By Terry Rogers
Jo Schmeiser, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, says that the economic outlook for Milford looks great. She says CCGM continues to get membership requests from new and existing businesses because of Milford’s growth.
“We came back to work on Tuesday, January 2nd and a home-based business in Lincoln joined in the afternoon,” Ms. Schmeiser said.” We currently have several business memberships pending and I plan on meeting with them and other non-members in January. We have a full calendar of events and are here to help businesses grow by participating in our events as well as offering networking with other business professionals.”
Ms. Schmeiser said that four grand openings held the weekend before Christmas, including Twice As Nice, My Sister’s Fault, NovelTea Nook and easySpeak were just a few examples of the types of businesses who are finding a home in Milford. She said she expects many more to appear throughout the town in 2018.
“The city is very proactive,” Ms. Schmeiser said regarding areas that need improvement in order to attract new businesses to town. “They are currently working on a Strategic Plan to make improvements in areas that need to be addressed to attract more businesses and residents. The Chamber Economic Development Commission is working closely with the city to see how we can assist with the pending improvements.”
Ms. Schmeiser said that she often hears “location, location, location” as the reason people want to start a new business or live in a particular area. She feels that Milford offers a great location for new businesses or for those who wish to expand their business. Not only is the location great, she said, but the town offers much more, such as a quaint, charming downtown, a vibrant business climate throughout Milford, as well as non-profit organizations that offer everything from children’s services to opportunities for veterans, senior citizens and the disabled.
“During the past year or so, there has been quite a buzz about the investments into the community being made by Bayhealth, DE Turf and other businesses,” Ms. Schmeiser said. This is leading many other businesses to consider opening or moving into the greater Milford area. Not only that, but already established businesses are growing as well. Perdue is undergoing a major expansion, KSI has seen considerable growth and First State Manufacturing has been recognized both at the state and national level for their growth over the past few years. And these are just a few of the businesses in our town that are expanding or growing. This shows that Milford is a great place for residents and businesses.”
Despite its growth, Milford has kept its hometown charm, Ms. Schmeiser said. The town is still very family-oriented, providing a significant number of activities that can involve the entire family. Ms. Schmeiser said that finding family-oriented entertainment or things to keep teens and young adults occupied is not difficult in Milford.
“From options at the Milford Bowling Alley, the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club, Milford Parks & Recreation Department, Milford Public Library and the Milford School District, there are plenty of things for teens and young adults to do,” Ms. Schmeiser said. “There is also Bicentennial Park and the basketball courts, Riverwalk, Goat Island, Milford Museum, Mispillion Art League, Music School of Delaware and Riverfront Theatre in the downtown area. Kids can go to Prime Hook, the DuPont Nature Center and Abbot’s Mill.” Ms. Schmeiser also pointed out that there are many festivals, 5k events and other things available that are designed to entertain youth as well as churches who offer opportunities designed for young people.
Anyone who wants to know more about Milford and its benefits can call the Chamber at office at 302-422-3344 or stop in their downtown location in the historic Windsor Building at 24 NW Front North Street. To take advantage of the benefits and resources the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford offers for its members, businesses and individuals are encouraged to visit http://www.milfordchamber.com.
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