Project Pop-Up Participation Doubles in 2014 - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Project Pop-Up Participation Doubles in 2014

Posted:
DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Economic Development Office says “Project Pop-Up” has more than doubled the participation in the state since 2013.

Project Pop-Up is a joint effort between the Delaware Economic Development Office and Downtown Delaware. The department says the project offers three months of rent-free commercial space and the assistance of a business advisor from October through December.

The Delaware Economic Development Office says last year, five entrepreneurs jumped at the opportunity and used it to achieve their dreams of moving into a brick-and-mortar location. Using last year's success as a springboard for 2014, the department says 13 businesses will participate in the program this holiday season.

The department says the program also helps to spur economic development in towns across the state of Delaware by placing business in renovated properties that were once vacant.

“The success of Delaware's talented and hard-working entrepreneurs is vital to our state's present and future economy,” said Gov. Jack Markell. “Project Pop-Up has proven to position them for long- term success, helping to turn their great ideas into thriving businesses, while reinvigorating vacant properties in our downtowns. Combined with initiatives like expanding the research and development tax credit for small businesses and reforming state regulations, this initiative is an essential part of our efforts to unleash the potential of Delaware's small business community.”

The following businesses will take part in Project Pop-Up 2014 and will open on Oct. 1:

 

  • Fresh Faced Skin Care, LLC, owned by Erica Suppa, 104 West Main Street, Middletown
  • Max Tax, LLC, owned by Gary and Nicole Kennedy, 202 North Union St., Wilmington
  • Patty Cakes, LLC, owned by Latricia Vicks, 22 South Walnut St., Milford
  • Skin by Hillary, LLC, owned by Hillary Reid, 105 Federal St., Milton
  • WineKnot21, LLC, owned by Amy Conroy, 113 Union Street Unit F, Milton

The Delaware Economic Development Office says this year will also see the addition of a Project Pop-Up Incubator at 9th and Shipley streets in Wilmington, which will include the following businesses:

  • Barrel of Makers, owned by Jesse Taylor
  • Cherné Altovise Jewelry, owned by Cherné Bishop
  • Dolley's Sweet Cakes, owned by Andrienne Dolley
  • Fit Body Personal Training, owned by Ositadinma Ofuani
  • FLYOGI, owned by Jason Aviles
  • London Rocks Kids, owned by Damaris Colon
  • MIZ INK, owned by Michael Hill
  • Tasty Couture, owned by Theresa Holland

“The expansion of this year's Pop-Up program to include a three-month incubator in the City of Wilmington will create an opportunity for early stage entrepreneurs to market test their products and services, during the holiday season, in an active downtown location,” said Ken Anderson, director for entrepreneurial and small business support for DEDO. “We are confident that a number of these businesses will be in a better position to pursue longer-term lease arrangements going forward.”

 The Delaware Economic Development Office says last year's Project Pop-Up participants included 302 Fitness, a personal training studio and small group workout center in Milton owner by John Lehne; Milton Wellness Center of Delaware, owned by Dr. Bill Shearer and Mary Van House; Milford Massage, Wellness and Yoga, owned by Paige Deiner; Royal Treatments, a home décor and window treatments business in downtown Smyrna owned by Karen Gill; and Computers Fixed Today, owned by Theo Morgan and located in Dover.

“The response to last year's program was just phenomenal, and we couldn't be happier with the fact that we were able to more than double the number of participating businesses,” said Diane Laird, State Coordinator for Downtown Delaware. “What was most encouraging was our ability to help last year's businesses sign long-term leases beyond the holiday season. We hope to replicate that success this year.”

The Delaware Economic Development office says last year, all five businesses signed long-term leases and continue to do business in the communities in which they were established.

The department says Deiner's business did so well that it outgrew its space and moved to a larger location less than a mile away. Since she first opened her business with the help of Project Pop-Up, Milford Massage has quadrupled its business, compiling in one day what it used to bring in over a week.

“I don't think any of this would have been possible without Project Pop-Up,” Deiner said. “It was hard to take that risk and invest in something that I was unsure about. Project Pop-Up not only gave us a start, but it gave us constant support. It gave me the opportunity to work toward that dream with confidence.”

The Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office, Alan Levin, says Project Pop-Up represents a “graduation phase” of DEDO's support of small business, which begins with programs like Start It Up Delaware and continues with the Kauffman FastTrac Program.

“Every big business started out as a small business. We provide financial assistance and support for small businesses because they are the future of our economy,” Levin said. “Project Pop-Up has been successful at identifying those individuals who are willing to take the leap and move ahead with their vision. These men and women will lead Delaware's economy for years to come, and we will gladly support their efforts long after the ink dries on their first long-term lease.”
  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • 'Ghost Pots' Hurting Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crab Population

    'Ghost Pots' Hurting Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crab Population

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 10:28 AM EDT2017-05-24 14:28:22 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:13 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:13:21 GMT

    Crabbing season is well underway, and that means hundreds of thousands of crab pots are in the Chesapeake Bay catching blue crabs. However, many of those pots can quickly become "ghost" pots, sinking to the bottom of the bay and taking millions of crabs with them. These ghost pots have been a problem in the bay for decades, diminishing the crab population, and potentially costing watermen millions of dollars.

