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DT Callis Seafood will be an oyster processing business and a new local outlet for oystermen to sell their catch. We are also the first woman owned oyster business. We will be buying oysters from the local watermen of the Chesapeake Bay. We will box the fresh oysters for the half shell market and package shucked oysters in quart and gallon containers for our restaurant and seafood business clients. Oysters are making a comeback after a period of shortage and we are seeing an increase in demand on the Eastern Seaboard and beyond which will help our business thrive. We will offer a fair price to the oystermen helping them to bypass the large companies who fix prices extremely low. Through our contacts and word of mouth we have many local oystermen who have expressed interest in dealing with us. In 2015 our boat was destroyed which set us back financially. We decided that we would start a new business buying oysters from the local watermen. We are in the process of buying an existing, inoperative oyster house that was started in 1957. The building needs renovation and upgrades to accommodate the thirty-five workers we will need to be fully operational. Our goal is to expand to fifty employees. The business will offer much needed jobs in the area and we want to be able to donate to the local food bank to help people in our community.
My husband, Terry, has been an oysterman all his life. He taught me how to harvest in 2014 and since 1963 managed the seafood business for Mr. Callis, the original owner managing a staff of 50. I co-managed a dairy farm for twenty-three years and also worked for a nurseryman where I increased sales and went on to manage their satellite nursery. With our combined experience we have the expertise to make the business a success.
Deborah Haydon, owner/member of DT Callis Seafood LLC, recently won a Bronze Stevie Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year–Consumer Products–10 or Less Employees category in the 14th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are among the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations. The 2017 awards received entries from 25 nations and territories.
Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented November 17, 2017, at a dinner event attended by more than 500 people at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
DT Callis Seafood on the Corrottoman River buys oysters from local watermen, boxes them for the half-shell business and packages shucked oysters in quart and gallon containers for clientele in restaurant and seafood businesses…