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Launch Potato Makes Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America 2020

Friday, September 4, 2020 - 3:05pm

Congratulations to our Downtown Delray Business on their most recent accomplishment! Check out the press release below:

"Launch Potato was recognized again on the Inc. 5000 List as one of the 2020 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. A technology company that builds and scales digital brands, Launch Potato has had 93% revenue growth in the previous three years. This is the second time Launch Potato has been named a Fastest-Growing Private Company.

This award honors companies based on percentage revenue growth within the last three years. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. 

“We are honored to be named again as one of America's fastest-growing companies. Launch Potato has been very deliberate in both business and team growth initiatives (doubling headcount from 2019 to 2020). We continue to be committed to building a high-performance, innovative culture,” said Christine Yaged, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Launch Potato. 

Launch Potato owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital brands connecting over 70MMU US consumers a month with leading consumer brands looking to acquire new customers. This includes its fastest-growing brand, FinanceBuzz, an investment and personal finance platform.

This award comes on the heels of Launch Potato being recently named an Inc. 2020 Best Place to Work. These leading awards highlight Launch Potato's commitment to industry-leading innovation and team development.

About Launch Potato

Launch Potato believes in building teams who can solve complex problems using smart marketing, excellent engineering, data science, and fun! Launch Potato is hiring, find open positions on the careers page."

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A Day in Delray

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 12:42pm

Here’s a great way to spend a day in our "Village by the Sea"

(while staying safe and socially distancing):

Sunrise at Delray Beach

Start with a sunrise morning walk on the beach! What better way to get some fresh air and space by strolling along our 2-mile stretch of pristine beach...If you decide to stay for a while, our Oceanside Beach Service beach attendants will provide you with chairs and umbrellas all while maintaining the highest safety standards & socially-distanced protocols!

Oceanside Beach Service

If you are ready for some breakfast, stop at Caffé Luna Rosa for a scrumptuous array of breakfast options and enjoy the beach view & a mimosa (or two). Be sure to stop into the VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER next door for wonderful ideas on things to do and all the activities available in our exciting little village! They are now operating Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from 11 am - 3 pm.

Woman Shopping at Coco & Co

Now it’s time to go into town and visit all of our wonderful shops along Atlantic Ave. and our many galleries in Pineapple Grove. Many are offering summer discounts to take advantage of. Make sure you have plenty of room on your credit card! Remember, Masks are required in Downtown Delray Beach when entering and exiting a place of business, so #MasksUpDelray!

Deck 84

Ready for lunch? Choose one of the many options within the town or make your way to our waterside restaurants on the Intracoastal. Che!!! and Deck 84 are located on either side of the waterways and provide a lovely view of the many passing boats, paddleboards, and kayaks. Not ready to "dine-in"? Many of our restaurants offer take out and our local delivery food service, Delivery Dudes will bring you your food wherever you might be in Delray! *Tip: It is currently Restaurant Month in Downtown Delray, so be sure to use code: LOCALEATS when ordering for Free delivery throughout the month of August.

A man from Delivery Dudes service approaching a walkway

Time to take a break from the sun! Some options are: take a 2-hour guided tour with Delray Yacht Cruises down the Intracoastal, stop by the Delray Beach Library and grab a book or take one of their virtual classes, learn the history of Delray Beach at the Delray Beach Historical Society, or see our marine life at the Sandoway Nature Center.

Time for Happy Hour? Many restaurants and bars offer discounts on appetizers and drinks starting around 4:00 pm. A good way to do a Food/ Pub Crawl...

Outside of Johnny Browns Restaurant

After taking a well-deserved break, (it’s a lot of work having this much fun!) it’s time for dinner and entertainment. Delray Beach offers a wide variety of food options and price points for even the most discerning visitor (especially this August during Restaurant Month!). Many restaurants have live entertainment too! Check out Tin Roof or Johnnie Brown's for some live music at their open-air venues.

 A great way to end a fun-filled day in our city, voted by USA today as one of the HAPPIEST SEASIDE TOWNS IN AMERICA!

The open beach with kites flying

Now you know why... :)

Travel + Leisure Names Delray Beach in Top 12 Best Beaches in Florida

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 4:18pm

Travel + Leisure has released their article on the "12 Best Beaches in Florida" placing Delray Beach at number 7!

"Delray Beach is the perfect place to alternate between napping, swimming in the ocean, and entertaining people-watching. With a wide sandy sprawl that’s lined with grass and palm trees, you’ll have plenty of space to relax. When you need a break from the sun, window shop on Atlantic Avenue or take in the murals and public art in the Pineapple Grove Arts District."

Read the entire article HERE. And watch the video below:

 

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority is hiring!

