Harvey, Hanna & Associates, Inc. (HHA) is pleased to welcome American Training Driver Academy to the Delaware River Industrial Park in New Castle.
American Driver Training Academy recently celebrated the opening of their new facility by hosting an open house and ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, February 24th with the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce. Local businesses, clients and vendors attended the event which also featured truck demonstrations, door prizes, giveaways, food and refreshments.
“We are excited to welcome American Driver Training Academy to the Delaware River Industrial Park. Their business concept is an ideal fit with its immediate proximity to the Port of Wilmington, Delaware Memorial Bridge and access to the full interstate interchanges of I-95, I-295 and I-495,”said Thomas J. Hanna, COO / managing director, HHA.
American Driver Training Academy recently opened the new training facility by leasing 4,685 sf of office and 1.5 acres of training space at 618 Lambson Lane located at the Delaware River Industrial Park (DRIP) managed by HHA in New Castle, Delaware.
American Driver Training Academy is one of the premier truck driving academies in the region, specializing in CDL-A license truck driving training for drivers in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. From their experienced trainers to their modern truck fleet and state-of-the-art training center, American Driver Training Academy has a 97% graduate employment rate and offers lifetime job placement opportunities. American Driver Training Academy has placed jobs for graduates with over 100 companies nationwide. Key clients include Homeland Security and the Transportation Safety Administration. American Driver Training Academy also serves as the only on-site certification facility for the TWIC® (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) Card in Delaware on behalf of the Transportation Security Administration. To learn more about American Driver Training Academy, visit: http://www.americandrivertraining.com/
About Harvey, Hanna & Associates- Established in 1997, HHA is a full service Commercial Real Estate Redevelopment Company featuring 3,000,000 square feet of prime location commercial, retail, and industrial real estate in Delaware.
Looking to add meaning and value to your holiday season?
Why not give the gift of food security by making a tax-deductible gift to the Delaware KIDS Fund. Your gift will have an amazing front-line impact as the demand at Delaware food banks continues to mount with demand exceeding supply!
244,00 adults and children in Delaware do not have sufficient food – each day, every day – half of whom are children at risk.
The Delaware KIDS Fund was established by Thomas J. Hanna in November 2008 and is an acronym for ‘Kids in Distressed Situations’. It is geared around assisting Delaware area kids that are at risk or in need for whatever reason. Delaware KIDS Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing goods and services such as; clothing, food, shelter, scholarships, educational grants, counseling and mentoring.
Over the last six years, the fund has disbursed $47,146 to worthy organizations and crisis needs in Delaware. Organizations such as ‘The Bridge of Hope Food Bank’ in Wilmington, ‘Student Backpack Program’ of NCCC, ‘Cape Henlopen Food Bank’, ‘Our Lady of Grace Orphanage’ in Newark, ‘The Delaware Food Bank’, ‘Limestone Presbyterian Church’, ‘Family Promise’ of northern NCC and the ‘Sunday Breakfast Mission’, to name a few. Founding partner Harvey, Hanna & Associates has donated over $1 Million dollars to Delaware causes in 1997.
“There is a personal connection with any effort such as this. I’m a father of three kids myself and having been in out of various children’s hospitals, seeing those kids that are less fortunate than others; it hits home. A few years ago, we as a family decided to consolidate our giving and formalize it in the form of this Delaware KIDS Fund,” shares Thomas J. Hanna, VP of Harvey Hanna & Associates.
The Fund was established as a response to Delaware’s ‘food security crisis’, based on the premise that ‘no child of any age can flourish and grow without adequate nutrition’ and has grown to encompass much more since its’ conception. The Delaware KIDS Fund not only supplies nutrition for Delaware youth’s physical growth, it also helps to feed their minds through the mentoring program, counseling, scholarships and educational grants.
Your gift will allow the Delaware KIDS Fund to accelerate its efforts during the Holidays and into 2015. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift either online or by sending a check payable to ‘Delaware KIDS Fund’ to:
The Delaware KIDS Fund 405 East Marsh Lane, Suite 1 Newport, DE 19804
Your gift of $25 will feed a family of 4 with 3 meals per day for one week. Your gift of $100 will feed a family of 4 with 3 meals per day for a month. Every $10 you give will provide 40 meals to a child in need.
For more information, please visit www.dekidsfund.org or contact Thomas J. Hanna at (302) 323-9300 ext. 12 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week we listed ‘Five Top Reasons to do Business in Delaware’ which makes a great case for ‘start ups’ to open their business in the state of Delaware. Well here’s even more incentive, Delaware has the fastest Internet Speeds (16.2 mbps) in the nation which gives Delaware business an edge, making them more competitive than those businesses based in neighboring states!
“In terms of absolute speeds, Delaware had the fastest Internet speeds at 16.2 mbps, followed by just over 14 in Virginia; Washington. D.C. was next with speeds just below 14 mbps. The Internet was slowest in Arkansas, where average speeds were 7.5 mbps.” — Chokshi , Niraj. “These maps show the Internet is getting faster in (almost) every state.” The Washington Post., 30 Sep. 2014.
