SBA PUBLISHES ARTICLES ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT REQUIREMENTS FOR SMALL BUSINESS -- The Small Business Administration (SBA) has published a series of articles that spell out what the Affordable Health Care Act means for the self employed; employers with less than 25 employees; employers with up to 50 employees; and employers with 50 or more employees. For information go to:

THE CHANGING FACE OF TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT -- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of workers employed through temp agencies has climbed to 2.87 million, a new high and 2 percent of the nation’s workforce.

DSC TO OFFER CERTIFIED PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN COURSE – Daytona State College (DSC) is offering the Florida TRADE Manufacturing Training Program, an 80-hour course on the core skills needed by production workers. The course also prepares participants to take the four Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Certified Production Technician certification examinations. The program will be October 6 - December 15. For information, contact Dean William Howe, Florida TRADE Program Advisor, at 386-506-3379 or by email

HUB ZONES HELP SMALL BUSINESSES GAIN PREFERENTIAL ACCESS TO BUSINESS -- The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program, with two zones in Volusia County, helps small businesses gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. To view a HUBZone video go to: or call Leigh Shapleigh at 386-248-8048.

SMALL BUSINESS CONGRESS IN PHOENIX -- The National Small Business Association (NSBA) will host the 2015 Small Business Congress in Phoenix February 19 - 20. The NSBA brings together small business leaders biannually to develop an agenda for small business. This event will be held as the 114th session of Congress kicks off and will provide attendees an opportunity to meet some of America’s most active small business leaders, discuss and debate key small business issues, and hear from policy insiders on the top issues facing America’s small businesses. For upcoming details go to:

FIRST-TIME HOMBUYERS TURN TO THE BANK OF MOM AND DAD -- Last year, 27 percent of first-time homebuyers received cash from relatives or friends for a down payment, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s up from 24 percent in 2012 and matches the highest since the group began keeping records in 2009. Fifty-four percent of first-time buyers in 2013 said their home purchases were hampered by the burden of student loans that prevented them from saving for a down payment.

CENSUS BUREAU OFFERS NEW ONLINE MAPPING RESOURCE -- Census Explorer’s Community Survey, an online mapping resource from the U.S. Census Bureau, allows users to choose from 11 statistic-laden demographic topics that include median household income, labor force participation and educational attainment for states, counties and census tracts. Census Explorer includes the American Community Survey five-year statistics (2008-2012), County Business Patterns statistics, and information from the 1990 and 2000 censuses. Go to:

STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES HEALTHIEST WEIGHT INITIATIVE -- The Florida Department of Health has launched the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative to help residents make informed choices about healthy eating and active living. The initiative includes several innovative programs and tools that include the Community Health Assessment Resource which provides demographic, behavioral and environmental measures for each county. For 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 >>>