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03.29.21
Daytona Regional Chamber Discontinues Involvement with Evolve
After five years of producing and distributing the Daytona Regional Chamber’s brand magazine, Evolve, in partnership with Touchpoint Innovative Solutions, the Chamber has decided to disband its partnership and involvement with the magazine effective March 31, 2021.

“We have been a proud contributor to the magazine that was launched to showcase the Daytona Beach region as a diverse and evolving community” stated Chamber President & CEO, Nancy Keefer.  

“At this time, we have chosen to spend our staff time and resources on other priority issues including our EDI initiatives, advocacy work and expanded partnerships with area schools along with many of our key program and event offerings that help us serve our membership and community”, noted Len Marinaccio, Chairman of the Board.
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Mission Member Spotlight:
Hard Rock Hotel-Daytona Beach
Mission Members are business and community leaders who believe strongly in the work of the Daytona Regional Chamber and go over and above in their support of our mission.

The Mission Member Spotlight is an opportunity to learn more about these businesses and why their investment in the community is so important to them.

This Mission Member Spotlight features Kathy Masterson, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hard Rock Hotel-Daytona Beach. While you are watching Mission Member Spotlight videos, be sure to subscribe to the Daytona Regional Chamber YouTube channel for more great content.
2021 Daytona Regional Chamber Mission Members
Applications Open for Daytona Business United Program
Applications are now being accepted for the Daytona Business United program, a component of the Daytona Regional Chamber's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiative.

The program's goal is to provide opportunity to minority small businesses to grow through membership, education, mentorship and relationship building by participating in a comprehensive and custom scholarship program. For more information on Daytona Business United, click the image below.
Joint Business After Hours Features Jeep Beach®
Connect with other professionals, and grow your circle of influence! Join the Daytona Regional Chamber and Holly Hill Chamber for a Joint Business after Hours Luau Style with Jeep Beach® on April 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a networking experience. Pre-registration is required! Admission is $10 for Daytona Regional Chamber members and $35 for future members.

Enhance your personal and professional network in a relaxed environment by joining other busy professionals after hours. Held monthly at Chamber Member business locations, these social gatherings are focused on connecting members with each other. Local businesses open their doors to these sponsored events which feature networking, food, drinks, and prizes. Bring plenty of business cards and come ready to have fun!

Interested in hosting a Business After Hours? Daytona Chamber members email Shanna ColeyHughes, Program Manager, or call (386) 523-3672.
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Sustain the Pivot - Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference
Held May 18-19, 2021, the Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference is a world-class learning and networking opportunity for Florida’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Presented by the Florida SBDC Network and the office of Senator Marco Rubio, this engaging conference will provide attendees critical resources to #SustainThePivot most have endured due to the global pandemic.

During this multi-day event, you’ll experience inspiring presentations with impactful tips that can be implemented into your business quickly and affordably resulting in a high return on investment. There is no cost and the conference is open to the public, but you must register.
Subscribe to the Daytona Regional Chamber YouTube Channel
One of the results of converting many events to a virtual format during COVID-19 is the ability to share recordings of the programs after the fact.

Much of the content can be found on the Daytona Regional Chamber's YouTube Channel, including Volusia Days, Eggs & Issues, Mission Member Spotlights, and much more.

Subscribe today to receive updates when new content is made available.
UPCOMING EVENTS - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY AWARENESS
Tuesday, April 20 - In-Person (Limited Capacity), Advanced Registration Required
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Daytona Beach Selects New City Manager
Deric Feacher is the selection for the role of City Manager for the City of Daytona Beach after being chosen from among five finalists. The final step is approval of an employment contract.

Feacher brings 20 years of experience to the position, most recently serving in the same position for Haines City, FL.

A graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, Feacher also completed Harvard University’s senior executive in state and local government executive education program.
Richmond Joins Daytona Regional Chamber Team
Shawn Richmond is the new Advocacy Communicator for the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce. With nearly a decade of advocacy, stakeholder and government relations experience, Shawn will assist the Daytona Regional Chamber and its members with communicating the needs of business to elected officials and agency leaders at the local, state, and federal levels.

To learn more about Shawn, check out his introduction in the upcoming edition of Inside Volusia Business.
Daytona Regional Chamber Urges an Intact Sadowski Fund
The Daytona Regional Chamber has long supported full use of the Sadowski Trust Fund for affordable housing. Governor Ron DeSantis has supported that Sadowski funds be used for their intended purpose this year as well as last year.

While revenue sources for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation generate approximately $300 million each year on average, state housing funds have only averaged approximately $160 million annually over the last five years.

The need for workforce housing in Volusia County and statewide is great so we support keeping the Sadowski funds intact. 
Eggs & Issues Highlights Economic Impact of Airport
The Daytona Beach International Airport (DBIA) impacts the local economy in many ways and is in the midst of a few exciting changes.

With new flights to Dallas and Philadelphia, a $14 million renovation of the airport terminal and new Federal Aviation Administration funding to "keep airports in reliable, safe operation” this Eggs & Issues program will bring provide you with the insights on these and more changes.

Meet the new Airport Director Karen Feaster who will provide an update of the overall activities and changes happening at DBIA including updated flight schedules, capital projects, new tenants, and other great news.

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UPCOMING EVENTS - ADVOCACY & ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
Hybrid Event
April 8
In-Person (limited capacity) - 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Virtual (via Zoom) - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. (Note: join meeting at 7:55 a.m.)
Bosses for Babies Live Talks Early Childhood Education Impact
The connection between business and early childhood education may not be an obvious one aside from current parents in the workforce. But the FL 2030 Blueprint produced by the Florida Chamber of Commerce highlights having all children ready for kindergarten as a key strategy to securing the state's economic future.

Bosses for Babies Live is a series produced by the Children's Movement of Florida. This Tuesday, March 30 at 12:30 p.m., the featured guest will be John "JB" Birney, 2021 Chair of the Board for the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia.

Birney will speak with Children's Movement president Madeleine Thakur about how he has led the way for literacy in Flagler Beach.

Bosses for Babies is an initiative that brings together business champions for early childhood, highlighting the many ways companies can make an impact and inspiring others to take action. These Bosses understand that investing in young children and families is an investment both in their bottom line and in community prosperity. 
UPCOMING EVENTS - WORKFORCE & INNOVATION
Open to Leadership Daytona Alumni
Tuesday, April 20 - via Zoom
8:00 a.m.
Limited Tickets Remain to Win this Official Bike Week Motorcycle
Although Bike Week has ended, you can still win the 80th Official Bike Week motorcycle with the logo emblazoned on this very special Harley-Davidson® customized to the hilt.

This year's bike is a customized 2021 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic 114. We are proud to announce that Daytona Harley-Davidson is our partner in the Official Bike Week Motorcycle Drawing. Their creative team has added a custom painted logo, amazing pinstriping, and new saddlebags.

Only 4500 tickets available, so the odds of winning are great! Buy two tickets, get the third free! Your odds of winning just got better! Click here to learn how to enter.

The drawing will take place on Facebook Live, Friday, April 30 at 12 noon on the Official Bike Week Facebook page.
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