On the Economic Scene

2018

December 17, 2018
December 10, 2018
December 3, 2018
November 26, 2018
November 19, 2018
November 12, 2018
November 5, 2018
October 29, 2018
October 22, 2018
October 15, 2018
October 8, 2018
October 1, 2018
September 24, 2018
September 17, 2018
September 10, 2018
September 3, 2018
August 27, 2018
August 20, 2018

August 13, 2018
August 6, 2018
July 30, 2018
July 23, 2018
July 16, 2018
July 9, 2018
July 2, 2018
June 25, 2018
June 18, 2018
June 11, 2018
June 4, 2018

May 28, 2018
May 21, 2018
May 14, 2018
May 7, 2018
April 30, 2018
April 23, 2018
April 16, 2018
April 9, 2018
April 2, 2018
March 26, 2018
March 19, 2018

March 12, 2018
March 5, 2018
February 26, 2018
February 19, 2018
February 12, 2018
February 5, 2018
January 29, 2018
January 22, 2018
January 15, 2018
January 8, 2018
January 2, 2018

2017

December 26, 2017
December 18, 2017
December 11, 2017
December 4, 2017
November 27, 2017
November 20, 2017
November 13, 2017
November 6, 2017
October 30, 2017
October 23, 2017
October 16, 2017
October 9, 2017

October 2, 2017
September 25, 2017
September 18, 2017
September 4, 2017
August 28, 2017
August 21, 2017
August 14, 2017
August 7, 2017
July 31, 2017
July 24, 2017
July 17, 2017
July 10, 2017
July 3, 2017

June 26, 2017
June 19, 2017
June 12, 2017
June 5, 2017
May 29, 2017
May 22, 2017
May 15, 2017
May 8, 2017
May 1, 2017
April 24, 2017
April 17, 2017
April 10, 2017
April 3, 2017

March 27, 2017
March 20, 2017
March 13, 2017
March 6, 2017
February 27, 2017
February 20, 2017
February 13, 2017
February 6, 2017
January 30, 2017
January 23, 2017
January 16, 2017
January 9, 2017
January 2, 2017

2016

December 26, 2016
December 19, 2016
December 12, 2016
December 5, 2016
November 28, 2016
November 21, 2016
November 14, 2016
November 7, 2016
October 31, 2016
October 24, 2016
October 14, 2016
October 3, 2016

September 26, 2016
September 19, 2016
September 12, 2016
September 5, 2016
August 29, 2016
August 22, 2016
August 15, 2016
August 8, 2016
August 1, 2016
July 25, 2016
July 18, 2016
July 11, 2016
July 4, 2016

June 28, 2016
June 20, 2016
June 13, 2016
June 6, 2016
May 30, 2016
May 23, 2016
May 16, 2016
May 9, 2016
May 2, 2016
April 25, 2016
April 18, 2016
April 11, 2016
April 4, 2016

March 28, 2016
March 21, 2016
March 14, 2016
March 8, 2016
February 29, 2016
February 22, 2016
February 15, 2016
February 8, 2016
February 1, 2016
January 25, 2016
January 18, 2016
January 11, 2016
January 4, 2016

2015

December 28, 2015
December 21, 2015
December 14, 2015
December 7, 2015
November 30, 2015
November 23, 2015
November 16, 2015
November 9, 2015
November 2, 2015
October 26, 2015
October 19, 2015
October 12, 2015
October 5, 2015

September 28, 2015
September 21, 2015
September 14, 2015
September 7, 2015
August 31, 2015
August 24, 2015
August 17, 2015
August 10, 2015
August 3, 2015
July 27, 2015
July 20, 2015
July 13, 2015
July 6, 2015

June 29, 2015
June 22, 2015
June 15, 2015
June 8, 2015
June 1, 2015
May 25, 2015
May 18, 2015
May 11, 2015
May 4, 2015
April 27, 2015
April 20, 2015
April 13, 2015
April 6, 2015

March 30, 2015
March 23, 2015
March 16, 2015
March 9, 2015
March 2, 2015
February 23, 2015
February 16, 2015
February 9, 2015
February 2, 2015
January 26, 2014
January 19, 2015
January 12, 2015
January 5, 2015

December 17, 2018

TODAY'S WORKFORCE: SPECIAL GRADUATION ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE AT FLORIDABUSINESS.ORG The Volusia County Economic Development Division has released a Special Graduation Edition of Today's Workforce to showcase the occupational focus of nearly 12,000 students awarded certificates, credentials, diplomas or degrees by county educational institutions during the 2017/2018 school year. In addition to graduation data, readers will find articles describing the community's success in preparing students and incumbent workers with skills that meet today's evolving business needs. Learn more about Volusia County's graduates and the collaborative work being done by local training, education and business partners by reading the Special Graduation Issue at www.floridabusiness.org/economic-reports/local-partner-reports.stml.