Monday, June 8, 2020 - 4:58pm

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority is currently looking for a full-time Downtown Activation Manager. Please see the role description below:

The MISSION of the Organization...

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is an innovative, hands-on, taxing authority that is responsible for the health and well being of the historic, resort-like Downtown. The Delray Beach DDA is a model of credibility, professionalism, and productivity generating valued outcomes aligned with the mission. The Mission of the DDA is to stimulate, enhance, and sustain the economic vitality of downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.

The story of your role . . . as Downtown Activation Manager

As the activation and operations manager, you help shape the story of Downtown Delray Beach and drive the organization's success in serving its constituents and the community at large. You provide essential strategic planning of marketing events, including logistic planning and implementation, development and collaboration of placemaking and marketing initiatives and the day to day operation of the DDA. This work also puts you on the front lines with the DDA constituents and downtown customers.

This role requires partnership with the Marketing Manager & Program Coordinator on the development and execution of a variety of Downtown Merchant and consumer-specific programs such as First Friday Art Walk, Shop Small, Delray Beach Fashion Week, and Savor the Avenue along with many other programs that benefit the Downtown businesses. The role of relationship building is essential and vital to our success and knowledge as well as a passion for event planning and execution is key.

Most of all, this role requires a motivated individual with experience in event planning, business development, and project management and someone who is passionate about the development and implementation of marketing and economic development initiatives for a resort downtown. We are a small team, so communication is very important among the staff!

Please click on the PDF below to see the full position requirements. 

To apply, e-mail your cover letter and resume to LSimon@downtowndelraybeach.com 

B.R.A.G.

Downtown Delray Business Relief Assistance Grant

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 9:39am

[Update: Application closed] Downtown Delray Business Relief Assistance Grant — Due to the results of the COVID-19 Executive Orders, all non-essential businesses and restaurants within Downtown Delray Beach had been forced to close or change their operation to provide curbside pickup or delivery service. Downtown Delray Beach is home to over 96% small businesses making up the fabric of the community. Many of these businesses have been along Atlantic Avenue for over 10 years and are now facing an unprecedented crisis.

The Downtown Development Authority has designated $30,000 to assist small storefront businesses within the DDA district that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Downtown Delray Local Business Relief Grant Assistance program will award up to 30 businesses $1,000 grants. Administered and funded by the Downtown Development Authority, these grants are designed to serve as flexible emergency funding in an effort to assist with retaining as many small storefronts, for-profit businesses including retail, gallery, independent restaurant, or retail service business with a physical location within downtown Delray Beach customarily open for customers/patrons. Grant criteria include the small business being open and operating for over five years, have 25 employees or less, and be locally owned and operated. Grant awards to individual businesses shall not exceed $1,000. The online application will go live on June 16, 2020, at 8 a.m. and the deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on June 17, 2020.

The Business must meet the criteria below to be eligible to apply:

-     Own a storefront business within the DDA district that qualifies as a "small business" (25 employees or less)

*Business owners with multiple locations within the Downtown Delray district may submit one application for each site. A separate application must be submitted for each location.

-       Business Type: For-profit, retail, gallery, independent restaurant with a physical location within the downtown & customarily open for customers/patrons

-       Open and Operating within the district for over 5 years (Business Tax Receipt, BTR, or other proof of operations, proof of business's state license (Sunbiz), and W-9 must be provided)

-       Be locally owned (owner to reside in Palm Beach County)

-       Lost ability to operate due to COVID-19 public health requirements OR demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused a minimum 50% decline in revenues since March 13, 2020 (using average revenue for the same two-month period in 2019 and/or average monthly revenue based on total 2019 revenue).

-       Have no outstanding liens or legal judgments

-       Demonstrate the desire to continue operations and have applied for federal relief provided

Submitted applications will be reviewed based on timestamp received, and 30 qualified businesses will each be awarded a $1,000 grant by June 19, 2020. Grants recipients must provide the DDA with proof of how the funds were used within 60 days of receipt of the grant funds.

Questions regarding the grant should be emailed to grant@downtowndelraybeach.com

PDF documents you will need to complete your form:

  • Business Tax Receipt (or other proof of years in operations as a business/organization)
  • Proof of business’s state business license (Sunbiz)
  • W-9 Form
  • Proof of decline in revenue

DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH BUSINESS DISTRICT MAP (click to enlarge):



We strongly urge interested businesses to take the weekend to review the application criteria, gather any necessary supporting documents you will need, and take a look at the SAMPLE APPLICATION prior to the application going live.

 If you have any questions, please reach out to grant@downtowndelraybeach.com and we can assist you.

 

THE APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR POTENTIAL FUTURE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES.