour prices. After much discussion, the decision was made to bring the expo back to the Quiet Resorts for this year with plans for growth and expansion in years to come. “Whether a member of our Chamber community, a Delmarva business owner or an individual who has not recently visited the Quiet Resorts, participants will walk away with a new perspective on business or even a new inspiration. After all, the ocean views are amazing at Mango’s” stated Kristie Maravalli, the Chamber’s Director of Membership. The Chamber would like to thank all the businesses that contributed to the great door prizes! Many participants walked in with a business card, and left with prizes and information to better their businesses.

“It’s New to You: Business to Business Expo” Tables included: Affinity Energy Management Bank of Delmarva Bennett Termite & Pest Control Bethany Blues Coastal Maytag Coastal Point Delaware Beach Book Delaware Beach Life Magazine Delaware Wave Go Liberty Great Scott Broadcasting

Halpern Eye Care Mango’s Mediacom Business PNC Bank SendOutCards! Servpro of Sussex County The Main Office Transformative Dynamics Wavelength Information Services, Inc. Wilgus Associates Wilmington University Young Professionals

2013 Corporate Sponsors Platinum

PNC Bank ResortQuest Sales/Rentals



Arts Festival Donates $2,600 Locally to Encourage Young Artists Blue skies, beautiful pieces, countless attendees and generous artists - the recipe to earning $2,600 from the Silent Auction sponsored by Mediacom Residential. The Chamber hosted the 35th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival on September 7th presented by WSFS Bank. This one-day show is the area’s premier juried fine arts festival featuring over 100 artists. With the largest attendance to date, people from all over the Mid-Atlantic region filled the streets of downtown Bethany Beach. Many artists from the show generously donated a piece of their work to be awarded to the highest bidder at the Silent Auction sponsored by Mediacom Residential Services the day of the event. Each year 100% of the profits from the Silent Auction benefit the local art programs at the four elementary schools in the Indian River School District. The check presentations were held at Lord Baltimore with Principal, John Tursaline and Art Teacher, Melissa Kelly - Phillip C. Showell with Principal, Laura Schneider and Art Teacher, Laurie Hall - John M. Clayton with Principal, Charlene Hopkins and Art Teacher, Marci Ginsberg; and Southern Delaware School of the Arts with Principal, Neil Beahan and Art Teacher, Jamie Moore. The total raised this year was $2,600 dollars with each school’s art programs receiving a check for $650 dollars to purchase supplies for these up and coming artists. The Chamber greatly appreciates the generosity of all the artists who donated and those that supported the silent auction to make the contribution to art education possible.

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Banks Wines & Spirits Beebe Medical Center/Beebe Medical Foundation Carl M. Freeman Companies Coastal Point Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage: Sales/Rentals Delaware Today Delaware Wave Mediacom NVHomes Coastal Division Wilgus Associates, Inc. WSFS Bank


Bethany Beach Books Jolly Roger Amusement Parks Long & Foster Real Estate Interested in learning what it takes to become a corporate sponsor? Contact Kristie at 302-539-2100 ext.115.


The Chamber has combined the Visitors Guide and the Membership Directory into an all-in-one publication called the Discover the Quiet Resorts Guide. This guide is available throughout the entire service area and select locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Also, the Discover the Quiet Resorts Map, which is a two-year publication, is a great way to advertise in an economical way. We are accepting advertisements until December 31, 2013. Contact Kristie, Director of Membership, at 302-5391919 or The Chamber | 3


Our members congregated at Magnolia’s Seafood Bar and Grill for the first BAH of the fall. A big thanks to Josette Castiglione of the American Cancer Society, Tom Donohoe of Electric Advisors and Linda Thurston of Sweet Disposition for being in the spotlight. The festive crowd moved through their tables socializing and networking throughout the evening. John Wingert and his staff at Magnolia’s were wonderful hosts, and even got the group into the Christmas spirit with Santa on display highlighting their holiday parties.

October BAH

Young Professionals

The Kool Bean Café and Bistro and their outgoing, talented staff presented a bountiful and delicious array of food for this October networking event. Our spotlight tables included the Southern Sussex Rotary Club, The Main Office, Inc. and WMDT-TV who brought energy to the room. A big thank you to our members in attendance. We also hosted several “potential members” throughout the evening. Even though it was a chilly night, the atmosphere was inviting and warm. Thank you for being great representatives of our business community.

Young Professionals of the Bethany-Fenwick Area kicked off October with their very first meeting held at D’Ortone’s Italian Restaurant & Tap. Nick D’Ortone, owner and young professional, welcomed over twenty attendees to the restaurant. Excitement grew over future educational engagements, volunteer opportunties and more meetings to come. In November, the meeting held at Ropewalk: A Fenwick Island Oyster House discussed volunteering options at upcoming community events including the Selbyville Christmas Parade, Hair of the Dog, and Exercise Like the Eskimos. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 10th at The Fat Tuna Grill in Millville. Eunice Carpitella, Transformative Dynamics will inspire Young Professionals with a presentation on “What It Takes to Become a Great Leader”. Follow us on Facebook at and join the YPs at the next meeting!

and a haircut… two bits! If you remember that song Member in the Spotlight: from backShave in the day, you need to know the current scenario: highlights and a facial… eight grand! No, the services don’t cost $8,000, Studio 26 that’s about how much the great crew at Studio 26 raised in one eve-

ning at a dance earlier this year to benefit Justin’s Beach House! In business for five years, Studio 26 has made quite an impact on our local community. According to lead stylist Janet Charlsen, owners Terry and Mark King are deeply invested in supporting causes that touch their hearts. Beginning humbly with canned goods drives, their efforts have grown to include providing van loads of coats for victims of hurricane Sandy to annual breast cancer awareness activities, Locks of Love, and the list goes on. The salon itself is a welcoming environment. There is a sign clearly stating “No Drama Allowed.” According to Charlsen, “each client is pampered like a star, and every star needs a studio.” The team spirit of the friendly staff extends to collaboration with other salons in their fund raising efforts. Many businesses view their competitors as rivals; however Studio 26 finds working with other local salons and spas beneficial to achieving greatness for the community. Their next effort will benefit the Veteran’s Home in Milford; interest in this cause was spawned from their moving experience when veterans were here for the Operation SEAs the Day in September. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover; the same is true for many of our local businesses who do so much for our area. By all appearances Studio 26 is simply a salon and day spa, however inside those walls is a team who makes a real difference. According to Charlsen, “Terry King is a girl who gets it done.” Yes she does, she certainly does!

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Frankford Library

Coastal Maytag

Home Based Businesses

The Main Office

Frankford November 2013

The Quiet Resorts September 2013

Ocean View November 2013

Dagsboro October 2013

Home Based Business? Host a Virtual Ribbon Cutting at the Chamber!

Celebrate your Grand Opening, Major Renovations, Expansions and Location Changes with a ribbon cutting! Contact Kristie to see if your business is eligible!

New! Wellness Programs at the Ocean View Office... Tai Chi • Yoga • Adult Exercises Parkinson’s Group Classes LSVT® Certiied Big™ Therapist

Bob Cairo, PT and the Staff of Tidewater Physical Therapy Ocean View

Specializing in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. Robert Cairo PT, 23 Years Experience. Active Release Soft Tissue Provider ®

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Renewing Members The Chamber’s Board of Directors, Ambassadors and staff would like to thank the following members for renewing their membership since the October/November newsletter. 30+ Years Crowley Associates Realty, Inc. 25+ Years Sussex Family YMCA 10-24 Years Alesi Custom Builder & Renovators, Inc. Atlantic Community Thrift Shop BB&T – 145th Street Barbara Carlson – Realtor with Long & Foster Chocklett Press County Bank Dave’s Custom Silkscreening Halpern Eye Associates Law Offices of Scott and Shuman, P.A. Miranda & Hardt, Contracting Morning Star Construction Old Pro Golf The Parkway Restaurant Tidewater Physical Therapy

10-24 Years (continued) Town of Selbyville The UPS Store 2-9 Years A.G. Renovations, Inc. Artisans’ Bank - Millville Austin Cox Home Services, Inc. Jeffrey Banks Bellinger’s Jewelers Blind & Shade Express LLC D’Ortone’s Homestyle Restaurant & Tap Fortress Home Services, LLC Frankford Public Library hipAHA, Fenwick Island Boot Camp Inclind, Inc. Indian River Football Boosters Indian River Marina Jerry Mueller Real Estate Key Advisors Group Luke Lalande Law Office of Susan Pittard Weidman, P.A.

