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Tourist in Town at Battery Park

As most of you know, I teach Basic Blogging and Social Media Savvy Workshops for The Money School of Delaware.  These workshops are usually held at the Bear Library, close to home in Middletown.

However, last week I taught a workshop at the New Castle Library in Old New Castle which is a beautiful, quaint little town about 30 minutes from my home.

Basic Blogging Workshop at New Castle Library

The class was very interactive and I was glad that all of these “future Delaware bloggers” came out on such a beautiful day.  Because it was such a beautiful Saturday, after the workshop, Beverly Powers, an attendee, author and friend of mine decided to have lunch, stroll through the town and then take a walk through Battery Park.

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We decided to have lunch at Jessop’s Tavern a small Colonial Style restaurant where I ordered a delicious salad topped with shrimp and Beverly ordered the same but with salmon.

The salads were both large enough to satisfy our hunger as well as filling enough to justify the walk down to Battery Park.

lunch at Jessops Tavern

We stopped along to way to take pictures as I had never been to Old New Castle during the day and after living in Delaware for over 30 years it was fun being a tourist in my own state.

Old New Castle is a beautiful place so the next time I visit, I will ask hubby if he would care to join me.

As a matter of fact, starting in July there will be free summer concerts in Battery Park on Wednesdays, so we will definitely come back for one of them.  tourist in Old New Castle Garden at NCC ibrary tourist in Old New Castle tourist in Old New Castle

It was a bit windy once we got to Battery Park but there were a lot of people out and about either walking, having a family picnic, reading, or just relaxing on a park bench enjoying the beautiful sunshine.  We took the opportunity to take more pictures and to broadcast few Facebook Livestream videos.

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As we returned to our vehicles we peeked into the windows of several stores that were closed due to the lateness of the day.

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We picked up a tourist brochure which were available outside of the Mayor’s office and read about the Historic New Castle Heritage Trail with tours on Wednesday through Sunday.  These audio self-guided tours are also available online at  shoppes in Old New Castle Battery Park 9 shoppes in Old New Castle

It was fun being a tourist in my state of Delaware and I will definitely make plans to come back when the shoppes are open.

shoppes in Old New Castle

How about you, have you ever been a tourist in your own town?

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eCommerce Sales and Marketing Workshop

Last week I attended a 2 Day eCommerce Sales and Marketing Workshop jointly sponsored by Downtown Delaware, the Delaware Emerging Technology Center, all programs within DEDO and USDA Rural Development held on the campus of Delaware Technical Community College in Dover. 

This no cost education and training program provided small business owners a comprehensive array of eCommerce and Social Media information.  There was more than enough information provided to aid in either establishing an eCommerce business or to supplement current internet sales practices.

DEDO eCommerce sign

The eCommerce Marketing Workshop was jam packed with presentations from experts in all things social media and eCommerce.  Their primary goal was not only to inform and educate but to also provide strategic uses of social media tools in order to sell products and market our businesses.

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Welcome from Honorable Bernice Whaley, Cabinet Secretary, DEDO

There were presentations by Ken Grant, Marketing Director, Epic Marketing; Whitney Hoffman, Owner, Hoffman Digital Media LLC; Darnyelle Jervey, MBA, Incredible One Enterprises, LLC; Diane Laird, State Coordinator, Downtown Delaware; Brook Miles, President, Delaware shoutout; Demetrius Pinder, Owner/Project Manager of Nuts and Bolts Web Design, LLC; Alec Shekhar, President,; Bradford Wason, Visual Design Manager,; Mark Weidel, General Manager, DBC Interactive and Steinman Marketing Solutions; Mark Wise, Founder and Owner, Netforce Performance Marketing and Joe Zilcosky, Business Development Leader for Kent County.

Ken Anderson, Director, Entrepreneurial & Small Business Support for the Delaware Economic Development Office, (DEDO) kicked off each morning with a warm welcome and gave us all an opportunity to introduce ourselves then later allocated time for a “5 minute shameless plug” for those who wanted to promote their business.

Ken Anderson

Throughout the day there were several Raffle drawings, giveaways, product samples and a networking table full of displays and business cards.  The Continental breakfast, lunch buffets, mid-morning and afternoon snacks really kept our energy levels high as we listened to various topics ranging from “How to Get Started Selling Online” to “Loans, Grants,  Free Money and How the Government Can Help Your Business”. 

Networking table

Apparel Designers

Governor Jack Markell stopped in for a few minutes to offer words of encouragement and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of small business owners who make a significant impact in today’s economy.  The Governor is a huge supporter of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the State of Delaware, we all appreciate his support and always look forward to seeing him at these workshops and other business events. 

eCommerce Workshop

eCommerce Workshop

At the end of Day 2 we were each presented with a Certificate of Achievement then we all got together and took this great group photo.  The eCommerce Sales and Marketing Training was a wonderful event that will greatly assist in the success of online marketing for many of the small business owners in attendance.


Group Photo



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Have you ever attended an eCommerce Marketing Workshop?