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DAYTONA BEACH AIRPORT PASSENGER TRAFFIC DECREASES 8 PERCENT IN OCTOBER -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport decreased 8 percent during October in comparison with October last year. During October, 47,075 incoming and outgoing passengers traveled through the county-operated airport. This compares with 50,930 passengers in October, 2013. For the past 12 months, 628,240 travelers have flown in and out of the airport, a 4 percent increase compared to the previous 12 months. The traffic decline in October is the result of fewer available seats.

LET’S TALK TURKEY -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts wholesale prices for turkeys will be between $1.12 and $1.16 per pound this year, compared with $1.05 per pound last year. Food inflation in the U.S. has averaged about 2.5 percent, but in 2013, retail food prices were only 1 percent higher than the previous year. Turkey prices this year are driven by higher feed costs following the 2012 drought.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29 -- Small Business Saturday, November 29, is a campaign to encourage holiday consumers to shop local, independently-owned small businesses. Small Business Saturday was originated by American Express in 2010 and small business groups.

FLORIDA TAX CLIMATE FIFTH IN U.S. -- Florida's business tax climate is ranked as fifth best in the nation on the 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index, a report that compares taxes across states. Florida's ranking is largely due to not having a personal income tax. The 10 top states are Wyoming, South Dakota, Nevada, Alaska, Florida, Montana, New Hampshire, Indiana, Utah and Texas. Go to: floridatrend.com/public/userfiles/news/pdfs/Nov14BudgetWatchFINAL.pdf.

ECONOMIC CONFIDENCE CLIMBS -- Economic confidence in the United States has climbed to the highest level since June 2013, according to a Gallup survey. The confidence index is the average of the public’s views of current economic conditions. For the survey go to: gallup.com/poll/179297/economic-confidence-index-climbs.aspx.

TAPESTRY MAPPING SYSTEM UPDATED -- Mapping company ESRI has updated its Tapestry Segmentation system. The new edition combines census and marketing data to create a searchable map of the U.S. that allows users to parse by zip code. Go to: esri.com/data/esri_data/ziptapestry.

WEBINAR ON POWER OF DIRECT MAIL – According to a study by Exact Target magazine, 65 percent of consumers have made a purchase as the result of a direct mail piece. The Small Business Administration and the U.S. Postal Service will present a free webinar on direct mail December 4 at 3 p.m. To register go to: tinyurl.com/nv8m8ty.

SALES, MARKETING WORKSHOP – Daytona State College will host a workshop on the five components of an effective marketing plan; 10 marketing techniques; tips for increasing sales; and social media marketing. The workshop will be December 4 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Daytona State College. For information contact Tracy Martin at 386-506-4723 or email martinr@daytonastate.edu or call Rosalie at Score at 386-255-6889 or email info@score87.org.

FREE COFFEE, NETWORKING EVERY WEDNESDAY – 1 Million Cups is a national event designed to engage, educate and accelerate local business startups by connecting entrepreneurs over coffee. The Small Business Development Center at Daytona State College is participating in this event by offering free coffee and networking every Wednesday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Sweet Marlays' Coffee in downtown Daytona Beach.

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 >>>