NASCAR's main series gets four sponsors

Beginning in 2020 NASCAR’s premier series will be known as the NASCAR Cup Series, sponsored by Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, GEICO and Xfinity.

The partnership will give the four brands more access to NASCAR and more opportunities for promotion.

“This has been a monumental year for our sport, one highlighted by significant changes in our business model to ensure long-term viability and growth,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR President, in a news release.

Hospital earns spine surgery certification

AdventHealth Daytona Beach has earned the Gold Seal of Approval for Spine Surgery by the Joint Commission, an independent, national not-for-profit organization.

The Gold Seal is recognized as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe, consistent, high-quality patient care.

The hospital also earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total hip, total knee and shoulder replacement surgery.

AdventHealth facilities in Volusia and Flagler counties have earned 13 disease-specific certifications from the Joint Commission.

Business After Hours

The Daytona Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce will present a Business After Hours at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at The Daytona, 1870 Victory Circle, Daytona Beach.

Admission is $10 with advance registration and $15 on the day of the event for members, and $35 for non-members.

Attendees who bring a donation for Family Renew Community valued at $10 or greater will receive free admission to a Business After Hours in 2020. Family Renew Community team members will be on hand to accept the donations.

To register, visit For more information, contact Ken Phelps, vice president of resource development, at (386) 523-3675 or

Chamber ambassadors meet Dec. 17

The Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce will host an Ambassador Luncheon at noon Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Sugar Mill Country Club, 100 Club House, New Smyrna Beach.

For more information, call (386) 428-2449.

Holiday Open House

The Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce will host a Holiday Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 115 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach.

Participants are asked to bring a dish to share.

For more information, call (386) 428-2449.

Event raises funds for hospitality students

Bethune-Cookman University's Bob Billingslea School of Hospitality Management first Pineapple Ball Nov. 15 raised more than $50,000 for student scholarships.

The fundraising event for the program also gave students hands-on experience, working with the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach to present it. Students from event management course worked directly with the hotel, learning skills, such as planning, organizing, managing and executing a corporate level fundraising event.

Airport gettting more flights for 500 weekend

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are adding more flights at Daytona Beach International Airport for the 2020 Daytona 500 weekend.

Delta is adding a nonstop flight from Detroit to DBIA Feb. 14 and Feb. 17. The airline also is adding a flight to Atlanta Feb. 16 and four DBIA to Atlanta flights will get larger aircraft Feb. 17.

American will be adding one extra departure Feb. 14-15 and two departures Monday, Feb. 17. Including increased seats because of the new mainline Airbus a319 being added in January for one of its daily flights, American’s seat availability on Feb. 13-14 will be up more than 50% each day (191 seats) and on Monday, Feb. 16, capacity will increase to more than 300 seats, compared to 2019.

Chamber celebrates restaurant opening

The Port Orange-South Daytona Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Agave II, 3510 S. Nova Road, Suite 101, Port Orange.

For more information, call (386) 761-1601.

Chamber names award for area businessman

The Daytona Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce will rename its annual Enterprise Award the J. Hyatt Brown Enterprise Award beginning with its annual meeting in 2020.

The award recognizes a company that has made significant contributions to the quality, vitality and growth of the community.

Mr. Brown is chairman of Brown & Brown Inc., who of the nation's largest insurance brokers and employee benefits management firms. It is currently erected an 11-story office building in Downtown Daytona Beach for its headquarters.

The award will be presented this year to Team Volusia, a public/private not-for-profit corporation founded in late 2010 to market and recruit business from outside the area to Volusia County.

The chamber's annual banquet will be Jan. 30 at the Ocean Center. For more information, contact Ken Phelps at (386) 523-3675 or

AM Connection set

The West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce will present an AM Connection at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 N. C.R. Beall Blvd., DeBary.

The meeting will include the second annual ugly sweater contest.

Free for members, the cost is $10 for non-members.

For a reservation or more information, visit or call (386) 490-4606.

Area chamber hosts weekly events

The DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and the Orange City Alliance have several regularly scheduled events.

The discussion group Fuel meets at 7:30 a.m. Mondays at Boston Coffee, 109 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

Let’s Do Lunch networking meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at The Cloister's of DeLand, 400 E. Howry Ave.

For more information, call (386) 734-4331 or visit

Chamber seeking sponsors for festival

The Volusia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is looking for sponsors for the

annual Festival de Reyes (Three Kings Festival) from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at The Center at Deltona, 1640 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Deltona.

It is a event in which children and their families enjoy music, food, gifts, toys and the visit from the Three Wise Kings.

For more information or to sponsor, contact VHCC at (386) 218-4490 or

City reopens grant process

The City of DeLand through the MainStreet DeLand Association has reopened the CRA and Gateway Grant Programs application process.

The deadine is Monday, Jan. 13. The matching grants are competitive and designed to encourage building improvements/renovations on commercial properties within the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area and Gateway Districts of the city.

Eligible Gateway projects can get 50% of the project cost up to $5,000. Eligible CRA projects can get 50% of project cost up to $2,500.

For an application, visit

For more information, call Wayne Carter, executive director, MainStreet DeLand at (386) 738-0649 or

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