2-9 Years (continued) Lead Your Way Solutions, LLC Living Resources, Inc. Made Ya Look! Salon & Spa Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Never Never Land Kennel & Cattery Pirates of Lewes Expeditions Rox Beach Weddings Sea Studio, Architects WBOC Weber Signs & Graphics Howard Wimbrow, CPA 1st Anniversary Ad Boat Coastal Advertising LLC Bennett Termite & Pest Solutions Clear Space Theatre Company Personal Financial Planning Premier Glass & Screen, Inc. Urban Financial Group Reverse Mortgages Cordie Lee Wilkinson

Open YOur DOOrs tO the WOrlD Welcome international students to your community. Whether you are hiring one student or 100, CIEE can help you screen, recruit, and hire international seasonal staff for your business. To learn more about cultural work exchange opportunities and the free hiring services from CIEE, visit our website at or call 1.866.609.CIEE

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New Members

The Chamber’s Board of Directors, Ambassadors and Staff are pleased to welcome 10 new members! Please keep these and all members in mind when looking for goods and services. Know a new or existing business that could benefit from being a BFACC Member? Contact Kristie Maravalli, Director of Membership at or call 539-2100 x 115.

ADVERTISING/PROMOTION High Tide News Judy Layman P.O. Box 870 Selbyville, DE 19975 P. 302-727-1390

LOCKSMITH Condon’s Locksmith Nate Condon 37116 Fairway Dr. Frankford, DE 19945 P. 302- 727-1185

APPLIANCES Coastal Maytag Karen Clark 30459 Cedar Neck Road Ocean View, DE 19970 P. 302-537-2688

INSURANCE Delaware Employee Benefits Exchange (DEBE) Greg Simeone 10 Corporate Circle, Suite 215 New Castle, DE 19720 P. 302-366-8500

CLEANING SERVICE JLT Cleaning John Thompson PO Box 1179 Ocean View, DE 19970 P. 302-537-2460 CONSULTANTS Barrington Atlantic, LLC John Ault PO Box 371 Ocean View, DE P. 312-953-0559 EXCELLA COACHING Debra Elias-Smith 39057 Bayfront Drive Ocean View, DE 19970 P. 302-616-1258

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS Children & Families First Marcie Urgo 410 S. Bedford Street Gerogetown, DE 19947 Phone: 302-604-6277 Delaware Hospice Heather Steuer 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor Newark, DE 19711 P. 302-478-5707 PHARMACIES Walgreen Co. Brian Racosky 38993 Beacon Drive Unit 1 Fenwick Island, DE 19944 P. 302-539-1800


for the Referral!

Thank you to those members who help continue to grow our Chamber by referring new members!

Jeff Evans, Great Scott Broadcasting Member referred: Children & Families First Richard Bauermeister, Associate Member Member referred: Coastal Maytag Claudia Alesci, Oasis Bath & Body Member Referred: High Tide News

Members named on membership applications as the referring member will be entered into a drawing to win a free chamber membership for a year for each referral given. Drawing will be held at the 2014 Member Celebration.

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Thank you to our members who generously donate their time, services and goodies to the Chamber! American Cancer Society Bethany Florist, LTD Dickens Parlour Theatre Electric Advisors Great Scott Broadcasting Mercantile Processing Inc. Michael Orhelein Mike’s Carpet Connection Oasis Bath & Body Sussex County Women’s Journal Walgreen’s Wilmington University WMDT-TV

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Inside: Member Celebration, Expo Recap, Collaborating with QRCF, New Members & More!

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