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Hello Friends and Happy Monday!

Chasing the Dream Entrepreneurship Camp sponsored by The Money School of Delaware provided youngsters between the ages of 9-13, an opportunity to learn the basics of starting a business.  Last Thursday they were given the tools and a venue to showcase what they had learned.

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A miniature Marketplace was set up in Rodney Square in Wilmington where the campers had an opportunity to sell their products, which included body scrubs, hand crafted jewelry, sunglasses, candy, plants, lemonade, popcorn, metal sculptures even hourly math tutoring sessions.

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These young entrepreneurs obviously also learned another very important lesson, the value of customer satisfaction.  They greeted each passerby with a smile and eagerly answered questions about their products.

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There was a heavy downpour on and off during the day but that did not stop people from coming out to support.  There was a steady stream of customers as well as WDEL Radio personality, Amy Cherry and a 6ABC News cameraman.

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I was truly impressed with not only the products these entrepreneurs had created, but how each of their personalities and positive attitudes showed brightly despite the dark clouds looming overhead.

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Kudos to The Money School of Delaware for supporting the youth of today with their futures of tomorrow.

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Chasing the Dream Market Day!

Thursday, August 1st 
11:00am-1:30pm
Rodney Square in Wilmington 
Campers are open for business…come shop over your lunch break!
Turn Up The Heat… 

August Money School Classes! 

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Money Smart Series

Wed., July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21 & 28 Time: 6-8pm

Bear Library

Nicole Henry, Citizens Bank

Participants must attend all sessions to receive certificate.

Lunch and Learn: Social Media and Business

Wed., July 31 Time: 12noon-1:30pm

Claymont Community Center

Stacey Schiller, Stacey Ink

Strategic Ways to Get Out of Debt

Thurs., Aug. 1 Time: 5:30-7:15pm

Dover Library

Rod Hausmann, Primerica

How to Start and Finance Your Small Business Dream

Thurs., Aug. 1 Time: 6-7:30pm

City of Dover Economic Development Office

Tim Reid, SBA

Protecting What’s Important

Tues., Aug 6 Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Kirkwood Hwy Public Library, 6000 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington

Steven Lucas, Edward Jones

Lunch and Learn: Award-winning Customer Service

Wed., Aug. 7 Time: 12noon-1:30pm

Claymont Community Center

Dinette Rivera, Rivera Business Development Group

 Light lunch provided

Foreclosure Prevention

Mon., Aug. 12 Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Newark Library, 750 Library Ave., Newark

Mary Rammel, CCCS of MD and DE

Foreclosure Prevention

Mon., Aug. 12 Time: 6-7:30pm

Georgetown Library, Job Center

Lisa Spellman, Department of Justice

A Mortgage Acceleration Review

Mon., Aug. 12 Time: 6:30-7:30

Rosehill Commuinty Center

Jenine Mills, AGLA

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

Is your palate stuck in a rut…do you find yourself always ordering the same foods…pizza, cheese steaks or Chinese takeout?  Do you want something different while supporting a new local business, then I suggest you try Swahili Kitchen on Main Street in Middletown.

Swahili Kitchen specializes in East African cuisine, specifically recipes from Tanzania, and although the menu is new it’s actually the second part of Manhattan Bagel, also owned by Rishen Patel and his wife Heeral.

The concept of adding a different offering in an already thriving breakfast business was a great idea, Rishen stated that after 2 p.m. no one was coming in to buy bagels so he decided to offer his native foods.  In Middletown you can find every type of food except African style which is what motivated the Patels to open Swahili Kitchen.

On Sunday, hubby and I stopped in and decided to try the chicken and beef items from the promotional menu, which also included Pork Kebabs, but you know we don’t eat pork.  If you like mildly spicy foods you will definitely enjoy the Chicken dishes, especially the marinated leg quarters called Sekela.  There was just the right balance of seasoning including curry and the chips weren’t soggy even with the veggie topping.  The promotional prices, currently $5 and under were very reasonable considering the portion sizes which were more than enough for leftovers.

