Extraordinary businesses honored by DSCC

By Amy Cherry 3:12pm, November 14, 2012 - Updated 4:34pm, November 14, 2012
WDEL's Amy Cherry talks with Superstars in Business award winner Michiko Seto.
The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce names its Superstars in Business for their achievements.

WDEL's Amy Cherry was at the Hotel du Pont.

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The state chamber shines the spotlight on superstar Blooming Boutique at the Delaware beaches.

Owner Michiko Seto has seen her jewelry and gift shop grown from one store to seven stores in six years. The key? She found her niche.

"Growing up at the beach, I didn't like tourist prices. So one of the things I really focused on was I wanted to have things in my stores that everyone could afford, locals could come in shop all year too; and carry things that locals wanted not just the tourists," says Seto.

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She says its amazing to see her 375-square-foot store in Lewes grow into a multi-million dollar company.

Geoff Langdon, President of the public accounting firm Cover and Rossiter in Wilmington, says his company's had a good five year run, despite the bad economy.

"This group of employees rallied round each other and sort of committed to working much harder, and we also rallied around our clients and tried to help them do better," Langdon says.

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He's humbled to be a superstar.

"We were runner up last year so we sat here last year and said, 'We want to come back next year and win,' so I think there's that sense of accomplishment," he says.

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Carmen Facciolo, Jr., is co-president of Emory Hill Companies, which has also won a 2012 Superstars in Business award. That company started as just a development company, but the recession made them realize that wasn't sustainable.

"So we started a construction, a brokerage, and a maintenance division to kind of ride through these periods of economic troubles, and it's worked very well for us," says Facciolo.

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The superstar company now employs 75 people.

This year's non-profit superstar is the Blood Bank of Delmarva. President and CEO Roy Roper tells WDEL their challenge is maintaining a healthy, viable donor base for the vital service they provide.

"The number of people who can give blood is declining, which makes it very challenging for us. We're working very hard to recruit new, younger donors," Roper says.

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Roper can't recall the Blood Bank of Delmarva winning an award like this before, so he's proud and honored to have been selected by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

This year's Gilman Bowl Award went to Fred Sears, President and CEO of Delaware Community Foundation, which seeks to bridge the gap between non-profits and businesses, connecting people who care to the causes they care about.

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