Delaware State Chamber Announces 2021 Superstars in Business

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The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Alliance (SBA) is pleased to announce this year’s Superstars in Business award winners, who will be recognized at an awards ceremony on November 3, 2021.

In its 23rd year, the Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business awards program is named for one of Delaware’s most distinguished small business leaders. Marvin Gilman displayed the highest ethical standards, found innovative ways to improve the world around him, and inspired others to follow in his footsteps.

“Each year, the selection committee looks forward to reviewing Superstar applications of all shapes, sizes, and industries throughout Delaware,” said Brett Gilman Smith, member of the Superstars in Business selection committee and grandson of the program’s namesake. “My grandfather would be proud to see this group of small businesses be recognized for the good they are doing for Delaware.”

The program honors businesses and nonprofit organizations for their outstanding achievements and model approaches to business and management. The awards are presented to companies that have been in business for at least three years, are small businesses based on number of full-time employees, and are members of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. Awards of Excellence are also granted to deserving companies.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners:

Faithful Friends Animal Society (Nonprofit Category): Faithful Friends was founded by Jane Pierantozzi in 2000 to fight for better outcomes for animals that end up in shelters. Their mission is to end the neglect, abandonment, and killing of pets in Delaware and enrich the lives of people by promoting and providing compassionate animal-related welfare and social services.

Weiner Benefits Group, LLC (1-20 Employee Category): From humble beginnings in 1938, Weiner Benefits Group has grown to become a full-service employee benefits and financial services firm with the goal of creating long-lasting relationships to best serve the needs of companies and their employees. 

Harvey, Hanna & Associates (21-60 Employee Category): Harvey, Hanna & Associates (HHA)—a full-service commercial real estate development company established in 1998—is a leader in providing the most unique and creative commercial real estate solutions in the mid-Atlantic region. Featuring a unique mix of business experience, market expertise, and sense of community, HHA provides custom solutions for companies seeking a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace.

Adesis, Inc. (61-150 Employee Category): Adesis is a contract research organization (CRO) that specializes in all sizes of chemical synthesis, which enables their clients to achieve their research milestones and accelerate their new products to market faster. Put simply, Adesis offers some of the world’s best chemists “for hire” to solve complex chemistry problems and turn whiteboard concepts into reality.

Award of Excellence recipients include:
Down Syndrome Association of Delaware (nonprofit category)
First State Elevator (1-20 employee category)
Delmarva Central Railroad (21-60 employee category)
Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A. (61-150 employee category)

“The quality of the applications this year was excellent, which made the selection committee’s job tough—but it was a welcome a challenge,” said Joe Nadel, vice president of finance at Colonial Parking and chair of the State Chamber’s Superstars in Business committee. “Our four winners are doing amazing and innovative things both internally and in community. We look forward to sharing their stories this November.” 

Award Ceremony Information:
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Hotel du Pont’s Gold Ballroom, Wilmington

Keynote speakers:
• Dave Heller, President & CEO, Main Street Baseball and Managing Partner, Wilmington Blue Rocks
• Clark Minker, Managing Broker, Engel & Völkers Olde Naples and Co-owner, Wilmington Blue Rocks 
Many have heard of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, but do you know why Clark Minker and Dave Heller committed to making Wilmington, DE one of the most attractive locations for America’s pastime? Discover how these two innovators creatively navigated through economic barriers and other hurdles to make the Blue Rocks franchise an industry leader while simultaneously changing the Wilmington community forever. Join us at the 23rd Annual Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business awards luncheon as we hear how a true Delaware small business is hitting it out of the park!

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