Anyone who knows the work Downtown Visions does is acquainted with the multiple hats worn by Will Minster - and he's just added another hat to his collection!

Will is Director of Business Development for Downtown Visions and full-time Program Manager for Main Street Wilmington, a division of Downtown Visions. Now he has joined Patterson-Woods Commercial Properties/CORFAC International as a licensed real estate agent. With this dual role, he will be adding professional skills and resources needed to concentrate on small business recruitment and investment in the Downtown Business District.

We harnessed Will’s decades of experience as both a business owner and champion for downtown, and our Main Street initiatives have been incredibly successful. Since 2011, the Main Street Program has awarded 47 grants for building renovations, 50 grants for new signs or awnings and the removal of 26 roll down security gates. Minster has worked one-on-one with business leaders in the Central Business District to facilitate collaboration and participation in the mission of the downtown revitalization. 

Downtown Wilmington has changed dramatically over the last decade with new apartments, businesses, and co-working spaces. We are especially pleased to see innovative spaces like The Mill Space, 1313 Innovation, Start It Up Delaware and Factory Berlin. The tech and start up communities are bringing incredible energy to our downtown, as are the new residents. With this increase in activity, the focus has been placed on the retail mix and amenities that are needed to support the growing community.   

  • Site location for new businesses
  • Retail recruitment and retention
  • Market Analysis
  • Business consultation, connecting businesses to resources
  • Business Transition Strategies
  • Engaging the broader real estate community
  • Property Development

Exciting things are continuing to happen here in Downtown Wilmington!



What if you could hear from nine of the area's business leaders at one time?

That opportunity is coming on Wednesday morning, when the Delaware Business Times holds 90 ideas in 90 minutes, where nine business leaders will share their best practices, philosophies, and programs, all over breakfast.

Downtown Wilmington, where good ideas are discussed and good things happen.


How to help one of our Downtown Entrepreneurs...

One of our entrepreneurs in Downtown Wilmington just received exciting news - Cherné of Cherné Altovise has been accepted into a program called Mastered: Accessories in London!

Let's talk about dating

They're calling it "Swipe Left: Love, Dating & Situationships" and it looks very interesting.

We're fortunate to have both TEDxWilmington and Accelerate Delaware, two organizations that are committed to exploring interesting new advances in society and positioning Wilmington to be on the cutting edge of those advances.

So, this Thursday, Feb. 16, come on out for a truly interesting event:

Click Here to get your tickets.

I'll let my friend Ajit explain more:

The first TEDxWilmingtonSalon of 2017, entitled “Swipe Left: Love, Dating & Situationships,” features four speakers, including actress Yvonne Orji, co-star of the HBO hit series “Insecure,” who will share their unique perspectives on Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the World Cafe Live at The Queen.
The Salon will explore the intricate complexities of love and dating and how shifting cultural norms, technology, and trends like 'cuffing,' ‘ghosting,’ Netflix and Chill are impacting the way we date, the types of situations we enter into, and our expectations about love and relationships.
This topic is generating a great deal of interest with young professionals, and we’re pleased to start the 2017 season with such a fun and lively topic.

and Kia Ervin from Accelerate Delaware had this to add:

We developed this TEDx Salon to address the unique challenges that young professionals face today in their search for meaningful romantic relationships. This event directly aligns with our mission which is to engage millenials in Delaware through professional growth and personal enrichment opportunities.

I hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to learn and engage in Downtown Wilmington.