Plans Busy 2000
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The Selbyville Chamber of Commerce unveiled some ambitious plans for the year 2000 along with its new officers at its January meeting.
According to new president Chris Franklin, the chamber will focus on developing an atmosphere of cooperation between existing businesses and encouraging new businesses to join the chamber.
"We're fortunate to be in an area that is about to explode with growth," said Franklin, a consultant for Ace-Americas Cash Express of Selbyville.
"There is 'down-the-ocean' growth," Franklin continued, "that is becoming saturated, and there is back-up growth. We are in the back-up area from Bethany, Fenwick and Ocean City and it is about to hit. We must be prepared."
In addition to Franklin, the chamber also installed Linda Eming of Eming's Broiled Foods as vice president, Sonna Rudy of the new Antique Junction as secretary, and Willia Peoples of Mountaire Farms as treasurer. Lora Hudson of Sigma Industries is the immediate past president.
Franklin said the chamber is establishing committees to handle business and economic development including a good business environment. Included will be an Ambassadors Committee to offer the chamber's services to new businesses.
The Ambassadors Committee will assign an ambassador to a specific new business to answer all of that business owner's questions about the chamber's services and provide those business owners with key real estate, government and contact information vital to their business.
The chamber has also developed several ambitious events for 2000 to involve local businesses with Selbyville's diverse cultural and ethnic communities.
A Cinco de Mayo Festival, pending town council approval, has been scheduled for May and will include the Old Timers event, WRXS's Baby Fair and the Silent Auction.
The festival would also include the new Southern Sussex Soccer Tournament, which Franklin said will aim to be the best soccer tournament in the state with teams from chambers of commerce from Wilmington to Sussex County competing.
Also pending town council approval, the chamber will hold a Renaissance Christmas Festival along with the Selbyville Christmas Parade in December.
The festival would showcase Selbyville's growing list of businesses and would mirror the popular Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, Md., with jousting, Renaissance street vendors, professional and local actors, and walking and sitting feasts, except with a Christmas theme.
More information about the chamber and its activities is available at 302-436-5526.
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