    More

    Crabbing season is well underway, and that means hundreds of thousands of crab pots are in the Chesapeake Bay catching blue crabs. However, many of those pots can quickly become "ghost" pots, sinking to the bottom of the bay and taking millions of crabs with them. Those ghost pots have been a problem in the bay for decades, diminishing the crab population, and potentially costing watermen millions of dollars.

    More
  • Two Men Shot While Filming Rap Video in Dover

    Two Men Shot While Filming Rap Video in Dover

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 6:34 PM EDT2017-05-24 22:34:18 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:15 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:15:06 GMT

    The Dover Police Department says two people were hurt in an afternoon shooting in the Capitol Green neighborhood. 

    More

    The Dover Police Department says two people were hurt in an afternoon shooting in the Capitol Green neighborhood. 

    More
  • Laurel Police Looking for a Shoplifting Suspect

    Laurel Police Looking for a Shoplifting Suspect

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 9:11 PM EDT2017-05-25 01:11:59 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:14:36 GMT

    The Laurel Police Department is currently investigating a shoplifting incident at a Royal Farms. 

    More

    The Laurel Police Department is currently investigating a shoplifting incident at a Royal Farms. 

    More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Four Arrested, Two Wanted After Two Month Investigation

    Four Arrested, Two Wanted After Two Month Investigation

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 3:43 PM EDT2017-05-24 19:43:47 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:07:35 GMT
    Shamarr Willingham and Anthony Daniels are wanted for drug and weapons offenses.Shamarr Willingham and Anthony Daniels are wanted for drug and weapons offenses.

    The Dover Police Department wrapped up a two month investigation with the arrest of four suspects and charges pending for two suspects on drug and weapons offenses. 

    More

    The Dover Police Department wrapped up a two month investigation with the arrest of four suspects and charges pending for two suspects on drug and weapons offenses. ..

    More
  • Laurel Police Looking for a Shoplifting Suspect

    Laurel Police Looking for a Shoplifting Suspect

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 9:11 PM EDT2017-05-25 01:11:59 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:14:36 GMT

    The Laurel Police Department is currently investigating a shoplifting incident at a Royal Farms. 

    More

    The Laurel Police Department is currently investigating a shoplifting incident at a Royal Farms. 

    More
  • 5 Arrested in Kent County Human Trafficking Case

    5 Arrested in Kent County Human Trafficking Case

    Monday, May 22 2017 4:59 PM EDT2017-05-22 20:59:41 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-05-23 03:08:51 GMT

    The Delaware State Police, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Delaware Department of Justice, arrested five people in connection with a human trafficking case. 

    More

    The Delaware State Police, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Delaware Department of Justice, arrested five people in connection with a human trafficking case. 

    More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Cruisin' Leaves it's Mark on Ocean City

    Cruisin' Leaves it's Mark on Ocean City

    You can see the skid marks on the roads of Seaside Village in West Ocean City.

    Marks that remind residents who live there of the chaos that occurred last weekend.

    Terri Wilson who lives in one of the condo's at Seaside Village said, "Now it's just you go to the coastal highway or even here on our personal streets to see them do wheeleys and destroying our streets.

    More

    You can see the skid marks on the roads of Seaside Village in West Ocean City.

    Marks that remind residents who live there of the chaos that occurred last weekend.

    Terri Wilson who lives in one of the condo's at Seaside Village said, "Now it's just you go to the coastal highway or even here on our personal streets to see them do wheeleys and destroying our streets.

    More
  • Harbor Seal Sighting in Felton Becomes Viral Video

    Harbor Seal Sighting Becomes Viral Video

    A harbor seal was spotted at Coursey Pond in Felton, Delaware. WBOC's Madeleine Overturf spoke to Chris Lambert, the man who shot the video of it. Environmentalists searching for it named the seal "Philomena."

    More

    A harbor seal was spotted at Coursey Pond in Felton, Delaware. WBOC's Madeleine Overturf spoke to Chris Lambert, the man who shot the video of it. Environmentalists searching for it named the seal "Philomena."

    More
  • Locals React to Cruisin' Ocean City

    Locals React to Cruisin' Ocean City

    Thousands of cars rumbled into Ocean City for Cruisin' OC but not everyone was thrilled about it.

    For 27 years unique cars have traveled from hundreds of miles away to drive up and down the streets of Ocean City.

    While this event might be a big attraction for people who aren't from Delmarva, not everyone gets revved up for the weekend.Locals said that over the past few years the noise and the smell has gotten to be a little too much.

    More

    Thousands of cars rumbled into Ocean City for Cruisin' OC but not everyone was thrilled about it.

    For 27 years unique cars have traveled from hundreds of miles away to drive up and down the streets of Ocean City.

    While this event might be a big attraction for people who aren't from Delmarva, not everyone gets revved up for the weekend.Locals said that over the past few years the noise and the smell has gotten to be a little too much.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices