March 28, 2011
NOW 11TH LARGEST IN FLORIDA -- Based on preliminary reports from the
2010 census, the population of Volusia County in 2010 was 494,593. This
is an increase of 11.6 percent, or 51,250 people, since the 2000 census.
Of the 67 Florida counties, Volusia is ranked as the 11th most populous.
HEALTH CARE TAX CREDITS AVAILABLE TO SMALL BUSINESSES -- The
Affordable Care Act, the federal health reform legislation passed a year
ago, is giving small businesses important tools to help compete, create
jobs and drive economic growth by providing tax credits of up to 35
percent of employee premium costs. To obtain more information and to see
if your business qualifies, go to:
LOANS AVAILABLE TO FINANCE EXPORTS -- Small business exporters
can obtain loans to facilitate the export of goods or services. Ex-Im
Bank's Working Capital Guarantee enables small business exporters to
obtain loans to facilitate the export of goods or services including
converting export-related inventory and accounts receivable into cash,
and expanding access to financing at generous advance rates. For
additional information go to:
SCORE SEMINAR ON KEYS TO SUCCESS -- SCORE will present a free
seminar titled Sales and Marketing – Keys to Success. Marketing is
everything a business does to be successful. The seminar is April 21
from 6 to 8 p.m. at Daytona International Airport. Reservations are
required. Parking is free. To register go to:
score87.org or for more information
call SCORE at 386-255-6889.
WORKSHOP FOR PROSPECTIVE VENDORS TO VOLUSIA COUNTY -- Volusia
County's Purchasing and Contracts Division will have two workshops for
vendors who want to learn more about how to do business with the county.
The workshops will be in the first-floor training rooms of the Thomas C.
Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand, from 5:30 -
7:30 p.m. March 29, and from 9 - 11 a.m. March 30. County
representatives will demonstrate how to register as a vendor, submit
bids, proposals and quotes, and discuss state and local ordinances
relevant to working with the county. Staff also will explain the
information channels available to all vendors and answer questions. For
more information, contact the Volusia County Purchasing and Contracts
Division at 386-736-5935, ext. 2490.
THE USDA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a number of
business assistance programs including financing that are similar to
those the SBA offers. Parts of Volusia County are eligible for these
very broad programs. To see if your location is in a USDA-qualified
area, go to: tinyurl.com/usdabucks
and use the map or enter your address.
SEMINAR FOCUSES ON SAVING ENERGY AT HOME – The City of South
Daytona is offering a free seminar on saving energy and doing simple
things that can make a difference. The session will be April 7 at 10
a.m. at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road, South Daytona.
For more information, contact Greg Bartholomew at 386-322-3072.
FLORIDA ELECTRONIC LIBRARY ADDS BUSINESS RESOURCE -- The Florida
Electronic Library flelibrary.org
has added the Small Business Resource Center, an online resource for
business development and small business entrepreneurs. It provides a
one-stop source for key information needs including financing; financial
planning; business plan creation; market analysis; sales strategy, and
tax planning. A library card from any Florida library is needed to log
QUOTE OF THE WEEK – “Knowledge is flour, but wisdom is bread.”
Austin O’Malley, Keystones of Thought.
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