FAQs

Let our experience help as you take the next step in growing your business. If the topics covered in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below touch on areas you need help with, then click on any question to reveal the response. If you need more information then follow the links and contacts provided.

  • SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  The local chapter serves the Volusia and Flagler Counties. SCORE Volusia/Flagler has developed a checklist that will take you through the steps of forming a business here in Volusia County. Download the Checklist form.
  • FLVEC – The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center is an online directory of resource agencies that serve entrepreneurs like you, organized for each stage of your business. It is a guiding hand for entrepreneurs. Learn more at flvec.com.

  • The Florida SBDC at Daytona State College is a member of the Florida SBDC Network (Small Business Development Center), a statewide service network that provides one-on-one business counseling. For information, e-mail sbdc@daytonastate.edu or contact James Deering, Manager, SBDC, at 386-506-4723.
  • SCORE Volusia/Flagler - Comprised of retired business professionals, this resource brings seasoned advice and assistance for all phases of the business cycle through one-on-one counseling and a variety of workshops in the area.  Learn more on https://volusiaflagler.score.org.
  • Just have a general question?  Contact Virgil Kimball, business specialist, Volusia County Division of Economic Development at 386-248-8048 or by e-mail at kimball@volusia.org

  • Loan guarantees - In addition to the traditional financing options, consider Small Business Administration and USDA loan guarantees. They facilitate financing by reducing the risk assumption incurred by the financing entity.  The Florida SBDC at Daytona State College is the State’s principal provider of business assistance. They can guide you and assist you through the SBA Loan process.  For information, e-mail sbdc@daytonastate.edu or contact James Deering, Manager, SBDC, at 386-506-4723.
  • Industrial Development Revenue Bond program - Administered by Volusia County’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA), the Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) program provides an alternative tax-exempt financing vehicle for manufacturers and qualifying 501c3 non-profits planning capital investment projects in Volusia County. To learn more contact Volusia County's Director of Economic Development.  More at https://www.volusia.org/government/special-districts/vcida.stml. 

  • Industrial Development Revenue Bond program - Administered by Volusia County’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA), the Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) program provides an alternative tax-exempt financing vehicle for manufacturers and qualifying 501c3 non-profits planning capital investment projects in Volusia County.  Download the guide and application.

  • The Sales and Use Tax Exemption on manufacturing machinery and equipment – is an incentive made available to new and expanding businesses that use such equipment at a fixed location to manufacture, process, compound, or produce tangible personal property for sale, or for exclusive use in spaceport activities (Section 212.08 (5) (b), Florida Statutes).  In 2016, the Florida Legislature passed the permanent sales tax exemption on manufacturing machinery and equipment, an act that was included in House Bill 7099 that focused on taxation.
  • Categories of businesses included in the exemption:
    • new manufacturers,
    • expanding manufacturers,
    • printing and publishing,
    • mining activities,
    • repair and labor charges, and
    • pollution control equipment.

Contact Virgil Kimball, business specialist, Volusia County Division of Economic Development at 386.248.8048 or by e-mail at vkimball@volusia.org for current qualification criteria.

  • CareerSource Flagler | Volusia offers personnel recruitment and hiring services, and training cost reimbursement programs.  You can place a job order, search the resume database, or perform a job match.  You can utilize their web site links to make informed workforce choices by staying current with local economic development issues, labor market information and state business laws. You can partner with CareerSource Flagler | Volusia to offset costs associated with training new employees and upgrading the skills of existing employees.  For information, visit careersourcefv.com.
  • The Center for Business and Industry at Daytona State College develops company-specific customized training programs.  Contact Frank Mercer at 386-506-4461, by e-mail at frank.mercer@DaytonaState.edu, or go to daytonastate.edu/cbi.  Programs are subject to funding availability. 

 

  • The Small Business Development Center (SBDC)–at Daytona State College provides one-on-one confidential counseling to businesses. For further details e-mail sbdc@daytonastate.edu or contact James Deering, manager, SBDC, at 386-506-4723.
  • SCORE Volusia/Flagler has over 25 volunteer counselors working out of branch offices in Palm Coast and Daytona Beach. Their counseling services and workshops are free. All discussions with clients and the information shared with them is totally confidential. For information visit https://volusiaflagler.score.org.
  • GrowFL – is focused on assisting second-stage growth companies in the State of Florida. Resources and support to second-stage companies is available as Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring.  GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity.  GrowFL has assisted more than 900 Florida companies and has recognized 300 successful entrepreneurs through the "Florida Companies to Watch" award program.  For a list of qualification criteria and further details contact Virgil Kimball, business retention specialist, Volusia County Division of Economic Development at 386-248-8048 or by e-mail at vkimball@volusia.org.

  • Volusia’s Best is a comprehensive skill development program, administered by Daytona State College’s Center for Business & Industry.  The program is for business leaders, utilizing 7 Keys designed to facilitate sustained growth based on best business practices in the following areas:  Systems, Engaged Employees, Relationship Building, Vision & Leadership, Information Technology, Capital Management and Exceed Expectations.  The program combines activity-based training, university research and one-on-one professional consulting to avoid common pitfalls and help achieve a high performance level for your company. Through grants, scholarships and funded resources, business owners receive proven, expert assistance at little or no cost to their company. See http://www.daytonachamber.com/Volusia-s-Best-6-100.html for more information.
  • CEO Xchange, a component of Vision & Leadership, is a roundtable group where participants share successes, challenges, best practices, goals, strategies, and other valuable insights through a unique confidential peer network. For a list of qualification criteria and further details contact Virgil Kimball, business retention specialist, Volusia County Division of Economic Development at 386-248-8048 or by e-mail at vkimball@volusia.org

  • The Division of Economic Development provides matching grants for up to $1,000 for the purchase of any International Gold Key package provided by the United States Department of Commerce through the U.S. Commercial Service.
  • The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increasing sales to new global markets.  The U.S. Commercial Service offers trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and the commercial diplomacy needed to connect with overseas business opportunities. In addition, they can develop trade finance and insurance strategies that align with a business owner's objectives. See www.export.gov
  • The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) is an independent U.S. federal agency that creates and maintains U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. The Bank provides a variety of programs for U.S. exporters, including working capital guarantees and export credit insurance; as well as programs to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services. Small business exporters can learn about how EXIM Bank products can help them increase foreign sales by visiting www.exim.gov.  For more information, contact Virgil Kimball, business retention specialist, Volusia County Division of Economic Development at 386-248-8048 or by e-mail at vkimball@volusia.org.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Export Working Capital Program (EWCP) provides advances for up to $5 million to fund export transactions from purchase order to collections. This loan has a low guaranty fee and quick processing time.  With an approved EWCP loan in place, you have greater flexibility in negotiating export payment terms. However, disbursements can only be made against firm purchase orders from a foreign buyer or to support foreign accounts receivable.  Contact your local lender to see if they are approved to underwrite EWCP loans. You can apply for EWCP loans before finalizing an export sale or contract.  Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center to learn more about the Export Working Capital Program and whether your business qualifies or visit https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/grow/export-import-products-trade-international.
  • The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network assists qualified new-to-export manufacturers and service providers with overseas growth strategies through the development of customized Export Marketing Plans. Provided in partnership with Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Services, the Export Marketing Plan includes a readiness assessment, industry and market analysis with target market recommendations, a review of overseas trade opportunities and an action plan that may include trade mission participation. The cost to prepare an Export Marketing plan is $4000, but qualifying companies are eligible for a $3500 scholarship making the cost to the company only $500. To learn more, visit https://sbdcdaytona.com/consulting/international-trade-services/.

  • Individual counseling is available to you through http://www.aptac-us.org, the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, which can connect you to a procurement specialist.  PTACs are part of the Procurement Technical Assistance Program, which is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency.  If you have questions, contact Virgil Kimball, business specialist, Volusia County Division of Economic Development at 386-248-8048 or by e-mail at vkimball@volusia.org

  • To register to do business as a vendor with Volusia County, click here.

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) assistance–is a program to assist women and minority-owned businesses. To determine eligibility as a minority vendor and become certified as a vendor in the State of Florida, click here.

  • Partners in Applied Research/Matching Grant Program–The Florida High Tech Corridor Council provides matching grants to companies interested in pursuing innovative research for product or technology development. For additional information, contact Virgil Kimball, business retention specialist, Volusia County Division of Economic Development at 386-248-8048 or by e-mail at vkimball@volusia.org

  • Small Business Innovative Research Grant Assistance (SBIR)–provides matching funds to support the drafting of qualifying research grants to federal agencies. Visit www.sbir.gov/about/about-sbir.
  • Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)–expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Visit www.sbir.gov/about/about-sttr.
  • Matching Grants Research Program–The Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC) provides matching grants to companies interested in pursuing innovative research for product or technology development. To learn more, visit www.research.usf.edu/rf/florida-high-tech-corridor.asp.

  • For business assistance, including top line revenue growth, labor, facility and product development, capital and financing, supply chain, logistics or other business topics contact Virgil Kimball, business retention specialist, Volusia County division of Economic Development at 386-248-8048 or by e-mail at vkimball@volusia.org. View an abbreviated list of resources.