Lou Paris Named Volusia County Economic Development Director

The Volusia County Council gave seven thumbs up to Lou Paris during its Feb. 20 meeting, approving him as the county’s new director of economic development. “I’m deeply impressed with Lou’s professional experience and accomplishments leading business and economic development activities in Florida,” County Manager George Recktenwald told County Council members. “He brings strong talent […]Read More

Volusia County Economic Development Fourth Quarter “Q” Report Available

Presenting pertinent and timely information about the local and regional economy is a core service of Volusia County Economic Development. This information comes in many forms, including the “Q” quarterly economic update report, which contains valuable key performance metrics (KPIs) on the health of the Volusia County community. Each quarter, these reports are highlighted during […]Read More

Economic Development – Supporting Transformative Change

Economic progress thrives on teamwork, necessitating the engagement of diverse stakeholders to execute successful projects and fulfill a community’s long-term growth vision. Yet, the journey of business ownership is often complex, with entrepreneurs facing challenges in navigating local, state, and governmental guidelines. Many require assistance in securing ideal real estate, adhering to regulatory frameworks, sourcing […]Read More

How Does Your Business Size Up?

What if you had a tool that could provide comprehensive business intelligence and market analysis designed to help your business? SizeUp is a robust business analytics tool developed to support small and medium-sized business owners, in a variety of stages, make strategic decisions to grow their business. SizeUp includes information on thousands of industries. To […]Read More

Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 198 – User-friendly Resources that Favor

Exports are a central part of America’s economic growth. According the Small Business Administration (SBA), 97% of all exporters are small businesses and more than two-thirds of exporters have fewer than 20 employees. Every day more small businesses are joining mega-companies by entering into the global market buying offshore suppliers and selling products directly to […]Read More

Volusia County Economic Development Launches WorkLocal Talent Recruitment Platform

Volusia County’s Division of Economic Development, in conjunction with CareerSource Flagler Volusia, is launching a revolutionary new workforce system resource that will reshape the local employment landscape by objectively connecting qualified talent with available job openings. WorkLocal, a new career advancement platform and mobile app, is designed for candidates to share their unique career goals […]Read More

Volusia County Council Issues Small Business Saturday Proclamation

The holiday season is in full swing, and Saturday, Nov. 25, was the day dedicated to encouraging consumers to shop and support small businesses. Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by the Small Business Administration since 2011, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of small businesses’ busiest shopping season. To […]Read More

Limitless Aeronautics wins 2023 Volusia County Innovation Challenge

Six student-led companies presented their business concepts and plans to a panel of judges at the 2023 Volusia County Innovation Challenge pitch competition on Nov. 15. Previously known as the Cairns Foundation Innovation Challenge, this annual event brings entrepreneurs from Volusia County colleges and universities together to compete for $20,000 in cash and prizes for […]Read More

West Volusia Chamber Facilitates Strong Relationships Across Seven Cities Region

The West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce is a vital organization representing a diverse range of community business owners who understand the importance of building strong relationships and loyalty. The Chambers’ rich history began with the merger of two organizations in 2010 that aimed to provide better representation in Deltona, DeBary, and Orange City. Over […]Read More

Third Quarter “Q” Report Now Available

Presenting pertinent and timely information about the local and regional economy is a core service of Volusia County Economic Development. This information comes in many forms, including the “Q” quarterly economic update report, which contains valuable metrics on the health of the Volusia County community. Each quarter, these reports are highlighted during VCED’s quarterly “Q” […]Read More