What #netDE is doing to help keep ex-DuPonters in Delaware - Technical.ly Delaware

Access

Feb. 15, 2016 8:18 am

What #netDE is doing to help keep ex-DuPonters in Delaware

Job fairs and guidance and networking events and more. “From an economic standpoint, the quality of that talent is something you'd certainly want to keep in Delaware,” said Emerging Enterprise Center director Frank DeSantis.

Companies met with job seekers at NET/WORK Delaware, March 12, 2015.

(Photo by Twitter user @HornProgram)

The 1,700 newly (or soon-to-be) laid-off DuPonters have four options — or so says Mike Bowman, the associate director for the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships at the University of Delaware (among other things).

The first is to retire.

The second is to find a new job, stat.

"This is a special breed, and we're trying to keep them here."
Mike Bowman

The third is to start your own business.

The fourth is to take some time to continue your education, either by getting a certificate, an MBA or learning how to teach.

Bowman said UD has put together flyers of a condensed list of programs and degrees that might be of interest to the ex-DuPonters.

A risk associated with all of those options is that all of these scientists and engineers might leave Delaware. Bowman said there’s evidence a number of them are trying to stay, because he’s been getting contacted nonstop about how to find new opportunities. Not that he particularly minds.

“DuPont handpicked them and hired and trained them,” he said. “This is not a generic employee, this is a special breed, and we’re trying to keep them here.”

Frank DeSantis, the manager of the Emerging Enterprise Center, feels the same way.

“From an economic standpoint, the quality of that talent is something you’d certainly want to keep in Delaware,” he said. “These are talented folks.”

Back to those options: Here’s what people in the area, at the moment, are cooking up to help ex-Duponters.

For finding a new job, Bowman said Delaware Bio’s science and tech career fair in March will be helpful, and that he expects at least a couple hundred job offers to come of it. (We also recommend Technical.ly’s own March 24 NET/WORK event for tech jobs.)

Advertisement

Then there’s the prospect of folks starting their own business. On Feb. 16, the Delaware Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce and Delaware Technology Park, is hosting an event called “What It Really Takes to Become an Entrepreneur.”

Some of the speakers will be former DuPonters who have spun off from the company and licensed products they developed while at DuPont that the company didn’t use. That includes Harry Li, who started Wilmington PharmaTech, and Eric Teather, who cofounded WhiteOptics.

The event will also cover business strategy and development and information on local resources available. The event, from 8 a.m. to noon at the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, is free, but attendees must register first.

DeSantis said the New Castle Chamber of Commerce is offering free membership to laid-off DuPont employees for six months so they can attend events and network. He also noted the Chamber’s free monthly event, Open for Business, on every fourth Thursday, is another good small-business networking opportunity.

Bowman said he knows more events will need to be planned, but that this is a start. “I suspect this whole thing is a journey,” he said. “This is not a couple of weeks and we’re done. This thing, it’s going to be a year or more.”

You must appreciate accurate, relevant and productive community journalism.  Support this sort of work from professional reporters with seasoned editors.  Become a Technical.ly member for $12 per month -30-
JOIN THE COMMUNITY, BECOME A MEMBER
Already a member? Sign in here

Advertisement

The power of networks for inspiring innovation

These 10 companies want to meet you at NET/WORK Delaware on March 20

Delaware tech jobs by the numbers: How small is the pond?

SPONSORED

Delaware

Learn to lead digital transformation at Phorum 2019

Philadelphia

Technically Media

Technical.ly Editorial Intern

Apply Now
Malvern, PA

Vanguard

Senior Front End Engineer – CX Journey Lab

Apply Now
Kennett Square, PA

Chatham Financial

Senior Product Designer

Apply Now

Wanna do some future-gazing inside a 200-year-old castle?

Business leaders from across Delaware will convene to discuss job creation

2018 Delaware Networking Station to focus on online marketing

SPONSORED

Delaware

Pitch to speak at Comcast Labs Connect’s data security conference

Kennett Square, PA

Chatham Financial

Software Developer in Test

Apply Now
Kennett Square, PA

Chatham Financial

Junior Full Stack Software Developer

Apply Now
Wilmington

JP Morgan Chase

Java Full Stack Software Engineer

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Delaware

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!