The Delaware Small Business Chamber has a variety of committees that members may join to help the chamber in different ways. Each committee has a member from the Board of Directors as well as volunteers from our general membership. Most committees meet 4-6 times a year and require a minimal amount of time. We encourage all of our members to participate.
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Business Education Committee
This committee helps the chamber find topics and locations throughout the state for seminars of interest to the business community
The Events Committee is responsible for planning & implementing special events including the quarterly Bagel’s & Benefits (breakfast for new and potential members), the annual Blue Ribbon Awards Brunch, Fun Fest & Championship Scrapple Recipe Cook-Off and the Beefsteak Dinner. The committee is also tasked with creating new events, help raise sponsorship money, recruit vendors for tabletops, more member participation and provide volunteers at special events.
Though the Events Committee does not create the 6-Top Mingles, Network Mixers, Ribbon Cutting events or Educational Seminars, they do help develop new ideas and work with other committees to support those events.
Samantha Filingeri – Dom’s Pizza
Deidre Garoutte – Kona Ice
Stephanie DiMartine – Easterseals
The Marketing Committee’s main objective is to help enhance the image of the Chamber through branding, marketing, graphic design, and copy writing.
The committee helps the DSBC maximize its ability to communicate it’s message to the membership and community as well as maintain the overall brand consistency.
The Marketing Committee focuses on increasing visibility by promoting membership benefits and events. This committee will work with all other DSBC committees pertaining to advertising, marketing, calendar of events, & other chamber related activities at scheduled Marketing committee meetings. The committee helps develop programs and literature to facilitate, teach, and provide marketing specific materials and to help to DSBC members on the marketing front.
This committee meets 4x a year and via webinar as needed to provide input and assist with marketing tasks.
The membership committee’s function is to promote new and ongoing membership in the Chamber. The membership committee works to ensure the new and existinhg businesses in Delaware, and the surrounding business communites, are aware of the benefits of membership in the Chamber. Help recruit, cultivate, expand, and retain membership-which helps new members navigate the many programs offered by the Chamber. The committee works with the staff and marketing committee to develop strategies to increase membership. It also serves as a welcoming committee with door-to-door visits to new member businesses and potential members: checks in with members on renewals and looks for ways to increase member retention and the benefits of membership
Cheryl Strootman – Costco Marketing
Melissa Woolman -Wallace & Braun Ins.
Nancy Martin – WSFS
This committee helps the chamber find locations throughout the State to hold our monthly mixers. The committee works with businesses and restaurants to host our events in all three counties. They committee also helps identify professional groups to invite to each of our monthly mixers.
Scholarships & Grants
This committee has been updated. As part of our new commitment to help fill empty stores throughout the State of Delaware, the DSBC looks and new ways to raise money for one time grants to help people opening the new location. These small one-time grants could be used for Grand Opening Celebrations, a new computer for the business, small equipment, to go towards the sign or other expense to help open a new business in our state. This Committee also helps plan yearly fundraiser(s). The committee can be creative with ideas. Also recruits volunteers to work at fundraising event. Secures sponsors and sells tickets to help build the scholarship and grant funds. Grants are given to member businesses as a one-time grants to help with a purchase or item in amounts of $100-$500. This committee will also help the chamber select a person to be given a scholarship as part of our ongoing projects: IE a scholarship for a student to go to a local culinary school from money raised at our Delaware Small Bites events.
This committee currently meets quarterly or as needed.