NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR FLORIDA COMPANIES TO WATCH AWARD -- Nominations for this year’s Florida Companies to Watch awards are being accepted. The awards are given by the GrowFL Program in the University of Central Florida’s Research and Commercialization group. Over the past three years, 150 Florida companies have been recognized. This year’s recognition event will be in October. To nominate a company go to: or to apply go to:

CAREER ACADEMY FOCUSES ON BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE – The Biomedical Science Academy at University High School offers a curriculum on heart disease, diabetes, sickle cell and other diseases. The academy offers a course on human body systems and medical interception where students learn how healing and modern medicine affect the body. For information contact Jessica Clayton, academy director, at

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS INVITED TO FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW -- Economic development partners are invited to participate in Enterprise Florida's inaugural Perfect Climate For Business Showcase at the 49th Farnborough International Airshow July 14-20 in London. The show is one of the world’s largest exhibitions and offers first class business opportunities for the global aerospace industry. The registration deadline is April 30. For information contact Paul Mitchell at 407-956-5639 or email

WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON EFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE METRICS – VMA’s Manufacturing Excellence Division is sponsoring a workshop on effective performance metrics. The workshop will cover how to track productivity; measure the cost of poor quality; ensure safety; meet customer demand; monitor inventory; and measure overall equipment effectiveness. The session will be April 22 from 7:45 a.m. - noon at the Pall Corporation, 1750 Filter Dr., DeLand. For information call Jayne Fifer at 386-673-0505 or email or Reservations must be made by April 21. No-shows will be billed.

COLLEGES CAN COMPETE IN BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION -- The Florida Venture Forum will host its 4th annual Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition to coincide with its 7th annual Early Stage Conference in Orlando. Participating universities are requested to submit their chosen student’s executive summary and eight-minute presentation to the Florida Venture Forum before April 25. Students will present on May 15 to a statewide panel of judges.

INTERNATIONAL BUYER PROGRAM OFFERS BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS MATCHMAKING -- The International Buyer Program (IBP) is a joint government/industry effort that brings thousands of international buyers to the United States for business-to-business matchmaking with U.S. firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows. Every year the IBP results in millions of dollars in new business for U.S. companies and increased international attendance for participating U.S. trade show organizers. The International Trade Administration is accepting applications for IBP select trade events taking place next year. The deadline for applying is May 19. For more information, go to:

WEBINAR FOR SMALL, DISADVANTAGED BUSINESSES --The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is presenting a webinar on how to prepare and submit an 8(a) business development application. The webinar will help small, disadvantaged businesses learn how to successfully apply for the 8(a) business development program, which is designed to help companies obtain and maintain an 8(a) certification and compete in the federal marketplace. This is the first in a series of webinars from April through August on the topic. The hour-long webinar will cover how the 8(a) program works; eligibility requirements for 8(a) certification; benefits of the program; and tips on completing an 8(a) application. 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 four Volusia County firms: NASCAR, Brown & Brown, International Speedway Corp., 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 >>>