E-BRIEF
presented by Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
02.01.21
Centers of Influence Inspire New Look for E-Brief
The Daytona Regional Chamber E-Brief features a new look this week. The news and information that will be shared each week will fall under one of our four "centers of influence": Advocacy & Economic Prosperity, Business Development & Community Awareness, Organizational Excellence & Fiscal Growth, and Workforce & Innovation.

By sharing in this new format, you will be able to easily find information in the areas important to you. Members will also see how your investment supports our mission of advocating a strong economic and business environment, and the many ways that work manifests itself. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative Taking Shape for 2021
The Daytona Regional Chamber's new Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiative hits the ground running in 2021 with the Daytona Business United program.

The two-year program will assist minority businesses in a variety of ways. Sponsorship recipients are required to attend a Program Orientation, Business United Quarterly Meeting, Connect with a mentor and fulfill the requirements of your agreed and custom developed strategic plan from the SBDC after your one-on-one consultation.
New and Seasoned Members Can Maximize Their Membership
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.
How to Get Backlinks and Why Your Local Business Needs Them
When I was in marketing for a tech company in the beginning days of content marketing, links were gold. Every time someone linked to our content my boss got excited. While I loved the free publicity and SEO awesomeness we acquired from links, I hated the act of actively pursuing them. It felt like we were begging people to like us and—let’s face it—we were.

But while a lot of things have changed since that time, the importance of links is still relevant. Search engines use links from other sources to your website as an indicator of quality content. While it’s not the only indicator, it is an important one.

Your business website needs links to show the search engines you’re loved by others. But not all links are of the same worth. Here’s how you can get some great links for very little effort. READ MORE
EVENTS - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY AWARENESS
918 W. International Speedway, Unit 1, Daytona Beach
Thursday, February 4
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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.
Business Liability Legislation Moving in Tallahassee
Bills have been filed in Florida House and Senate that will provide businesses liability relief from COVID-related lawsuits.

HB 7 by Rep. Lawrence McClure and SB 72 by Sen. Jeff Brandes would extend liability protection to businesses (retail, service, professional), educational institutions, government entities, religious organizations, and more.
 
Any covered business entity making a good faith effort to significantly comply with appropriate COVID-19 guidance is immune from civil liability from a COVID-19-related civil action. Click here for more details.
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Eggs & Issues Offers Preview of Proposed State Budget
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.

However, the proposed budget from Governor Ron Desantis will set the tone for the debate that lies ahead. But what are the Governor’s budget priorities? Find out at the next Eggs & Issues, Thursday, February 11.
EVENTS - ADVOCACY & ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
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.
Annual Report Highlights Perseverance, Resilience
The Daytona Regional Chamber's Annual Report 2020 showcased the work done in each of the four Centers of Influence throughout the year as well as the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highlights include:
  • Recruiting more than 100 new members to the Daytona Regional Chamber
  • Maintaining programming by shifting to innovative virtual platforms
  • Providing critical business-related information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic such as resources to share business operations information, Q&A sessions with experts and elected officials on legislation for business relief, and sharing best practices for adapting to remote working environments

Save the Date for a Great Day on the Golf Course
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!
101st Annual Meeting presented by Halifax Health Entertains and Enlightens Virtual Audience
Part one of the 101st Annual Dinner Meeting presented by Halifax Health, the virtual business meeting, livestreamed to the Daytona Regional Chamber website on Wednesday, January 27.

The signature event featured a review of 2020, the vision of 2021 Chair Len Marinaccio of Bomar Construction, presentations of the J. Hyatt Brown Enterprise Award and Glenn Ritchey Leadership Award, a surprise Chairman's Award presentation, celebrity appearances, and a must-see closing scene with Marinaccio and Immediate Past Chair Bob Lloyd of Brown & Brown.

Click here to watch the recording of the 101st Annual Meeting presented by Halifax Health, and stay tuned for more information on part two, the in-person celebration to be held when we can gather in a safer environment. Thank you to all our generous sponsors for your support.
EVENTS - ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE & FISCAL GROWTH
SAVE THE DATE
Business Links Golf Tournament presented by Brown & Brown
Friday, September 10
7:00 a.m. - Check-in
8:30 a.m. - Shotgun Start
Leadership Daytona Class XLI on the Horizon
The 41st edition of Leadership Daytona will begin later this spring, and applications will be available soon 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.
EVENTS - WORKFORCE & INNOVATION
LDAC Virtual Morning Mingle
Open to Leadership Daytona Alumni
Tuesday, April 20 - via Zoom
8:00 a.m.
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