VOLUSIA COUNTY TO HOST QUARTERLY ECONOMIC BRIEFING – Volusia County Economic Development’s next quarterly briefing on the Volusia economy will be November 7 in the Volusia Room on the second floor of Daytona Beach International Airport. The briefing will cover data from the third quarter of 2014. The guest speaker will be Joie Chitwood III, president, Daytona International Speedway. Seating is limited. For reservations call 386-248-8048.

ENTERPRISE FLORIDA LEADING DELEGATION TO ARAB HEALTH 2015 – Enterprise Florida will be represented at the Arab Health 2015 trade show January 26 - 29 in Dubai. With more than 3,900 exhibitors in 2014, this show attracted 112,103 visitors from 64 countries, including medical staff, hospital management, and distributors. The Middle East healthcare industry is estimated to be over $44 billion per year, with an annual growth rate of 11 percent. To learn how companies can participate, call Leigh Shapleigh at Volusia County Economic Development at 386-248-8048.

DAYTONA STATE TO OFFER EMERGING LEADER CLASSES -- The Daytona State College Center for Business and Industry is offering eight half-day modules on effective leadership, better decision making, talent development, coaching, change management, and strategy formulation. The course schedule is November 11, 18 and 25, and December 5 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For information and to register email or call 386-506-4224.

SEARCH FOR ROAD PROJECT INFO ONLINE -- Planned road improvements in Volusia County can be viewed using the interactive project map web site at Projects can be searched by location, description, and funding status over the next five fiscal years based on the Transportation Improvement Program.

SCORE TO PRESENT VIDEO MARKETING SEMINAR – The local SCORE chapter is presenting a seminar on video marketing. The workshop is for anyone thinking about starting a business or someone who is in business and wants to improve their marketing. The workshop will cover the skills to create videos to post on social media websites. The workshop is November 13 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Daytona State College. To register call 386-255-6889 or go to:

FLORIDA TOPS FOR FOREIGN HOMEBUYERS -- Florida Trend reports that Florida is the top destination for foreign homebuyers with 23 percent of all sales of U.S. homes to foreign buyers. These buyers are coming from Canada (34 percent); Europe (28 percent); Latin America (26 percent); Asia/Oceania (8 percent); and the Middle East (3 percent).

WORKSHOP TO COVER HOW TO START A BUSINESS – The local SCORE chapter and the Small Business Development Center at Daytona State College are sponsoring a seminar on how to start a business. This workshop is for new entrepreneurs or those considering starting a small business. The session will be October 30 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Daytona State College. To register call 386-255-6889 or go to:

FLORIDA AD CAMPAIGN RECEIVES AWARD -- The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has awarded Enterprise Florida an Excellence in Economic Development Silver Award for the state’s first-ever unified business marketing campaign called Florida -- the perfect climate for business. The campaign won in the category of best paid ad campaign for communities with populations greater than 500,000. The entry was judged on creativity and effectiveness of the campaign and its contribution to the economic development profession. For information on the awards competition go to:

COUNTY LIBRARIES OFFER WEALTH OF BUSINESS RESOURCES -- Volusia County Public Library’s website provides access to online research and reference databases for entrepreneurs, small businesses, researchers and job seekers. For example, ReferenceUSA offers real-time access to information on more than 20 million businesses and 222 million consumers. All that’s needed is a Volusia County library card. For more information, go to:

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 >>>

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 >>>

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 >>>