Business

Wed
28
Feb

Antique Motorcycle Show to usher in Bike Rally, Bike Week

BLASTS FROM THE PAST — This old two-wheeler, along with the others shown, could be among those on display at the Antique Motorcycle Show in the Artisan Alley Garage on Tuesday, March 6.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST — This old two-wheeler could be among those on display at the Antique Motorcycle Show in the Artisan Alley Garage on Tuesday, March 6.

Just days before the leather-and-chrome set rolls into town for the DeLand Bike Rally, antique motorcycles will fill the Artisan Alley Garage for a display of historic two-wheelers.

The Antique Motorcycle Show on Tuesday, March 6, will be the highlight of a three-day road run by the Sunshine Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. The show is free and open to the public.

Owners of antique motorcycles from all four Florida chapters of the AMCA will check in March 4 and ride to different destinations over subsequent days: Daytona Beach on Monday, Ocala on Tuesday, and Mims and Merritt Island on Wednesday, said John Blood, the club’s president.

Participants will wrap up the event with a banquet at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center Wednesday night, he said.

Blood expects 200 to 220 people will be coming into town, with about 125 antique bikes on display in the Artisan Alley Garage from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Wed
28
Feb

Stetson’s VITA volunteers mark major refund milestone

MANY HAPPY RETURNS — Marking the $1.5 million in tax refunds generated in less than eight years by Stetson’s VITA program are, from left, Courtney Edgecomb, United Way’s vice president for community impact; Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., interim chair, M.E. Rinker Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy; Bonnie Holloway, Stetson VITA Program site coordinator; Neal P. Mero, Ph.D., dean of Stetson’s School of Business Administration; and Ian Anderson, Stetson University VITA senior from Naples.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS — Marking the $1.5 million in tax refunds generated in less than eight years by Stetson’s VITA program are, from left, Courtney Edgecomb, United Way’s vice president for community impact; Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., interim chair, M.E. Rinker Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy; Bonnie Holloway, Stetson VITA Program site coordinator; Neal P. Mero, Ph.D., dean of Stetson’s School of Business Administration; and Ian Anderson, Stetson University VITA senior from Naples.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

Stetson University’s School of Business Administration recently celebrated a major milestone in its program to help low-income people file income-tax returns at no charge.

After filing more than 1,500 tax returns in slightly more than seven filing seasons, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program surpassed generating more than $1.5 million in tax refunds.

Co-sponsored by the United Way of Volusia-Flagler counties, Stetson’s M.E. Rinker Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy, and Stetson’s Center for Community Engagement, Stetson’s  VITA program is now in its eighth year of helping prepare returns for low-income families in the community.

“This program has a real community impact, because they can use the money to fix their cars, buy washing machines or go out on dates,” said Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., CPA, associate professor of taxation and accounting at Stetson. “It’s not just the refunds, but also how they affect people’s lives.”

Wed
21
Feb

Affordable-housing complex under construction

CLEARING THE LAND — Site-preparation work has begun for an affordable-housing apartment complex planned for a 10-acre parcel on the southwest corner of West New Hampshire and South Clara avenues on DeLand’s south side.

CLEARING THE LAND — Site-preparation work has begun for an affordable-housing apartment complex planned for a 10-acre parcel on the southwest corner of West New Hampshire and South Clara avenues on DeLand’s south side.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS ON THE WAY — This rendering shows what one of the three-story apartment buildings will look like when The Pines is finished, probably by the end of next January.

AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS ON THE WAY — This rendering shows what one of the three-story apartment buildings will look like when The Pines is finished, probably by the end of next January.

IMAGE COURTESY ROUNDSTONE DEVELOPMENT

Construction is underway for an affordable-housing apartment complex on DeLand’s south side.

Roundstone Development LLC, of Dallas, plans for The Pines to be a six-building, 100-unit complex of apartments on the southwest corner of South Clara and West New Hampshire avenues. The cluster of two- and three-story buildings will occupy an entire 10-acre block bordered by South Delaware Avenue on the west and West Beresford Road on the south.

“We develop affordable housing and were looking at different markets,” said Clifton Phillips, president of Roundstone Development. “We felt DeLand could use additional affordable housing.”

The Pines will consist of 24 one-bedroom units, 32 two-bedroom units, 24 three-bedroom units, and 20 four-bedroom units, