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As part of our overall mission, we provide assistance at no cost to businesses with the desire and potential for growth in Volusia County.  The Division of Economic Development can help start-ups, second stage or maturing businesses directly or refer owners to other qualified organizations. Volusia County’s Division of Economic Development and our partners are here to guide and support your efforts throughout all phases of your business growth.

Our staff is ready to assist entrepreneurs with:

  • Business plan development
  • Development of mailing lists to targeted industries
  • Demographic and radial analysis for specified locations/industries
  • Applications to the UCF Business Incubator when appropriate
  • Startup Quest eight week program through CareerSource
  • Economic gardening resources such as CEO roundtable opportunities and strategic research services
  • Development of brochures and other literature
  • and much more!

As your company matures, we can assist with: 

  • Site selection for your growing business
  • Workforce training programs and grants
  • Development of new technology through Federal programs in conjunction with and utilizing the experience of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Florida High Tech Corridor (SBIR/STTR)
  • Exploration of foreign trade, both in exporting and providing leads in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce and Enterprise Florida (Gold Key Program)
  • Free business listings/descriptions for all county manufacturing companies including their products/services, E-mail, web links and contact information online on floridabusiness.org
  • Quarterly meetings to share economic statistical data and to provide networking opportunities
  • An online library of materials including employment information, area workforce reports, city demographics and much more at floridabusiness.org
  • FAX subscriptions to a weekly business update – On the Economic Scene – and free subscription to the Economic Development Quarterly digital publication
  • Industrial Revenue Bond tax financing for new construction, expansion and/or equipment
  • Assistance with government procurement
  • Demographic and radial analysis for specified locations/industries
  • Guidance and support for state funded incentives for job creation and infrastructure development for qualified projects.

Rob Ehrhardt
Economic Development Director
rehrhardt@volusia.org

Sally Sprague
Executive Assistant
ssprague@volusia.org

Pedro Leon
Business Manager, Business Assistance
pleon@volusia.org

Virgil Kimball
Business Specialist
vkimball@volusia.org

Robbin Sebra
Staff Assistant
rsebra@volusia.org

Offices located in the Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB)
700 Catalina Drive, Suite 200, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
386.248.8048 · 800.554.3801