GRANT TRAINING Stetson University and Grant Writing USA® will present a two-day grants workshop Jan. 24-25 in DeLand. Learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines; beginning and experienced grant writers are encouraged to attend. Multi-enrollment and returning alumni discounts are available. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment. Tuition is $455 and includes two days of instruction, workbook, and access to the workshop Alumni Forum that has tools, helpful discussions and many sample grant proposals. Seating is limited, and online reservations are necessary. Contact Tammy Pitts at 888-435-7281 or tammyp@grantwritingusa.com.

TSA PRECHECK COMING TO DAB The TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center will open Jan. 14-18.  The enrollment center will be in the baggage claim area on the first level of Daytona Beach International Airport. If you'd like to sign up but haven't registered yet, check available appointment times online. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Visit www.identogo.com/precheck.   

EXPORTING TO AFRICA Enterprise Florida will lead a delegation of Florida manufacturers and services providers to further trade relations between Florida and the gateway to sub-Saharan Africa, Morocco, from April 14 to 18. Morocco is the sixth largest economy in Africa and a top destination for foreign investment and trade. Enterprise Florida is collaborating with the U.S. Commercial Service in Casablanca to coordinate the mission and facilitate business-to-business meetings utilizing the U.S. Commercial Service’s Gold Key Service for the Florida participants. To learn more, contact Virgil Kimball at 386-248-8048 or Vkimball@volusia.org.  

THINKING OF STARTING A NEW BUSINESS IN 2019? If 2019 is the year to plan your new business, one easy first step is to consider using the free online business plan resources provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  A well thought out plan helps you to step back and think objectively about the key elements of your venture and informs your decision-making on a regular basis. You can complete each section of SBA's Business Plan Tool at your own pace and even connect with a local business counselor when your plan is completed. Get started now by registering for a new account at www.sba.gov/tools/business-plan/1.

EMPLOYMENT GAINS FOR VETS As reported, the ninth annual veterans survey from the Jacksonville-based Wounded Warriors Project shows those surveyed made a 40 percent employment gain between 2014 and 2018. More than 33,000 surveys were completed by veterans. Among those surveyed, the unemployment rate dropped from 20 percent in 2014 to 12 percent in 2018. Although it reflected a notable hiring improvement, 12 percent is still a significantly higher unemployment rate than among the general population. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida’s unemployment rate in October was 3.4 percent.

LOWEST SHARE OF HOUSEHOLD DEBT SINCE 1988 According to CoreLogic, household mortgage debt in the United States fell to 64.6 percent of total household debt in the third quarter of 2018, according to the latest Federal Reserve Financial Accounts data release. Mortgage debt now makes up the lowest share of household debt since the first quarter of 1988. In addition, from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018, the total number of mortgaged homes in negative equity decreased 3 percent to just under 2.5 million homes or 4.7 percent of all mortgaged properties. Negative equity peaked at 26 percent of mortgaged residential properties in the fourth quarter of 2009, based on the CoreLogic equity data analysis, which began in the third quarter of 2009. Visit https://tinyurl.com/y8t2xq9h to learn more. To access the Home Equity Report, see https://tinyurl.com/y9w5j6mu.

PUBLIC UNIVERSITY RESEARCH IN FLORIDA – As recently reported, Florida’s public universities rose from No. 5 to No. 4 in national research rankings and increased their research awards by 8 percent even as funding fell 5 percent nationwide. Florida’s rise in the research arena is seen as an economic boon for the state, with Florida’s universities turning $2.2 billion in research activity into a $6.6 billion economic impact. The National Academy of Inventors recently recognized five of Florida’s public universities as being in the Top 100 for producing utility patents, the most of any state, and for the second year in a row U.S. News & World Report named Florida the top state in the country for higher education. For more on that higher education ranking, visit https://tinyurl.com/hnvxq3j.

NEWS ITEMS WANTED! – Please send your business news items to Joanne Magley, Volusia County Information Director, at jmagley@volusia.org.