From The Editor

Welcome to the August issue of EVOLVE Magazine. Let me begin by thanking the Editorial Advisory Committee who have remained true to our goal of shining a light on the leaders and businesses–big and small–who make a difference in our community every day.

Toward the end of last year, the Committee chose ‘Health and Wellness’ for our August theme. The wellness industry is big business–estimated to grow to a $66 billion dollar industry in the U.S. by 2022. But with the COVID-19 pandemic as our backdrop, the theme takes on a deeper meaning as health and wellness, in some form or fashion, is ever present in the news today. Our goal with this issue, and all of our issues, is to explore the theme with a different lens while providing content you will find relevant.

In the article Mental Health in the Workplace, we examine mental healthcare options in our community, spotlighting the Open Doors Counseling Network. With the uncertainty of this current moment, anxiety and depression may become our next major health crisis. Open Doors innovative model of care offers a sliding scale, fee based option to ensure those who need mental health support can get it.

In Love What You Do: Volusia Health Experts Share Their Secrets to Success, we interview three business owners whose personal passion for their craft and a desire to help people live fuller more productive lives, is enriching the lives of their clients and our community.

In Future Foods Holds Future Promise for Ormond Beach, you will learn about the plant-based food market and the Ormond Beach based manufacturer, Future Foods–why they chose to establish themselves in the area and their plans for the future.

Robert Chamberlain, Chairman and CEO of Applied Health Analytics, makes the case that data should drive the way to better employee health in The Road Ahead; and in Staying Well in Your Workspace, you will find tips for staying well in your home office and thoughts on the future of office spaces.

To provoke some self-thought and exploration, read Emotional Intelligence: How Self-Awareness Impacts Decision-Making.

Finally, a “healthy” balance sheet is vital to any business. In Federal Pandemic Help, a ‘Lifeline’ to Local Business, Bruce Page, CEO of Intracoastal Bank shares his perspective on the importance of contingency planning when it comes to keeping a business healthy and Helga Van Eckert, Volusia County’s economic development director, talks about funding the County and its partners are providing to aid small businesses during this economic crisis.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. We appreciate your support of EVOLVE and with your continued readership, we will continue our efforts to provide you with content that is informative, inspirational, interesting, and relevant by shining a light on positive business stories in our great region. Please share this issue with as many people as you can; it just may be the catalyst to more great things.

John Guthrie Editor, EVOLVE