Three area chamber executives on state board

Three executives from East Volusia County have been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals.

They are Debbie Connors, president & CEO of the Port Orange/South Daytona Chamber of Commerce; Debbie Cotton, president & CEO of the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce; and Janet Kersey, executive vice president & COO of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Also, Ms. Connors will serve as a regional chair of the FACP Southeast Region, bringing together chamber leadership and staff from across the region for important topic discussions quarterly.

For more information, visit or call (800) 226-3269.

Harbor Freight Tools leases site in Port Orange

SVN Alliance Commercial Real Estate Advisors announced Harbor Freight Tools has signed a lease for 15,192 square feet at Dunlawton Square at 3813 S. Nova Road, in Port Orange.

Harbor Freight joins Peach Valley Café, Beall’s Outlet, Publix Super Market, Pet Supermarket, Hair Cuttery, Burger King and several other retailers in the center.

Additional retail and office space is available at the high-traffic shopping center.

“We have been interested in opening a Harbor Freight Tools in Port Orange for some time, and in Dunlawton Square, we feel we have found the right location,” said Craig Hoffman, Harbor Freight media director, in a news release. “We look forward to opening in January and to this new Harbor Freight Store becoming the go-to place for all our Port Orange neighbors who want high quality tools at great values."

John W. Trost of SVN represented the landlord in the lease transaction. The tenant was represented by Andy Hofheimer of Sitehawks and Marcus Bourne of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.

Vendors wanted

The Pavilion at Port Orange is looking for vendors for a weekly Friday market from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at 5501 S. Williamson Blvd.

The grand opening will be Friday, Oct. 2.

For more information, call (561) 929-0237 or email

Flight school first with high-fidelity simulator

Epic Flight Academy has taken delivery of a Frasca Cessna 172 Advanced Aviation Training Device with Frasca’s Motion Cueing System for fixed-wing devices.

Epic is the first flight school to install the flight simulator, which includes a high-fidelity, six-axis motion system along with an extremely realistic, wrap-around visual system.

Epic’s fleet already includes four simulators. These support Epic’s 190 students who enjoy training in Florida’s good weather but also need to train in poor conditions. The new AATD will provide enhanced training.

Job fair

Boston Whaler will host a job fair from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, and 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at 100 Whaler Way, Edgewater.

Boston Whaler is hiring for lamination, finishing, trim and grind, assembly and mold repair. There is a sign on bonus for lamination and finishing: $300 at 90 days and $300 at six months.

For more information or to apply online, visit

Chamber, Realtors host candidate meet-and-greet

The Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce and the New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors will host a 2020 Hob Nob from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Brannon Civic Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive.

The non-partisan information gathering provides a chance to meet candidates for Nov. 3 election.

Branding expert to lead FPRA webinar

Branding expert Wilson Camelo will lead a webinar from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, of the Volusia Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.

The webinar, which falls during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), will focus on connecting with Hispanic and multicultural audiences and how to build authentic relationships that help grow your business.

The event is open to the public. Free for members, the cost is $5 for non-members. To register, visit

Mr. Camelo has worked with Verizon, State Farm Insurance, Raymond James, UPS, Krispy Kreme, Ringling Brothers, U.S. Air Force, Brighthouse Networks, Comcast Cable, Nemours Children’s Hospital, and Moffitt Cancer Center.

Walmart campaign raises $278,879 to fight hunger

The Central Florida community raised $278,879 for Second Harvest Food Bank through the Walmart and Sam’s Clubs “Fight Hunger, Spark Change” campaign.

“The fight against hunger has never been more important than now,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “This generous donation will provide 1.1 million meals to Central Floridians, many of whom have lost their livelihoods as a direct result of the economic shutdown caused by COVID-19.”

For more information, visit

SCORE hosting webinars

Volusia/Flagler SCORE is hosting webinars.

The next webinar will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8. The topic will be “How to Explain Your Products and Services with Infographics.”

To register, call (386) 255-6889 or visit

SCORE offers business mentoring

Get advice from SCORE mentors live from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in a real-time mentoring platform.

Chat with business mentors, get free resources and information from popular companies, and participate in online peer support discussions. Brought to you by SCORE and Constant Contact.

To register, call (386) 255-6889 or visit

Chamber seeking directors

The West Volusia Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for three board of director seats for 2021.

All nominees must be a member in good standing for a minimum of one year by Dec.31, willing to attend monthly board meetings and pass a background check.

Nominations must be in writing and emailed to or by Oct. 15.

Qualified candidates will then be submitted to the nominating committee for interviews.

AM Connection set

The West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce will present an AM Connection at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 N. U.S. 17/92, DeBary.

The spotlight speaker will be from Halifax Health. There will be a gift basket giveaway.

For more information, visit or call (386) 218-0540.

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