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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 to: tinyurl.com/ockogo8.

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 pleon@volusia.org.

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 phyllism@floridamep.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.

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 >>>

  Transportation
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 >>>

  Education
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 >>>