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Division of Small Business

Make Me a Match helps connect small businesses and big businesses in Delaware

Looking to increase your sales to large Delaware companies?

Then attend an upcoming Make Me a Match session.

On Tuesday, the Delaware Division of Small Business, New Castle County, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, NCCCC Emerging Enterprise Center and YWCA Delaware offered the first in a series of daylong programs where small business owners connect with representatives from large Delaware companies in a particular industry during a speed matchmaking session.

Gov. John Carney was the keynote speaker at the March 12 event which highlighted the construction industry and included representatives from:

  • DiSabatino Construction
  • EDiS
  • GGA Construction
  • MDavis Inc.
  • Bancroft Construction

In addition, Byron Short, executive vice president of the Delaware Contractors Association, and Tricia Clendening, president of HR Strategies, spoke on panels during the morning session.

Construction firms are experiencing a shortage of workers, speakers at Tuesday’s meeting said. The shortage is likely to grow, they said, as the average age of construction workers is 58 years old.

That means the industry will have to groom the next generation of brick masons, plumbers, electricians and other workers by educating students and their parents about opportunities in construction.

The industry offers many opportunities for women, said Lorri Grayson, president of Middletown-based GGA Construction.

Panelists also highlighted what their construction companies look for in choosing a subcontractor. They include:

  • Providing a description of previous projects the subcontractor has worked on, including the size of the project
  • Demonstrating the subcontractor has enough employees to be able to complete the job on time
  • Demonstrating that the subcontractor is reliable in adhering to work schedules
  • Providing proof of OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 certification

Future Make Me a Match sessions will be held quarterly.

Upcoming sessions will focus on the financial services and biotech industries.


Governor John Carney Speaks to Event

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