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Each Center of Influence Features Related Events
The Daytona Regional Chamber E-Brief showcases the four centers comprising the mission-critical work of advocating a strong economic and business environment. The myriad events on our calendar likewise are categorized within these four centers. Be sure to check each section of the E-Brief to find events of interest to you. Thanks for reading and for your ongoing support of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Eggs & Issues Offers Preview of Proposed State Budget This Week
With the legislative session starting March 2, everyone should expect a frugal budget for FY 2021-22. While Florida’s economy has seen better than expected revenue over the past several months, the State revenues are down more than $2 billion from what was originally expected. While the legislature will be working from last year’s budget, two-thirds of that is recurring money leaving the House/Senate budget committees $32.5 billion to work with.

For the coming fiscal year, uncertainties remain regarding Medicaid roles, the number of students in classrooms, commercial real estate and tourism. One thing is for certain…budget cuts. But how will the legislature look to increase state coffers? From the Office of the Governor, Chris Spencer, Director of Policy and Budget, will speak on those options which include a new Seminole gaming compact and enforcing online sales tax collection.

The proposed budget from Governor Ron Desantis will set the tone for the debate that lies ahead. What are the Governor’s budget priorities? Find out at the next Eggs & Issues, Thursday, February 11.

This will be a hybrid event with an in-person audience limited to 50 socially-distanced attendees, and a virtual option that will allow participants to join the program via Zoom. In-person attendance is $17, virtual participation is $10 for Daytona Regional Chamber members. Non-members may take part for $35, whether in-person or virtual.
Volusia Days Will Advocate Business Issues Virtually in 2021
Due to limitations on in-person visitation at the Capitol in Tallahassee, the Daytona Regional Chamber's annual Volusia Days at the Capitol will take place via Microsoft Teams on March 16-17, hosted by Red sponsors Charter Spectrum, Daytona International Speedway, and Ghyabi & Associates.

This premier advocacy event will begin with a series of meetings with state agency leaders on the afternoon of March 16. Invited speakers include:
  • FDOT Secretary Kevin Thibault
  • Florida Housing Finance Corporation Executive Trey Price
  • Visit Florida President Dana Young
  • Florida Hospital Association CEO Mary Mayhew
  • Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, and others.

On the morning of March 17, our state legislative delegation will be the feature. Invited speakers include:
  • Senator Travis Hutson
  • Senator Jason Brodeur
  • Senator Tom Wright
  • Representative Elizabeth Fetterhoff
  • Representative Paul Renner
  • Representative Webster Barnaby, and
  • Representative Tom Leek.

Volusia Days is also made possible by White sponsors Florida Power & Light and Foundation Risk Partners as well as Blue sponsor AT&T.

Cost is $25 for Daytona Regional Chamber members, $50 Future members, which includes access to all meetings scheduled on both days. The schedule of speakers is subject to change based on committee meetings and other variables that may affect availability.
Chris Spencer, Director of Policy and Budget, Office of the Governor
Thursday, February 11 - HYBRID
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Halifax River Yacht Club - In-Person (Limited Capacity)
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.: Virtual via Zoom
Virtual via Microsoft Teams
March 16 - 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
March 17 - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Welcome These New Daytona Regional Chamber Members
Reach out and say hello to these new Daytona Regional Chamber members who are joining the effort to make the region a great place to do business.

Investing in membership demonstrates meaningful support for the mission of advocating a strong business and economic environment.

With the Daytona Regional Chamber serving as the voice for business, our members are able to leverage access, influence, and credibility.
Mission Member Spotlight:
Smith Bigman Brock
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 Sarah Metz, Partner with Smith Bigman Brock. While you are watching Mission Member Spotlight videos, be sure to subscribe to the Daytona Regional Chamber YouTube channel for more great content.
Maximize Your Membership This Week
This orientation is exclusive to new members and new recruits of existing members of the Daytona Regional Chamber. As a member, you have access to a variety of resources to position your business for success.

Maximize Your Membership is specially designed to help familiarize you with our organization and the four centers that make up the Daytona Regional Chamber. Take a guided virtual tour with our President & CEO, Nancy Keefer, as she shares with you all of the related areas that can help you to become more involved with the greater community in which we all do business together.

The program includes an opportunity to meet other community-minded business professionals just like you.
Business After Hours Returns to Responsible Normalcy
As 2021 Board Chair Len Marinaccio stated during the 101st Annual Meeting, responsible normalcy will be the theme for this year. The February Business After Hours will be among the first steps in that direction.

One Daytona, Rock Bottom Brewery, and 4Rivers Smokehouse will join forces to host 75 attendees in Victory Circle at One Daytona on Tuesday, February 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

6 “Better Than Surveys” Ways to Find Out What Your Customers Think
A few years ago, a trend hit—customizing your offerings to what your customers wanted. It involved surveying every part of their experience and shaping your business based on results. Customer-designed offerings kept a lot of businesses alive during COVID. The idea is a great one, give them what they want, make them feel important, and they’ll return. 

This premise was so widely adopted that we all became professional survey takers. Now every moment you spend with a business (online or in-person) is... READ MORE
Virtual via Zoom
Tuesday, February 9
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Victory Circle at One DAYTONA
Tuesday, February 16 - In-Person (Limited Capacity), Advanced Registration Required
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Advertise in the 80th Bike Week Official Pocket Guide
Don't miss your opportunity to reach visitors coming to the area for the 80th Bike Week by advertising in the Official Pocket Guide. Ad specs are noted below. The deadline to advertise is this Friday, February 12.

To place your ad or get more info, contact Janet Kersey.
FORE! Business Links Golf Tournament Slated for September 10
The Business Links Golf Tournament presented by Brown & Brown Insurance is scheduled for Friday, September 10, 2021.

Mark you calendars now for a fantastic day of fun and golf. This tournament is a great opportunity to network, entertain key clients, or reward top employees.

With par as your partner and a "no gimmicks" format, the Business Links Golf Tournament features a pace of play much quicker than most 4-person scramble events. Make plans to join us!
Business Links Golf Tournament presented by Brown & Brown
Friday, September 10
7:00 a.m. - Check-in
8:30 a.m. - Shotgun Start
Call for Auditions: Elevate Daytona Beach
The Leadership Daytona Alumni Council is seeking presenters for Elevate Daytona Beach presented by AdventHealth later this summer.

Auditions for this year's Elevate Daytona Beach will be held from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on the following dates:
April 22
May 6
May 20
June 3

A rough draft of your accompanying slide show must be submitted the Tuesday prior to your audition to the Elevate Daytona Beach email address.

All Elevate Daytona Beach presentations are five minutes in length consisting of 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Your presentation must follow this format. For more information on presenting, visit ElevateDaytonaBeach.com.
Applications Now Open for Leadership Daytona Class XLI
The 41st edition of Leadership Daytona will begin later this spring, and applications are available now to be part of Class XLI.

The program will begin with an opening session on Thursday, April 8, and will start in earnest on Friday, April 9.

The Leadership Daytona program is designed for our community’s active leaders. The three-month course features classes about current issues facilitated by high-level community leaders combining interactive situations and information into their presentations, and an MBA-style case study from the Daytona Regional Chamber Board Chair for the class to solve.
LDAC Virtual Morning Mingle
Open to Leadership Daytona Alumni
Tuesday, April 20 - via Zoom
8:00 a.m.
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