HURRICANE SEASON PREP: HAVE PHOTOS -- According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Hurricane Preparedness
and Resource Guide for Individuals and Families, homeowners should take photographs of their home and contents for insurance purposes.
In addition, boat owners should know where they might store a boat in the event of flooding. Now is also the time for homeowners to
make sure they know how to turn off electricity, gas and water if advised to do so. For information, go to: volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/index.stml.
CAREER SOURCE TO HOST INAUGURAL TRI-REGIONAL BUSINESS SUMMIT – The inaugural tri-regional business summit, presented by
CareerSource of Brevard, Central Florida and Flagler | Volusia, is a business-driven conference that will cover how to strategically
market, how to keep assets cyber-secure, and insight on the talents needed today for tomorrow. The session will be September 24 from 8
a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Port Canaveral. For information, go to: eventbrite.com/e/tri-regional-business-summit-tickets-7770412513.
FLORIDA’S ROADS HIGHLY RANKED -- Florida ranks near the top in nearly every measure of road transportation. Just 4 percent
of the state’s roads are in disrepair, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. The quality of Florida’s roads means
drivers pay about $181 less per year to maintain their vehicles than motorists in any other state. Part of what sets Florida apart, is
that it has a system of tolls, user fees and taxes that ensures infrastructure funding keeps flowing. For information, go
SBA WEBSITE OFFERS BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN INFO – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has partnered with Agility
to offer business continuity strategies on its website, preparemybusiness.org. The site offers past webinars, additional preparedness
tips, and registration information on Start Building Your Disaster Recovery Plan Today, an online webinar that will be followed by
questions and answers. The webinar is August 5 from 2 - 3 p.m. Go to: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/445589536.
WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES GOING STRONG -- About 40 percent of women surveyed started their businesses within the last five
years, and nearly 70 percent expect their revenue to increase this year, according to Bank of America’s 2014 Small Business Owner
Report. Fifty six percent of women plan to hire more employees this year, and 68 percent of women expect their business to continue
growing over the next five years. For the report, go to: tinyurl.com/of8zv28.
WAREHOUSE GOODS TO DOMINATE VOLUSIA FREIGHT TONNAGE -- According to a report by the Florida Department of Transportation,
6.3 million tons (81 percent) of Volusia County’s inbound, outbound and intra-county freight is comprised of nonmetallic minerals,
warehouse and distribution goods, and clay, concrete, glass, and stone products. Of these, warehouse and distribution goods are
expected to increase 71 - 119 percent by 2040 to become the top commodity moving into, out of and within Volusia County. For
information, call Pedro Leon at Volusia County Economic Development at 386-248-8048 or e-mail email@example.com.
GRANTS FOR BUSINESS IMPROVEMENTS -- Grants are available to businesses at least a year old for such things as a lean
assessment or lean workshop, an ISO gap analysis, value stream mapping, or Kaizen (continuous improvement program) incumbent worker
training. For eligibility, contact Phyllis Morese, Florida MEP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SBA LAUNCHES SUPPLIERPAY PROGRAM -- SupplierPay is a new project supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
that gives entrepreneurs access to affordable, consistent working capital. It’s based upon paying them on time and keeping interest
rates low, so they can invest in new equipment, products and people. Twenty-six major corporations have pledged to shorten payment
times or provide other creative financing solutions, so their small business suppliers have the confidence to hire more workers and
expand operations. For information, go to: tinyurl.com/ptrmfh3.