Three area businesses and respective owners received honors from their peers at the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce’s Awards for Excellence Dinner June 24 at the Sheraton Dover Hotel. Here's a closer look at the winners.


Three area businesses and respective owners received honors from their peers at the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce’s Awards for Excellence Dinner June 24 at the Sheraton Dover Hotel. Chamber of commerce members nominated fellow businesses and chose the winners for Corporation of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year.
Here’s a closer look at this year’s winners:

2010 Corporation of the Year — Dover Federal Credit Union

Dover Federal Credit Union
LOCATIONS 225 Saulsbury Road, 255 N. DuPont Highway, Dover; Dover Air Force Base, building 264, Chad Street; 7 W. Glenwood Ave., Smyrna; 643 N. DuPont Blvd., Milford; and 4 Quigley Blvd., New Castle
YEAR OPENED 1958
QUICK FACT In the top 9% nationwide of all credit unions, it’s the largest and fastest growing credit union in Dover.

Winning the Corporation of the Year award re-enforces the team’s commitment not only to members but the community. A lot of people at Dover Federal Credit Union give back and not just through churches or little league, President/CEO David W. Clendaniel said. It’s also nice to be recognize by the business community and seen as an integral piece of the community, added Vice President of Finance Stephen Bellas.

The business model is unique where everyone is an equal owner, whether a teller in the bank or someone in line, Clendaniel said. Customers get the best return whether it’s lower fees or high interest rates for deposits, he added. The Dover Federal Credit Union is very committed to the credit union industry and helps lobby in Washington, D.C.


2010 Small Business of the Year — Faw, Casson & Co., LLP

Faw, Casson & Co., LLP
LOCATION 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 203, Dover
YEAR OPENED Firm: 1944, Dover office: 1969
QUICK FACT Dover office increased its staff by one-third and revenues by 50% in the last five years with employee retention of more than 85%.

Faw, Casson & Co., LLP, winner of the 2010 Small Business of the Year award, has made it a priority and commitment to provide clients with the best available professional services. It uses the resources of AGN International for technical and professional development, and directly for the benefit of clients.

Clients appreciate the firm’s responsiveness, expertise and honesty in guiding them through their challenges.


2010 Entrepreneur of the Year — Beverly Knight, Knight’s Fine Jewelry

Knight’s Fine Jewelry
LOCATION 240 E. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Camden
YEAR OPENED 1986
QUICK FACT Customers are taught how to handle a jeweler’s loupe, which magnifies, with their purchase so they know what the stones really look like. This keeps them from being taken advantage of in the future if they have jewelry cleaned; they’ll make sure they get back their original stone.

Beverly Knight said she was shocked to win 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year because she had such tough competition in her category, but perhaps becoming more visible in the chamber through the Leadership Central Delaware course she took helped.

She felt the award validates all the hard work she put in and shows how people can identify with a working mother who also raised four kids. When it comes to jewelry, it sells itself, she added, because people know what they want.