Since April, Paula Gunson with the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce has been busier than usual. She has had a number of ribbon cuttings to attend. "It seems like it all started with the second quarter of the year," said Gunson, executive director of the chamber. "There was nothing happening until then." Except for two, all of the ribbon cuttings have been for medical offices, Gunson said. The exceptions are the Tractor Supply Co., which opened this summer on U.S. 13, and the new Bridgeville Public Library, which celebrated its grand opening in August. In addition, she was there when Evelio Velasquez, a native of Guatemala, broke ground for a 9,300-square foot building in the Ross Business Park in Seaford. CAD Imports LLC is a distributor for Hispanic health and beauty aids. The company distributes products from Richmond to Philadelphia. Velasquez expects that he will employ about a dozen people. Gunson is looking forward to the opening of the new Seaford District Library, anticipated for late this year. She is also looking forward to more businesses coming to the area, as the economy continues to improve and planned housing developments get underway.

"The core of our growth seems to be the health services industry," she said. "It continues to bring people to the area and as more and more people are here, businesses will be able to justify being here. "All of this makes me feel very positive," she added. "I think that good things are happening." At last week's annual meeting of the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce, chamber president Tom Brown, who is also senior vice president at Nanticoke Health Services, said that the chamber's agenda next year will focus on job creation in western Sussex County. He told chamber members that he and Nanticoke CEO, Steve Rose, look forward to the day when another Seaford-area business employs more people than the hospital, currently the area's No. 1 employer, does. "Not because we get smaller, but because someone comes in who is bigger," he added. State Rep. Dan Short (R - Seaford), who helped develop the Small Business Caucus in the State House, told chamber members that protecting small businesses is one of his priorities. Short will be featured at a town hall meeting Nov. 4 sponsored by the Georgetown Economic Development Council and focusing on ways government can help small businesses. "We need to take some severe steps," he said. "Small job creation is very important and we are going to be very involved in that."

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