Not only does a faster internet speed make e-commerce sites more competitive, it makes businesses of all industries more productive, giving them faster access to shared project files allowing for more efficient collaboration.
The Akamai SOTI Report noted that “the global average connection speed increased 21% from the first to second quarter of the year. At 4.6 Mbps, the global average connection speed exceeded the 4 Mbps “broadband” threshold for the first time.”—Akamai SOTI
The State of Delaware is known as the “Corporate Capital of the World,” due to its incorporation of more than sixty percent of the Fortune 500 companies. There are many reasons Delaware is the perfect state to do business, such as its reputation as a ‘pro-business’ state, proximity to viable markets and accessibility to a highly educated work force.
The state has taken a wide variety of measures to help established small businesses and entrepreneurs take their business from the idea phase to start-up to expansion, making Delaware an excellent choice to start a business.
The Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) aids entrepreneurs building a business through various state programs designed to help these start-up businesses develop successfully. DEDO has enabled the success of many small businesses through easy access to incentives, grants and the SSBCI program where businesses receive low interest loans.
Governor Markell has made it part of his agenda “to back small business at every phase of development, with great emphasis on development” –Levin, Alan. “Delaware’s entrepreneurs help drive economy.” delawareonline., 04 Oct. 2014.
Here are Five Top Reasons to do Business in Delaware:
Delaware # 1 in Economic Output Per Job – According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Enterprising States study, Delaware ranked first in the Economic Output Per Job study and fifth in the New Startup Rate study.
Delaware # 1 in Business Friendliness— CNBC’s 2014 America’s Top States for Business ranked Delaware as the most business friendly state.
Delaware #2 in Business Incubation –The Beacon Hill Institute’s 13th annual State Competitiveness Report ranked Delaware second for business incubation in 2013, thanks to programs such as the Emerging Enterprise Center (EEC) of New Castle County Chamber of Commerce (NCCCC) which creates a nurturing environment to help early stage businesses grow, develop and succeed.
The Kauffman FastTrac program ~ A combined effort between DEDO and Delaware Technical Community College, the Kauffman FastTrac program has trained over 300,00 entrepreneurs nationwide by helping them to develop business plans and guides small-business owners who want to take their enterprise to the next level.
State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) — The program is designed to enhance access to capital and lower interest rates provided to small business. The plan dedicates $12.1 million to create a new participation program between DEDO, lending institutions and their small business clients and dedicates $1 million to the Delaware Capital Access Program. .
Meanwhile, there a numerous other reasons to do business in Delaware, such as the DEMEP (Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership) that helps ‘forward thinking manufacturers’ to remain competitive, the DWIB (Delaware Workforce Investment Board) that offers ‘Employee Training Grants’ or the Brownfield Assistance Program which provides matching grants to owners and developers in order to encourage the redevelopment within the state.
Are you a Delaware Business that has benefited from one of these various programs? Please share with us your story so Delaware can continue to lift up businesses throughout the state and encourage growth and the entrepreneurial spirit!
The New Castle County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 8th Annual County Chamber Charity Challenge at Cavaliers Country Club on September 10th and through a raffle was able to raise $2000 for The Delaware KIDS Fund, a charitable organization which benefits kids in distressed situations and established by HHA V.P., Thomas J. Hanna.
Congratulations to Joe Panchisin, the lucky winner of the raffle grand prize! Joe won a ‘Week stay at The Residences at Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach‘. The 2 bedroom luxury condominium overlooks the Rehoboth Bay in Dewey Beach and is part of Dewey Beach Enterprises resort development project.
Dewey Beach Enterprises (DBE) recently announced that the company was ready to move onto the next phase of construction for the resort project, which encompasses the Hyatt Place Hotel; penthouse and bayside residential condominiums; retail stores and restaurants; a future conference center; and an array of public amenities.
Delaware came in second for the 2014 ‘State New Economy Index.
Not too shabby Delaware!
According to the report, Delaware is the most Globalized of states due to the state’s business-friendly corporate law. This serves to entice both foreign and domestic companies and creates a higher-wage traded service sector.
Thanks to the high-wage traded services, along with direct foreign investment and industry investment in R&D, Delaware moved up 4 rankings since 2010.
Massachusetts has been ranked #1 since the conception of the State New Economy index. This is largely due to the state’s concentration of biotech, hardware and software firms supported by widely renowned universities, such as Harvard and MIT.
California ranked #3, largely due to its domination of venture capital (55% of all U.S. Venture Investments), Silicon Valley and high-tech clusters in the southern part of the state.
The State New Economy Index is a report that focuses on measuring the economic structure of states, unlike other reports that assess state economic performance or state economic policy. (According to ‘The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’, a Washington, D.C. non-profit, nonpartisan think tank at group whose mission is to help policymakers better understand the nature of the new innovation economy and the publisher of the report)
This report focuses on the simple question, “To what degree does the structure of state economies match the ideal structure of the New Economy (a more global one)?”
The report uses five categories; Knowledge Jobs, Globalization, Economic Dynamism, The Digital Economy, and Innovation Capacity.