Business

Wed
17
Jan

Accountants team up to create new firm

NEW PARTNERS — Vicki Kizma, left, and Melissa Trickey have teamed up to open Trickey & Kizma, Certified Public Accountants, in DeLand.

NEW PARTNERS — Vicki Kizma, left, and Melissa Trickey have teamed up to open Trickey & Kizma, Certified Public Accountants, in DeLand.

PHOTO COURTESY TRICKEY & KIZMA

Veteran CPAs Melissa Trickey and Vicki Kizma, who had worked together informally in the past, have teamed up to open their own accounting firm. Trickey & Kizma, Certified Public Accountants, officially opened its doors Jan. 2 at 505 E. New York Ave., Suite 6, in DeLand.

Trickey has been a CPA for 19 years, while Kizma has had the designation for 34 years.

“We had worked together for a while, and we just clicked,” Kizma told The Beacon. “She has strengths where I have weaknesses, and I have strengths where she has weaknesses.”

Kizma’s experience includes having worked for a “Big 8” accounting firm, which she says gives her a broader knowledge base. Trickey has worked for a number of other accountants in the area, so she believes that gives her a good feel for what clients in DeLand need.

Both partners worked a lot with new businesses, helping owners set up tax records and other financial aspects.

Wed
17
Jan

DeLand Airport soars: Focus on sport aviation is paying off

TEST FITTING — One of the nearly 5,000 attendees at November’s Sport Aviation Showcase on the DeLand Municipal Airport straps on an Aerolite 103 ultralight airplane and dreams of flying free above the Earth. A local manufacturer sold three of the nine kit airplanes purchased at the highly regarded showcase.

TEST FITTING — One of the nearly 5,000 attendees at November’s Sport Aviation Showcase on the DeLand Municipal Airport straps on an Aerolite 103 ultralight airplane and dreams of flying free above the Earth. A local manufacturer sold three of the nine kit airplanes purchased at the highly regarded showcase.

BEACON PHOTOS/RICK BUTLER

FASCINATING EXHIBIT — Attendees at November’s Sport Aviation Showcase gather around an electronic dashboard display. It was presented by one of a couple dozen indoor vendors displaying their wares. The three-day showcase of all that’s new in sport aviation will return to the DeLand Municipal Airport Nov. 1-3 this year.

FASCINATING EXHIBIT — Attendees at November’s Sport Aviation Showcase gather around an electronic dashboard display. It was presented by one of a couple dozen indoor vendors displaying their wares. The three-day showcase of all that’s new in sport aviation will return to the DeLand Municipal Airport Nov. 1-3 this year.

DeLand Municipal Airport and its associated Business Park are quietly becoming the East Coast’s premier sport-aviation supplier and mecca. 2017 accelerated that growing focus, and last fall’s second annual Sport Aviation Showcase only upped the airport’s continuing growth and reputation.

Airport Manager John Eiff had a telling complaint at the most recent Airport Advisory Board meeting.

“We’re running out of ramp space on this airport!” he told the board.

That’s in part due to nearly a dozen small and executive-jet aircraft awaiting repainting at booming East Coast Aircraft, and in part due to an increase in business across the board.

DeLand Municipal Airport has more than 100 small-plane “T hangars” holding one recreational plane each. There are now 29 pilots on a waiting list to rent one of those hangars, if one becomes available.

Wed
10
Jan

Stetson stock picks: investments in artificial intelligence and women’s health

SAVVY PICKERS — These six Roland George Investments Program students presented stock recommendations at an annual meeting. From left are Leah Hauserman, Christina Lint, Megan Christopher, Loic Blanco, Antoni Akkerman and Bryce Holbrook.

SAVVY PICKERS — These six Roland George Investments Program students presented stock recommendations at an annual meeting. From left are Leah Hauserman, Christina Lint, Megan Christopher, Loic Blanco, Antoni Akkerman and Bryce Holbrook.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

Stetson University’s Roland George Investments Program (RGIP) has launched another new stock index, Artificial Intelligence.

Six Stetson University RGIP seniors spent months researching, vetting, analyzing and, ultimately, pitching to a board of faculty and student trustees a total of five stocks: the Artificial Intelligence index, which includes four publicly traded single stocks, and one stock that focuses on women’s health, specifically breast-cancer detection.

Attendees at a public trustee meeting in October were greeted by a computer-generated voice that seemed to converse with the first presenter, Stetson student Leah Hauserman.

“Artificial Intelligence is set for a 50-percent growth rate over the next five years, and my company is a market innovator in this industry, owning 59 percent of the MEMs [microelectro-mechanical systems] microphone market,” Hauserman said.

She asked the board to invest $100,000 from the RGIP Growth Fund.

Wed
10
Jan

Halifax Health marks 90 years of service

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! — Halifax Health commemorated 90 years of service to the communities it serves with a special cupcake celebration Jan. 3 for its more than 4,000 employees in Volusia, Flagler and Orange counties.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! — Halifax Health commemorated 90 years of service to the communities it serves with a special cupcake celebration Jan. 3 for its more than 4,000 employees in Volusia, Flagler and Orange counties.

PHOTO COURTESY HALIFAX HEALTH

Volusia County’s oldest hospital still in operation recently held a 90th-anniversary celebration for its 4,000 employees in three counties.

Halifax District Hospital in Daytona Beach was officially opened Jan. 3, 1928, with 125 beds, 40 of which were in private rooms, and a 22-member nursing staff. Julia May Leach served as the hospital’s first administrator.

Since that time, what is now called Halifax Health has experienced tremendous growth. The community health system now provides a continuum of health care services through a network of organizations, including two hospitals in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, a free-standing emergency department in Deltona, an urgent-care facility in Ormond Beach, and a number of primary-care offices across Volusia and Flagler counties.

Wed
03
Jan

Building chief at John Knox Village retires

LEAVING WITH HONORS — John Knox Village’s Joe Rudolph, third from left, receives a send-off from his fellow executives at the retirement center in Orange City. From left are Ken Behnke, director of operations; Jerry Jaques, president of Riverwood Retirement Management Inc.; Rudolph; and Joe Trainor, executive director of JKV. Rudolph is retiring after joining the senior staff of JKV in 1991.

LEAVING WITH HONORS — John Knox Village’s Joe Rudolph, third from left, receives a send-off from his fellow executives at the retirement center in Orange City. From left are Ken Behnke, director of operations; Jerry Jaques, president of Riverwood Retirement Management Inc.; Rudolph; and Joe Trainor, executive director of JKV. Rudolph is retiring after joining the senior staff of JKV in 1991.

PHOTO COURTESY JOHN KNOX VILLAGE

After more than a quarter of a century of upgrading and expanding John Knox Village in Orange City, one of its senior executives is stepping down.

Having planned and overseen the capital growth of the retirement center since 1991, Joe Rudolph is leaving to savor his own golden years. What is next for someone who stayed busy designing and making John Knox Village what it is today?

“The next stage is spending more time with my family, doing more traveling, and playing more tennis,” Rudolph said. “I was hired on as their general contractor, which turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.”

Rudolph owned a construction business in Orange City before he took charge of JKV’s building projects, a task that became a full-time occupation.

“I supervised the construction of Majestic Oaks,” Rudolph said proudly, referring to the community’s 96,000-square-foot residential and medical complex.

Wed
03
Jan

Blossoms Workforce Academy helps budding careers take root

Cutting a ribbon — CEO and instructor Paul Sturdgess (wielding the oversize scissors) is surrounded by his staff and members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-December outside Blossoms Workforce Academy in DeLand.

Cutting a ribbon — CEO and instructor Paul Sturdgess (wielding the oversize scissors) is surrounded by his staff and members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-December outside Blossoms Workforce Academy in DeLand.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

There’s a new source of training for those in the health care industry and business-safety programs.

Blossoms Workforce Academy started up last September in the Cedar Ridge Pointe plaza in DeLand because founder and CEO Paul Sturdgess felt West Volusia needed more of what he can offer.

Among a lengthy menu of course offerings are nursing assistant training, including prep courses for becoming state-certified; American Red Cross classes in first aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillators; training for ServSafe food managers and food-safety updates; baby-sitter training and pediatric first-aid training, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training for construction and general business companies; and customer-service training.

Blossoms also provides a facility where students can take state licensing exams.

Wed
27
Dec

West Volusia business highlights for 2017

BRIGHT AND AIRY — The interior of the new Subway shop in DeLand follows design guidelines the parent company introduced earlier this year.

BRIGHT AND AIRY — The interior of the new Subway shop in DeLand follows design guidelines the parent company introduced earlier this year.
BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

GATOR TRAINING — Nathan Sweeting works with Trapper, a nearly 13-foot American alligator, at Smooth Waters Wildlife Park in DeLeon Springs. Sweeting says he’s training Trapper to pose and react to commands.

GATOR TRAINING — Nathan Sweeting works with Trapper, a nearly 13-foot American alligator, at Smooth Waters Wildlife Park in DeLeon Springs. Sweeting says he’s training Trapper to pose and react to commands.

OFFICIALLY OPEN — Melanie Perez with MedExpress is assisted by DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar in cutting a ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new MedExpress Urgent Care Center in DeLand.

OFFICIALLY OPEN — Melanie Perez with MedExpress is assisted by DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar in cutting a ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new MedExpress Urgent Care Center in DeLand.

Before we ring in 2018, The Beacon is taking one last look at some of the business news we reported on during 2017. What follows, in no particular order, are a few of the highlights of the year that’s now ending.

 

Culinary openings and coming attractions

A new Subway restaurant opened Nov. 1 at 1204 N. Woodland Blvd., next door to its longtime former home. It seats more than three times as many customers as its former location.

C’s Waffles opened this week at 413 S. Woodland Blvd. in Downtown DeLand. It’s one of six family-run C’s Waffles in Volusia County; the others are in Southeast Volusia.

Wed
20
Dec

Stetson student honored as Hometown Hero during Orlando Magic game

SHOWERED IN PRAISE — Eddie Molina, a Stetson University Executive MBA student, is honored by the Orlando Magic in late November as a Hometown Hero.

SHOWERED IN PRAISE — Eddie Molina, a Stetson University Executive MBA student, is honored by the Orlando Magic in late November as a Hometown Hero.

PHOTO COURTESY FERNANDO MEDINA/ORLANDO MAGIC

Eddie Molina, a Stetson University Executive MBA student, was honored Nov. 29 as a Hometown Hero on center court during an Orlando Magic game. The program recognizes Central Florida first responders — fire, police, medical or military — who have made a difference in our community.

“It’s an honor to be recognized; I’m humbled to be in such great company as the past hometown heroes who have served our community,” said Molina. “We have so many deserving first responders who all play an important role in keeping our communities safe, it’s wonderful to see the Magic recognizing them.”

Wed
13
Dec

Jamaica native opens new hair salon in DeLand

NOTHING BUT THE BEST — Owner Mitzi Caine works on a client, Kenya Williams, one day recently in Mitzi’s First Impressions Hair Salon in DeLand.

NOTHING BUT THE BEST — Owner Mitzi Caine works on a client, Kenya Williams, one day recently in Mitzi’s First Impressions Hair Salon in DeLand.

PHOTOS COURTESY TAKEEM ESCÖBÂR

Dec. 2 marked the grand opening of Mitzi’s First Impressions Hair Salon in DeLand.

Mitzi Caine, owner of the salon, has been an active member of the West Volusia community for more than 20 years. Although this salon has visited various parts of DeLand, it now has a new location to call home.

Caine has been a licensed cosmetologist since 1989 in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and has had a passion for enhancing the beauty of all during that time. She immigrated to Florida from St. Andrew in 1992 and, upon arrival, she had no hesitation in meeting the requirements to transition her career as a licensed cosmetologist.

“I’ve always had a passion to do hair. I love putting a smile on my client’s face and to make them feel special,“ said Caine.

Caine is an inspiration to many, with her unwavering efforts to build her business while meeting the needs of her clientele and the community.

Wed
13
Dec

C’s Waffles to open by year’s end

PROUD PARTNERS — Brian Martin, left, and his partner, Josh Cotelesse, hope to have their new restaurant open Tuesday, Dec. 26, on South Woodland Boulevard in DeLand.

PROUD PARTNERS — Brian Martin, left, and his partner, Josh Cotelesse, hope to have their new restaurant open Tuesday, Dec. 26, on South Woodland Boulevard in DeLand.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

A breakfast-and-lunch restaurant is getting ready to open, but this one is not in DeLand’s nascent “breakfast district” on the north end of town.

C’s Waffles is coming to the location where Shokudo was, at 413 S. Woodland Blvd.

“We took over the space Nov. 15,” said Brian Martin, one of two partners running the restaurant. “She [the former owner of the restaurant] decided to get out of the business and said the building was available, and we were able to get it.”

Kieu Nguyen and her fiance, James Moses, had opened Shokudo in April 2015, offering modern Asian cuisine.

C’s Waffles will be open 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. seven days a week, serving up “diner-style” food. Fluffy omelets, pancakes and, of course, waffles in all kinds of flavors comprise what the company website proclaims is the best breakfast in town. The lunch menu features steak or turkey burgers, melts, wraps, salads, and similar entrees. All menu items are available from open to close.

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