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The Chicken Mishkaki is listed as being served on a skewer, but since we had take out it was simply placed in a Styrofoam container.  The Tamarind Sauce was a perfect compliment to this dish of very tender chicken cubes, potatoes, green peppers and onions slices.

What are called “chips” in Africa are actually what we call “fries”, and they are topped with a veggie mix of shredded carrots, cabbage and red onions and a perfect blend of spices.

Chicken Pili Pili is a spicy BBQ leg quarter served with white rice and coleslaw

Dinner was excellent and the side sauce added just the right amount of “fire” for me!

So this weekend if you are in the mood for something different head over to Swahili Kitchen which is located at 400 W. Main St. and their hours of operation are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday)

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Hello Friends and Happy Saturday!

A few weeks ago at The Java House Cafe I had the pleasure of meeting Marissa G., owner/baker of Eden’s Touch Bread Company.  She was there to feature her Specialty Loaves of Homemade Breads, “made with love, no chemicals or preservatives”.  Eden’s Touch Bread Company delivers fresh baked products at affordable prices and delivers exceptional customer satisfaction.  The bakery is located in Collingdale, PA, however, they ship nationwide as well as make local deliveries to the Philadelphia tri-state area.  Eden’s Touch Bread Company also features other items including Gluten Free Gourmet Butter, Croutons and Bread Mixes (menu).

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I purchased two of the mini Banana Walnut loaves and couldn’t wait to get them home to try.  I had one warm slice with my afternoon tea and then my men ate the rest!  I wished I had purchased others to hide store in the freezer, I’ll place an online order.

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Eden’s Touch Bread Company is a new business, only a year old and they recently launched a go fund me campaign to raise money for a larger oven.  The goal is to raise $500, and if you would like to donate and receive a gift certificate please click the bread pic below.

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Make sure to sign up for their Newsletter to receive discount coupons and monthly specials.

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I was not financially compensated for this post, the product was purchased with my own money.  The opinions are 100% completely my own based upon my experience.

On Saturday, at the Dutch Country Farmers Market I had an opportunity to meet a wonderful vendor representing her own small business

Sugar Spice and Everything Nice

Tina Taylor, Direct Seller

Tina Taylor, is a Direct Distributor of easy gourmet products from her pantry to help make your cooking easier.  Most of the items in the product line require only one or two additional ingredients, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen especially now with the better weather!

All of the products are made from the finest ingredients with offerings of sugar free and gluten free options. Whether you prefer sweet, savory or spicy, the ever-expanding product line has something for you and the entire family.

What makes Sugar Spice and Everything Nice so unique is that in addition to the packaged gourmet products she also offers many delicious cooked & baked items daily, full service catering, linen rentals, party supply rentals, balloons & party supplies, invitations, gift baskets as well as many unique favors and gifts.

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Other Great Opportunities That Are Available With Sugar Spice And Everything Nice

Fundraising Program is a unique and exciting venture that has a 50% profit, no upfront investment and FREE shipping or delivery!  If you are looking for an exciting, new product to sell for your organization this is your answer!

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Host a home tasting, cooking or dipping party where she will come in and serve up a variety of dips & drinks and make an amazing dish and you earn free products!  This is a perfect excuse to have a GIRLS NIGHT OUT!!

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Become a consultant and sell the amazing products to generate extra income and free products all while having fun!

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Don’t have the time for a home party…host a catalog party or virtual online show and still earn free products!

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Cooking classes are offered once a month (check website for schedule).

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Customized Gift Baskets available for Holiday, Birthday, Corporate Gift and more!

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Tina is also a Tastefully Simple Independent Consultant. If you would like to place an order, host a tasting party or if you would like to join her team and sign up as an independent consultant, please visit her website at http://www.tastefullysimple.com/web/ttaylor5

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Product Review Disclosure:  

I did not receive any product in exchange for this review.  

Any sponsored giveaways or posts will be noted as such.


On Saturday The Money School of Delaware held it’s annual C.O.D.E. Conference for National Entrepreneurship Week at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.   This FREE event was held to give guidance to the small business community in the state of Delaware.

