By DELROY A. WHYTE-HALL
When I immigrated to Hagerstown from Spanish Town, Jamaica, in 2013, a 2,393-kilometer journey by air, to join my beloved wife, Jean, little did I know I would be elevated to the leadership of SCORE’s Hagerstown chapter.
Today, I am basking in the afterglow of being appointed the new chairman, the first Jamaican national to have held this position. I was handed the ceremonial gavel at a breakfast installation ceremony on Sept. 26 at the Golden Corral restaurant in Hagerstown.
I succeeded Bob Jones, who held the position for several terms.
Members of my administrative team include Nathan Idio, vice chairman; Harry Sachs, secretary; and Sylvanus Tipson, treasurer.
The Hagerstown chapter has more than 30 volunteer men and women counselors to assist clients. They provide resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing plans they need to navigate their way to small-business success.
As head of the new administration, I will be leading the charge over the next 12 months, with the capable assistance of my new executive team. We will continue to provide quality mentoring services, which is the core of what we do for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Hagerstown and surrounding areas.
The mission is to continue recognizing and providing entrepreneurship in the Hagerstown community through workshops, seminars, business roundtable discussions, special events and mentoring.
The new administration’s aim is to help clients connect with the people and information they need to start, grow and maintain their businesses.
That includes online workshops that will be available 24/7.
I have spent several years in newspaper journalism, public relations and tourism, and now am head of ACCLAIMPR.COM Consultants (www.thebizbeast.com/acclaimpr-consultants), an online boutique public-relations and copywriting consultancy. My plan is to use my expertise and experience to help our small-business clients put together creatively cost-effective public-relations and social-media marketing programs that will enhance their name-brand recognition, credibility and company position.
Our counselors ably assist local entrepreneurs and small-business owners. We also have issued an open invitation to all entrepreneurs and small-business owners to call or email us to arrange for assistance, or register online, whether they are thinking of going into business or are an established small business.
The bottom line will to be to increase the number of counselors we have so we can adequately meet the needs of our clients. We are expecting our client numbers to grow exponentially this administrative year due to the dynamic development and ever-increasing number of entrepreneurs we have seen in Hagerstown.
However, outside of SCORE in particular and the business environment in general, as a person, some of the things that I find interesting about Hagerstown are its rich history and cultural fare. Even though I have yet to avail myself to all Hagerstown has to offer, I particularly enjoy visiting Antietam National Battlefield and Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, located in scenic City Park.
The museum boasts an outstanding permanent collection with an active schedule of exhibitions, concerts, lectures, films and special events for all ages. Its greenery, foliage and wildlife provide fodder for my photography passion.
Meanwhile, the battlefield gives me a true sense of the area’s history and connection due to the time I spent in the Jamaican army.
Another passion of mine is food, and on most weekends, my wife and I visit a different restaurant just to get a taste of the gastronomical fare Hagerstown has to offer.
Spiritually, I am a Christian, and I worship at Gateway Ministries, which is led by Senior Pastors Alan and Janis Greijack in Williamsport.
I also am the father of six grown children.
Hobby wise, I read widely, and enjoy taking scenic and nature photos.
Delroy A. Whyte-Hall is head of ACCLAIMPR Consultants, a direct-response publicity and social-media marketing consultancy that helps entrepreneurs and small-business owners establish their credibility, enhance their reputation, position them as experts and sell more products or services. He can be contacted by calling 240-707-0760; emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or going to www.thebizbeast.com.