SCORE

Standing in SCORE's new office at the Volusia County Business Incubator in Daytona Beach are Jason Morgan, SCORE chapter president; Debbie Kembro Reaney, SCORE administrator; Connie Garzon, incubator site manager; and Zachary Spoor, an incubator administrative coordinator.

Volusia/Flagler SCORE has moved into the Volusia County Business Incubator's offices, meaning things just got a lot easier for entrepreneurs getting the services they need.

The Service Corps of Retired Executives has been helping small business owners and entrepreneurs since 1965. Volusia/Flagler SCORE Chapter 87 is one out of 350 chapters that make up SCORE nationally, a nonprofit with more than 11,000 volunteer counselors nationwide.

Because the work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, with help from volunteers and sponsors, services are delivered free.

Services include confidential business counseling, business workshops and business tools, templates and tips. There is also direct access to local volunteer mentors who have extensive expertise across many different business disciplines and industries.

As a mixed-use facility, the Volusia County incubator serves a wide variety of early-stage businesses. At the U.S. Customs terminal at Daytona Beach International Airport, the 9,600-square-foot facility features private offices, a spacious training room, conference rooms, shared office equipment, kitchen and reception area.

The Volusia County incubator was established in July 2011 as a partnership between the University of Central Florida, Volusia County and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council.

Connie Garzon is the site manager and associate director of the incubator.

“It’s kind of cool because they serve a totally different population than who we serve,” Ms. Garzon said of SCORE. “Now, with us joining forces, we are going to be able to reach out to more small business owners and combine our efforts for the new entrepreneurs that are looking to start companies, especially people who lost their jobs because of Covid. Now with SCORE, I can help that part of the population that I couldn’t serve before.

The incubator serves a specific target market, she said. “I am laser focused on helping companies to grow. It takes a village to raise an entrepreneur. But we can definitely partner with SCORE when it comes to workshops that have never been taught here in town. They have the talent and the resources to teach the workshops more often. We’re the first responders of businesses here in town. We need to help to help our community to survive the (Covid) crisis.”

Jason Morgan, president of Volusia/Flagler SCORE, said, “The space and the office that they created (at the incubator) is phenomenal. It’s this little innovation hub that Volusia County has and it’s just an awesome space. The facility itself is state-of-the-art.”

SCORE is focused on small business creation and support, Mr. Morgan said. “It just ties so well with what the incubator offers. We want to launch a workshop series on their makerspace, which is 3D printers and all these cool high-tech things that we can now talk about and bring to the community, which would be an addition to our normal workshops.”

He added, “When you have two groups like Connie’s and ours working together, we should be able to produce even more results than normal on our own, so one plus one should equal three in this case. I am super excited. It’s going to be awesome for the community.”

The street address for the incubator is 601 Innovation Way in Daytona Beach. For more information, visit incubator.ucf.edu/volusia-county-incubator or volusiaflagler.score.org.

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