Chamber Members Say Business is Picking Up


By CCGM Ex. Director  Jo Schmeiser

Over the last few weeks I’ve heard from several CCGM members, ranging from retail to real estate, that business is picking up. They say they are working extra hours to keep up with their customers, and that they haven’t had to do that for a while. Members say they hope the trend continues and look forward to working even harder in the upcoming months.

Speaking of busy, it’s been the same at the chamber, and although at times I think my head is going to pop, it is a wonderful thing seeing it pick up here, and for our members.
We’ve seen an increase in foot traffic, with more people coming in to pick up the Quality Living Book, maps and information about the community, businesses and organizations.
The phone is ringing a lot more with people calling asking questions about housing, tourism attractions and businesses in the greater Milford area.

In addition to the usual stuff, the Power Breakfast, After Hours Business Mixer, several meetings and the everyday tasks, the chamber is hosting three major events in less than a month. The 2nd Annual “10 of the Best” Awards Dinner, the first ever Girls Night Out and the 19th Annual Golf Classic are all taking place on or before Thursday May 10th.
In between those events the chamber will be a vendor at the Annual Dover Days, hosted by Kent County Tourism Saturday May 5th.

The chamber is also in the process of producing the Milford Quality Living Map. Ad spaces are still available, however once they’re gone, they’re gone. The map is free and is given out at the chamber office, city offices, realtors and other chamber members who get a lot of foot traffic. Maps are also given to new employees and new residents, and to anyone who requests a relocation package. When the chamber attends festivals, like Dover Days, many maps are handed out to people wanting to know how to get around Milford. The maps, along with the Milford Quality Living Book are popular handouts at such events.

Pete Renzi, from i.g. Burton & I met about the chamber moving to their Rehoboth Boulevard location when the building on S. Washington Street is torn down, and that move is expected to happen this summer.

During the summer the chamber will be working extensively on the upcoming Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival, set for Thursday September 6th, Friday September 7th & Saturday September 8th.

Also during the summer months we’ll be concentrating on visiting members and gaining new members. At the time this article was written, the chamber already has 30 new members since January 2012. More businesses are finding the chamber a wonderful investment, as we offer many benefits and opportunities throughout the year.

Did I forget to mention CCGM Administrative Assistant Susie Avalos gave birth to her third son Wednesday April 11th? Both Susie and Oscar Mikel are doing well, and being the trooper that she is, I received several work related texts and emails from her hospital bed the day he was born. If you’re interested in more information about the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford call 422.3344, email, or visit the website at