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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rosalie at Score at 386-255-6889 or
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.