CareerSource closing offices

CareerSource Flagler Volusia has temporarily closed its administrative office and Career Centers in Daytona Beach, Orange City and Palm Coast.

Services will be provided remotely.

All public events, including agency-related job fairs, onsite recruitment, workshops and community events, have been postponed.

For more information, visit

An online chat feature is available with immediate access to staff who can assist customers virtually from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Additional information is available at (800) 204-2418 or

Ormond Beach Chamber

The Chamber office will be closed to the public through the end of March, staff will be available by appointments only for in person meetings, by phone and email.

All Net group meetings are canceled until April 7. All chamber meetings will be canceled through April 6.

For Leadership Ormond Beach Class XVII, adjustments are being made to the schedule.

Economic development director hired

Helga van Eckert has been named Volusia County’s economic development director.

Ms. Van Eckert was executive director of the Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity for eight years. She also led economic development and redevelopment efforts for Perth Amboy, N.J., for 12 years.

She served on the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council and was a regional representative to the Florida Economic Development Council.

Rob Ehrhardt retired in May as Volusia economic development director.

SVN Alliance wins CoStar Power Broker Awards

CoStar Group Inc. has named SVN Alliance Commercial Real Estate Advisors as Power Broker Award recipients in the Daytona Beach.

SVN was honored as both the Top Sales Firm and the Top Leasing Firm for 2019.

Individual CoStar Power Broker Awards for SVN were given to John Trost for Top Office Leasing Broker and Top Retail Leasing Broker, and Carl W. Lentz IV for Top Office Leasing Broker and Top Sales Broker.

Brown & Brown names chief people officer

Brown & Brown Inc. has appointed Julie Turpin as chief people officer.

Ms. Turpin has been with Brown & Brown since 2012. She has more than 20 years experience in executive roles in various industries. Most recently she served as CEO of the Advocator Group, a subsidiary of Brown & Brown, where she led a team of more than 550 people in providing advocacy services and medicare set-aside services.

Prior to that, she was with GCG Risk Management Consultants as head of operations, and with Marsh USA, as a senior vice president.

Ms. Turpin will be based in Brown & Brown’s corporate headquarters in Daytona Beach.

Help assess the damage

Gov Ron DeSantis has announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of Covid-19 on Florida’s local business operations.

For inquiries or assistance, businesses can email Take the survey at

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