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SCORE VOLUSIA/FLAGLER LEADERSHIP CHANGE – Roger Leverton, president of SCORE’s Volusia/Flagler Chapter for the last two years, has been promoted to director of SCORE’s North Central Florida District. The district has seven chapters including Volusia/Flagler, Jacksonville, Orlando and Gainesville. The local chapter received several national performance awards – it was third highest of 320 national chapters for overall performance and placed in the top 25 for growth of services. Community Relations Director Tom Hellman will succeed Leverton as president of the local chapter.

WINNING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS – A free, live 60-minute webinar, funded by Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity as part of a larger effort to boost Florida’s manufacturing industry, is being offered at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. Register at http://secorstrategies.com/webinar7/.

CAREER FAIR FOR MULTILINGUAL EMPLOYEES – A career fair Sept. 20 is dedicated to bilingual and multilingual candidates who wish to find a new career in the Central Florida region. It will be held at the CareerSource center, 846 Saxon Blvd., Orange City. Register at http://tinyurl.com/m4h3hfs, email viola@volusiachamber.org or call 386-626-4264.

FLORIDA COMPANIES TO WATCH – 2014 marks the fourth anniversary of Florida Companies to Watch, an award program that celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida. Applicants must employ between six and 99 full-time equivalent employees and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital. This year’s winners include QuantumFlo Inc., DeBary. Congratulations to President/CEO David Carrier and his team.

EXPORT DEVELOPMENT MISSION TO PANAMA – Enterprise Florida, the state’s lead economic development organization, will lead a mission to Panama City, Panama, Oct. 5 - 7. Panama has the second-fastest growing gross domestic product in the region. The expansion of the Panama Canal is expected to generate new opportunities for Florida businesses. For more information or to register, go to http://tinyurl.com/nmwucro.

NON-FORECLOSURE SOLUTIONS OUTPACE FORECLOSURES 4 TO 1 – About 421,000 homeowners nationwide used various non-foreclosure solutions from mortgage servicers in the second quarter of 2014, according to recently released Q2 2014 data from HOPE NOW, a private sector alliance of various players in the mortgage industry. The number of non-foreclosure solutions in Q2 was almost quadruple the number of foreclosure sales for the same period in Q1 (115,000). Foreclosures experienced a quarter-over-quarter decrease of 9 percent (down from 126,000 in Q1). The foreclosure total for Q2 was the lowest for any quarter since HOPE NOW began reporting foreclosure data in 2007.

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE – Volusia County Schools’ (VCS) Career and Technical Education group has provided 2013-14 Data Industry Certification statistics that show 2,008 VCS students earned an adult-level industry certification in 2013-14. More than 17 types of exams were administered in subjects such as Adobe Certified Associate, Autodesk, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, ServSafe, and Biotechnician Assistant. Also, 2012-13 Academy Progress Monitoring Data shows that VCS students in career academies have graduation rates of 94 percent versus 68 percent for non-academy students.

SBA OFFERS THREE NEW ONLINE SMALL BUSINESS TRAINING COURSES – Topics include Strategic Planning for Small Businesses, Savings Plans for Small Businesses, and Selling Your Business. For more information or to register, visit http://tinyurl.com/obzv8lp.

Surprising Volusia County

  Area profile
Volusia County is known worldwide for the irresistible surf and sand of Daytona Beach and for the equally popular events surrounding Bikeweek and the Daytona 500. Read more >>>

  Business overview
Florida Trend’s list of the 350 biggest companies in Florida includes five Volusia County firms: NASCAR, Brown & Brown, International Speedway Corp., Consolidated Tomoka Land Co.; and Halifax Media Group.  Read more >>>

  Transportation
With I-95 (which runs  through more states than any other interstate highway) as an anchor, Volusia County links the Atlantic states from Maine, all the way to Miami. Read more >>>

  Education
Post-secondary education: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College and the UCF Daytona Beach have a national reputation for excellence.  Read more >>>