Daytona Beach, Fla. (October 23, 2020) – Two of Volusia County’s largest entrepreneur programs have joined forces with the Volusia/Flagler chapter of SCORE relocating into the Volusia County Business Incubator Powered by UCFBIP.
With the relocation, the building now has four agencies specifically focused on helping entrepreneurs and businesses grow and create jobs.
“Our local community needs to support our business community and the residents that lost their jobs and are planning to start their own businesses,” says Connie Garzon, site manager, Volusia County Business Incubator. “Our efforts combine talent and education under the same roof will help the community to recover faster and smarter.”
SCORE has served the Volusia County and Flagler County business communities since 1965. Originally founded as a the “Service Corps of Retired Executives,” the group is now known as the “Counselors to America’s Small Business.”
The group provides free mentoring and counseling to small businesses, along with workshops, tools and other advice for entrepreneurs.
“Relocating SCORE inside this centralized HUB will allow us to leverage and collaborate with partners and clients in a coordinated effort to drive new businesses and job creation into our local economy,” says Jason Morgan, president, SCORE Chapter Flagler/Volusia. “All workshops and one-on-one mentoring will now be held in their state-of-the-art facility and conference rooms, and the synergies created will be amazing to see unfold for years to come.”
SCORE joins two other organizations also operating out of the Volusia County Business Incubator. The African American Entrepreneurs Association and the Hungarian Hub are also located in the center.
“As we look to the future, we want to be the central location for entrepreneurs go to find the information and help they need to create a better future for all of us,” Garzon adds.
The Volusia County Business Incubator Powered by UCFBIP is located at 601 Innovation Way, Daytona Beach Florida, 32114.
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For more information, contact Connie Garzon associate director and site manager, at 386-872-3100 or Connie.Garzon@ucf.edu or Alan Byrd, Alan Byrd & Associates, at 407-415-8470 or Alan@ByrdConnections.com
About the UCF Business Incubation Program:
The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth/impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has provided vital business development resources resulting in over 300 local startup companies reaching their potential faster and graduating into the community where they continue to grow and positively impact the local economy.
With seven facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs. For the 2017/2018 fiscal years, the activities of these participating firms have helped to sustain more than 6,725 local jobs and have had a cumulative impact of over $725 million on regional GDP and over $1.3 billion on regional sales. During the same period, the program has returned more than $12.00 in state and local taxes for every $1.00 invested in the program. In addition, for every $1.00 of public investment the firms also produced $118 of additional regional GDP and $226 of regional sales. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu.
SCORE Chapter 87 | Volusia Flagler is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping local small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We are one chapter out of 350 that make up SCORE National (SCORE.org), a nonprofit with over 11,000 volunteer counselors nationwide. Our Chapter has been located in Volusia County since 1965 and our parent organization falls under the Small Business Administration (www.SBA.gov) within the Department of Commerce.
Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to both our volunteers and generous sponsors, we are able to deliver our services at no charge.