March 23, 2009
PROGRESS ENERGY LOWERS BILLS – Progress Energy Florida received
approval from the Florida Public Service Commission to decrease 2009
customer bills by $15.08 per month per 1,000 kilowatt-hours for
residential customers starting with the first April billing cycle.
Industrial customer rates will decrease on average by 11 to 13 percent.
The 2009 price reduction includes a revised fuel forecast and a deferral
of a portion of this year's nuclear pre-construction charges for the
Levy nuclear plant.
DISCOUNT DRUGS – The Florida Discount Drug Card Program is
designed to lower the cost of prescriptions for Florida residents who
have no drug insurance coverage. You may qualify if you are age 60 and
older or if you are under age 60 with a qualifying income. For more
information regarding the Florida Discount Drug Card, please call (866)
info@FloridaDiscountDrugCard.com or go to
www.floridadiscountdrugcard.com. TTY Users may call (866) 763-9630.
BEHIND THE BANKING CURTAIN – The Volusia Manufacturers
Association is hosting a panel of our local bankers Thursday, March 26,
in the Volusia Room at the Daytona Beach International Airport.
Networking starts at 5:30 p.m. The program, which follows dinner, will
comprise executives from six of our local banks who will give the inside
scoop on answers to banking questions. For more information and/or
reservations, call Jayne Fifer at (386) 673-0505 or e-mail
by noon Wednesday, March 25.
BUSINESS INCENTIVES – Did you know that 49 percent of the
Qualified Targeted Industry Incentives go to existing, expanding
businesses? The state and Volusia County program provides
performance-based tax refunds to qualifying companies. Most think this
incentive program is only for new-to-Florida businesses, but it applies
to all new-to-Florida jobs. If your plans include adding more than 10
employees, call Paul Mitchell at the Volusia County Division of Economic Development at (386) 248-8048 to see if you qualify.
SUSTAINABILITY: HOW IT AFFECTS OUR FUTURE – A panel of community
leaders will be discussing the subject of sustainability and how it
affects our education, environment and a “green” economy at 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 26, at Stetson University in DeLand. Free to the public,
this educational forum is sponsored by the Government Affairs Committee
of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, go to
www.DeLandChamber.org or call
REJUVENATING FLORIDA – Some recent reports indicate Florida's
economy is losing its luster, that the state no longer has the
foot-on-the-accelerator growth it once had, and that people outside the
Sunshine State possibly “just aren't into Florida” anymore. The Florida
Chamber of Commerce recently assessed the state's future and its growth
outlook. Members came up with six pillars, or "drivers,” they say are
key to the state's economic future during the next two decades. The
pillars are talent, innovation, infrastructure, business climate,
governance and quality of life. Economic leaders believe those pillars,
if successfully nurtured, will help create a globally competitive state
with vibrant communities and high-paying jobs.
SCAM ALERT – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has
issued a scam alert to small businesses, warning them not to respond to
letters falsely claiming to have been sent by the SBA asking for bank
account information in order to qualify them for federal tax rebates.
The fraudulent letters were sent out with what appears to be an SBA
letterhead to small businesses across the country, advising recipients
that they may be eligible for a tax rebate under the Economic Stimulus
Act. The letter asks the small business to provide the name of its bank
and account number. These letters have not been sent by or authorized by
the SBA, and all small businesses are strongly advised not to respond to
NEWS ITEMS WANTED! – Please send your business news items to Dave
Byron, Volusia County Community Information Director, 123 W. Indiana
Ave., DeLand, 32720-4612, by fax at (386) 822-5072 or by e-mail at
Division of Economic Development
700 Catalina Drive, Suite 200,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
FAX: 386 238-4761 Toll Free: 800-554-3801