Main Street Delaware Earns Accreditation

 In 2018, Main Street Delaware organized 5,617 volunteer hours with a monetary value of $138,683 to help preserve, protect, and promote the historic downtown.

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Together, these people helped to create monthly First Friday celebrations, twice-weekly farmers’ markets from May through October, a three-day Home for the Holidays weekend, and more. They worked through design, organization, and promotion committees and in collaboration with city and county economic development offices to help support new businesses with mentoring advice, to organize community cleanups, and to bring the community together in a vibrant and welcoming downtown.

In recognition of its success, Main Street Delaware this month earned its 2019 accreditation as a National Main Street Community. The accreditation followed a half-day evaluation by Columbus-based Heritage Ohio, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify local programs that meet 10 performance standards such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, tracking a city’s economic progress, and preserving historic buildings. The National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In addition to earning renewal of its national accreditation, Main Street Delaware was honored in October with a statewide Heritage Ohio award for2017’s Best Main Street Committee Project or Event. Main Street Delaware was recognized for its inaugural three-day Home for the Holidays weekend, which incorporated the downtown tree lighting, Christmas parade, Dash for Dasher scavenger hunt, and business open house into one unforgettable weekend.

“Main Street Delaware is honored to be recognized for making a positive difference in the life of downtown Delaware and the local community,” said Susie Bibler, executive director. “On behalf of our Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone who supports us by making financial gifts, volunteering their time, and attending our events. We are grateful, too, for strong partnerships with the city and county, and we look forward to an even bigger and brighter future.”

Boyce Among First 300 To Earn NAR Commitment to Excellence Honor

C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co.’s President and Broker Toby Boyce, MBA, GRI, CREM, SFR, is among the initial 300 members – out of National Association of Realtors® 1.3 million members – to earn the Commitment to Excellence endorsement.

C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co named one of first 300 Commitment to Excellence Award Winners from National Association of Realtors.
Toby Boyce has been named a Commitment to Excellence honoree and is one of the first 300 in the nation.

The endorsement goes to Realtors® who have demonstrated knowledge and competency in ten core areas of real estate practice.

  1. Client service
  2. Professional reputation
  3. Real estate law
  4. Realtor® Code of Ethics
  5. Equal service to all (Article 10 of the Code)
  6. Advocacy of real property ownership
  7. Trust and integrity
  8. Use of technology
  9. Data privacy
  10. Areas of practice

Launched in November 2018, this innovative program sets the standard for what it means to be a professional in the real estate brokerage business.

The C2EX endorsement is available only to Realtors®. It is earned through a self-directed program that enables real estate professionals to assess and build on their competency in each of the core areas. As a broker, in addition to demonstrating competency in all 10 areas, Boyce was required to show a commitment to creating and maintaining an environment that promotes excellent customer service consistent with these standards.

Earning the Commitment to Excellence endorsement is a true accomplishment and an affirmation to consumers that you stand for ethics and professionalism in your work

2019 NAR President John Smaby

“Earning the Commitment to Excellence endorsement is a true accomplishment and an affirmation to consumers that you stand for ethics and professionalism in your work,” says 2019 NAR President John Smaby. “Advances in technology and online user experience are making our business more and more seamless, and that’s fantastic,” Smaby says, “But with new technology can come vulnerabilities. A C2EX endorsement offers consumers the ease of mind that they have a skilled adviser, committed to conducting business at the highest standards, helping them through what may be the largest purchase or sale in their life.”

The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing over 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Founded in 2015, C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. is an independent real-estate brokerage serving the needs of buyers and sellers throughout the central and north-central Ohio region. Based in Delaware, C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. has operations in Mansfield and Mt. Vernon.

Boyce is a native of Danville, Ohio, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Union of Mount Union and his Master’s in Business Administration from Heidelberg University. He has been in real estate since 2006. Boyce has resided in Delaware since 2002 with his wife, Gretchen, and daughter.

McDonald’s Changing Operators

Three Delaware McDonalds will have new operators come March 1.

The Holowicki family purchased the properties from R&D … for an undisclosed amount. All three locations – South Sandusky Street, US 23 North, and on West Central Avenue – have undergone extensive renovation in the past year. Even to the point that the US 23 North location was torn down and completely rebuilt.

This is not the Holowickis first foray into the McDonalds market owning 20+ franchises from Easton to Dublin. An employee at the South Sandusky Street store was complimented the Holowicki family on how they run the business having worked for them in the past.

Sunbury Hotel Change Hands

Kautilya Berkshire purchased a hotel at State Route 37 and I-71 for $1.975 million. {image from amerisource hotel web site)

A hotel at I-71 and State Routes 36 and 37 in Berkshire Township has a new owner according to the Delaware County Auditor’s office.

America’s Best Inn & Suites, located at 7323 State Route 37 East in Sunbury, sold for $1,975,000. The property was purchased by
Kautilya Berkshire Hotel LLC. The Kautilya Group operates the Hampton Inn located adjacent to the purchased property behind Bob Evans.

Hot Chicken Takeover Taking Over OWU

DeLoss Speaking on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Joe DeLoss, founder, owner, and head fryer of Columbus-based Hot Chicken Takeover, will discuss his company’s efforts to provide supportive jobs for people working to overcome past incarceration, homelessness, and other barriers to successful employment, during a moderated chat Thursday, February 21, at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

Joe DeLoss Hot Chicken Take OVer
Joe DeLoss,owner of Columbus-based Hot Chicken Takeover, will speak on Feb. 21 at Ohio Wesleyan. [submitted]

DeLoss will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Benes Room B of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. His presentation will be a fireside-style chat moderated by 2006 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Dan Sharpe, vice president for community research and grants management for The Columbus Foundation.

This free, public event represents OWU’s 2019 Heisler Business Ethics Lecture organized by The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship.

In explaining the company’s business model, Hot Chicken Takeover states: “HTC employees are wildly ambitious and have set their sights on what’s next. Once hired, we support their financial stability, personal growth, and professional development with an array of benefits.”

Examples of company benefits include:

  • 2:1 Matched Milestone program – supporting the efforts of employees to afford housing, education, transportation, and more.
  • Cash advances – providing access to emergency cash assistance and no-interest loans to manage crises.
  • Counseling – retaining licensed counselors to provide recovery support and short-term counseling.
  • Professional development – certifying employees in food safety through the Food Protection Program of Columbus Public Health.
  • Competitive wages and tips – paying most employees salaries of $11+ per hour.

The Benes Rooms are located in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center and is located at 40 Rowland Avenue in Delaware, Ohio.