Greater Millsboro Chamber relocates to downtown district

MILLSBORO – It’s a move that Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Simmons believes is one for the better.

The Millsboro chamber has been based at a new location on an “island” since mid-January in the heart of the downtown business district.

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Amy Simmons, Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce executive director, stands outside the chamber’s new Washington St. location in the downtown district.

“It has been a good move. I would like a lot of focus to be on the downtown so it does make sense for me to be downtown,” said Ms. Simmons.

The immediate mission, aside from planning for 2016 marquee events that include the 21st Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show in March, is to start working with some of the businesses downtown and also “to work with the town on how we help the downtown,” Ms. Simmons said.

The GMCOC’s new rental location is 102 Washington St., Suite 6 in the Chelsea Square complex. It is among the locations on an island sandwiched between Washington St. and Main St.

A grand-opening celebration is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 23, with a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting and a mixer later that day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The chamber had been based several blocks east, in an office rental at the Millsboro Town Center, for about 15 years.

“I think that separating the chamber from the town was a good idea, because sometimes when the public perceives things that the town does and we were there, it was more of a ‘You support the town’ thing. This way there is no conflict of interest there,” said Ms. Simmons. “I stand on the preface that we want to still work with the town for the betterment of the community and the people that live here. I am really hoping to get out and visit businesses that aren’t members and those that are members; that is something I have not been able to do.”

The Feb. 23 mixer features a Taste of Millsboro theme. “We are contacting our chamber members who have restaurants and inviting them to come in with their signature dish or their favorite dish from their restaurant to serve to the attendees,” said Ms. Simmons.

Major events officially on the Greater Millsboro Chamber of commerce’s 2016 calendar include:

  • March 13: 21st Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show, noon to 3 p.m. at the Town Center;
  • March 26: Easter Egg Hunt, Cupola Park;
  • April 21: Business Expo/Job Fair, Town Center;
  • Monday, Oct. 10: Golf tournament, Baywood Greens.

Dates are not yet set for the annual Christmas Parade or the Boro Bash.

Central Sussex Bridal Show

Anything and everything needed for a wedding/honeymoon will be in the offing at the bridal show, entering its 21st year.

“I look at it as kind of a model, something in this area to run for 21 years. Some things stand the test of time,” said Ms. Simmons. “The bridal show is a horse that rides itself.”

Chardon Jewelers in Georgetown is sponsoring the bridal show.

Brides-to-be are admitted free; admission for all others is $5 per person.

A two-night stay donated by the Atlantic Sands in Rehoboth is part of a grand prize package still being assembled.

Easter Egg Hunt

Cadia Renaissance Rehabilitation Center has stepped forward as the candy sponsor for 5,000 eggs.

To assist with stuffing candy in the eggs, two Millsboro Middle School students have volunteered to head up the project. “So we will have a stuffing party at the chamber office,” Ms. Simmons said.

Business Expo

This year’s Business Expo will feature a job fair.

“If businesses are looking for help for the summer or if somebody is looking to hire, that would be great,” Ms. Simmons said.

Golf Tournament

Starting time for this Columbus Day, Oct. 10 event is 1 p.m. There is a discount for those who register by July 1.

For more information on the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, visit: www.millsborochamber.com.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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