May 14, 2012
SEEKS BUILDING -- A Volusia manufacturer is seeking a
30,000-square-foot facility for immediate purchase. The needed building
features include air conditioning, a location between DeLand and DeBary/Deltona,
minimum ceiling height of 12 feet, and a clean room of 1,000 square feet
(desired). Please call John Kizer at 386/248-8048 if you own or
represent a facility meeting these requirements.
EDUCATION A GOOD INVESTMENT -- The not-for-profit College Board has
calculated (based on 2008 data) that a student who enters a four-year
public college at age 18 and borrows his way through will earn enough by
age 33 to make up for the costs including lost wages and loan interest.
SmartMoney magazine has calculated that for students graduating on-time
the return would be between 5 - 6 percent a year.
GARDENING PROGRAM CAN TAKE COMPANIES TO THE NEXT LEVEL -- It is not
unusual for an entrepreneur to juggle numerous responsibilities
including management, marketing, accounting and information technology.
Though being busy comes with the territory, it is imperative
entrepreneurs make time for training and education. If you need to
develop your management team, identify new markets, and understand the
competition, the county’s Economic Gardening Program can help take your
business to the next level -- at no charge. For information call Paul
Mitchell at Volusia County Economic Development at 386-248-8048 or email
MANUFACTURERS EXPANDING – As the jobs picture in Volusia County
slowly improves, some local manufacturers are expanding. Teledyne Oil &
Gas broke ground May 8 on a 50,000-square-foot global research and
development center that is estimated to provide 100 jobs. Ark
Technologies has completed a manufacturing building and is installing
machining equipment for parts for Honda, Nissan, and Toyota automobiles.
Ark is projected to hire about 45 employees and will open within the
next month. Both companies are in Daytona Beach. Sen Pack, a robotic
equipment manufacturer, has opened a 65,000-square-foot plant in the
DeLand Crossings Industrial Park and is hiring. AO Precision has
purchased and demolished the property east of its plant in Daytona Beach
which will enable the company to double its manufacturing area.
REFINANCING PROGRAM CAN FUND WORKING CAPITAL -- The 504 Loan
Refinancing Program allows small businesses to refinance debt and use
excess equity to obtain capital to finance eligible business expenses.
Ending in September, the program is intended to aid small businesses
that are expected to have their existing loans mature. For information
go to: tinyurl.com/cbgdd78.
LEADING FLORIDA EXPORT – According to Florida’s Bureau of Economic
and Business Research, industrial machinery and electrical machinery
topped the list of 50 export categories in total value. Their combined
Florida-origin products export trade value of $19.8 billion comprises
just under 26 percent of the state total of $55.2 billion. These two
categories are followed in the top five by precious stones/metals,
aircraft/spacecraft, and optical/medical Instruments.
DSC CAN HELP
COMPANIES LEARN HOW TO SELL TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES – The Small
Business Development Center at Daytona State College can provide
assistance on how to register to do business with federal, state, and
local government agencies. For information contact: John Kizer at
Volusia County Economic Development at 386-248-8048 or email:
QUOTE OF THE
WEEK – “I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success
through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that for you to
gain those you deal with should gain as well.” -- Alan Greenspan
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