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On Saturday, The Home Based Business Chamber of Commerce hosted a Holiday Open House at The Java House Cafe in Middletown, DE.  In attendance were small business owners representing Gold Canyon Candles; Mary Kay; MICHE Bags; Jacfred Creation; Logan Insurance; touchpro; Girl Friday; Duct Tape Accessories; Slumber Parties and Send Out Cards.  The Java House Cafe provided mini Jerk Chicken, Veggie and Turkey Panini sandwiches as customers shopped and mingled.

Delaware’s state slogan “A Small Wonder“, was fitting for this event as it was a small gathering, however, I see the potential for rapid increased growth due to the hard work and diligence of President, Jaimie Shanklin.  The Chamber’s 2nd Annual Holiday Extravaganza is being held Sunday, November 25th, at the Executive Banquet Center in Newark, DE.  Holiday shopping and a live performance by Best Kept Soul is sure to bring out more people from throughout the state.

For more information on The Home Based Business Chamber of Commerce (Delmarva Chapter), please contact Jaimie Shanklin, 302-784-5311, or visit www.homebasedbusinesschamber.com.

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What can a little black girl with low self esteem, who grew up in a rough neighborhood in Baton Rouge, filled with drugs, prostitution, gang violence and other unhealthy habits teach me about self-sabotaging behaviors?

I attended a seminar sponsored by the Home Based Business Chamber of Commerce, (DelMarVa Chapter) held at the Java House Café in Middletown. Initially I signed up for the event in support of small businesses in Middletown not really knowing what to expect. There I met and listened to LaShawanda Moore of Elevate Success, a Professional Business Coach, who holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Southern U; a Masters in Business; a wife; a mother of 4, one of which is only 7 weeks; a full time employee of the DuPont Company and a Lia Sophia consultant. She IS that little black girl from Baton Rouge and she taught me a lot!  By the way, this is how LaShawanda introduced herself, I was not criticizing her.

Her journey was long as it was for most of us in attendance including retirees on their 2nd career, full time employees of companies, a physical therapist, a stay-at-home mom, a landscaper, and a writer. All working hard every day in addition to operating home based businesses selling jewelry, candles, crafts, cosmetics, residential cleaning services, and a self published book of poetry.

Finding Your Deserve Level, Exceeding Self Imposed Limitations, Creating Self Confidence and Self Esteem, Turning Negatives into Positives and Stop The Self Sabotaging Beliefs, concepts all based upon the book “Stop Self-Sabotage” by Pat Pearson, M.S.S.W. The seminar was very interactive; LaShawanda controlled the time covering 10 pages of exercises accompanied by a Power Point Presentation. Time allowed for open-ended questions, mini exercises, and food-for-thought “homework” assignments. Mark, the owner of The Java House Café provided his famous Panini sandwiches so that our minds and bodies could be fed at the same time. The seminar was scheduled for 2 hours but we exceeded that due to the discussions and networking that followed the program.

The presentation ended with two drawings, one a Scholarship, ($299 value) to attend the C.O.R.E. Connect 1-Day Training next month at The Christiana Hilton. Surprisingly, I won and am looking forward to attending which is designed to teach direct sales reps the basics of the business in a unique manner.

Thank you Jaime and Ira Spencer, of the Home Based Business Chamber of Commerce, networking events such as these truly help businesses grow and it does “Bring Home Based Businesses Out Of The Closet”.

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One of the best family events in Middletown, DE is the Olde Tyme Peach Festival held the 3rd Saturday in August. When we first moved to Middletown in 1993, we didn’t attend regularly because it was small and somewhat boring with a few vendors, a short parade and intense heat. However, for the past several years we have gone on a regular, and in my opinion, yesterday’s festival was by far the best with the largest attendance, the most vendors and to top it off, incredible weather!

I had been looking forward to going all week but the forecast had me a bit concerned even though the festival is held rain or shine. Thankfully the rain ended early Saturday morning and the sun beamed brightly for the remainder of the day. The heat wasn’t an intense mid-August melt and considering the recent heat wave, we were truly blessed to have had a perfect day.

Usually our day begins watching the parade with a beverage from The Java House Cafe and ends with taking home fried fish sandwiches made by members of Dale United Methodist Church. Hubby had an early morning event so we missed the parade, but got there before noon and spent several hours walking and enjoying our little town’s festival. The Square was filled with people, young and old, families with kids, pets, live music, dancers, vendors, politicians, food, games, giveaways and genuine small-town fun. The local stores were advertising Peach Festival sales, and we stopped in at Off The Kuffs to check out the mens wear. Walking with my fam, sipping iced Green Tea brought back memories of being in New York during their annual street festivals.

The Peach Festival is presented by the Middletown Historical Society and they should be commended on making this event an annual success. In years to come they may need to close off more streets as I can certainly see it becoming even larger with the time extended beyond 4:00.

As we walked hubby and I were on the look out for Dale’s spot, in search of their infamous fried fish sandwiches, soaked in hot sauce between two pieces of white bread! Up and down every street, looking, sniffing, searching….all we found was the vacant space where the Church normally sets up…not sure what happened but pray it wasn’t anything serious. We also missed out on buying a Peach Pie from MOT Senior Center but was glad they moved them onto vendor’s row.

Disappointed and hungry we walked back to The Java House Cafe and ordered Jerk Chicken Panini’s and Mango Smoothies. The sandwiches were perfect, just the right amount of Caribbean spice to satisfy my taste buds and more than enough to make me forget about the fish sandwiches…at least until next year!

Annual Peach Festival

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See ya next year!

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