The doors opened at 8:00 am, and after completing a registration form you received a reusable shopping bag courtesy of Shoprite.  Attendees then entered the Riverfront Ballroom where over 30 exhibitors including the SBA, SCORE, PNC Bank, Wells Fargo, DEDO, Traci Lynn Jewelry and the YWCA had tables that showcased their products/services as well as items for sale or small giveaways.

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On this cold and rainy morning the hot coffee and danish was a welcomed delight, but for each of the attendees all of various ages and ethnic backgrounds they delighted in a common goal; to obtain information and guidance to make their small business more successful.  Small businesses are the engine that drives the economy in Delaware and if they are successful, we are all successful.

The conference was kicked off by Mary Caracciolli, The Money Confidant, who emphasized that the day wasn’t about networking but about meeting people, building relationships and doing something for someone else.  Opening remarks were made by Lt. Governor Matt Denn, a major supporter of education in the state.  Chase was the #1 sponsor of C.O.D.E. and Daryl Graham spoke about the importance of supporting small businesses.  Ken Anderson, a DEDO rep stated that small businesses have created the most net new jobs in the state of Delaware.  State Treasurer Chip Flowers was also in attendance and video remarks were given by Governor Jack Markell and U.S Senator Chris Coons.

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Judy Travis, Founder of Stockings for Soldiers Delaware spoke of how passion drives your business and presented a slide show.  Last year, over 10 thousand packages containing 47 thousand stockings were made and shipped thanks to the many volunteers who devoted their time.  Volunteers in this effort included students from elementary schools to members of Senior Citizen centers, but donations and volunteers are always needed.  One of the major rewards in volunteering for this program is knowing you are improving the morale of our troops serving overseas.

There were two sets of morning sessions from which to choose that began at 9:30 am: Business Start-up 101, and Run Your Business, Don’t Let It Run You.  The next two sessions started at 11:00 am: The Business of Your Business and Service…Your Secret Weapon To Success!

I sat in briefly in all 4 sessions and found them to be very informative, enlightening and one was quite entertaining.  Ellyn and Robert of SBA and SCORE started their session by having everyone stand and sing along to the song “Good night, I Gotta Feeling”, by The Black Eye Peas, it was a great way to rev up the brain cells.

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A light lunch of pizza, and snacks were provided before the final General Session, “Understanding Social Media”, presented by Eric Holtzclaw, Founder and Chief Strategist of Laddering Works, LLC.  Using a PowerPoint presentation Eric highlighted the various groups of social media users; discussed understanding social media and how it makes an impact on today’s business.

Audience participation with questions followed, several asking how social media impacts their small businesses and why it was important to brand themselves on the Internet.  Social Media whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Google+, is here to stay however, the advice of only using what is comfortable was the underlying message from Eric.

The conference ended with the awarding of Door Prizes ranging from a $100 gift card to autographed copies of Eric’s new book, Laddering: Unlocking the Potential of Consumer Behavior.  Overall, it was a great event for anyone with or who is thinking about starting a small business in the state of Delaware.  Kudos to the staff of The Money School for all their hard work and effort that made this yet another successful event.

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My husband recently had a few pieces of custom jewelry designed by D~Foss Custom Jewelry.  Donna Foster, creator of D~Foss Custom Jewelry, has been crafting since childhood but only recently decided to turn her hobby into a profitable business.  She began making jewelry exclusively for family members and friends but after attending a vendor show she realized that she could create pieces that were better made and more reasonable in cost.

In 2012, after much research and faith Donna began D-Foss Custom Jewelry and although challenging she has found the experience rewarding.  Donna will make jewelry for men, women and children with prices ranging from $5 to $60 depending on time and material.  She also has pre-made jewelry for vendor shows and all her jewelry comes with a lifetime warranty, any repairs are done at no additional cost.

Personalized necklace and bracelets has our son’s name on them


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Donna can be contacted at dfosscustomjewelry@yahoo.com


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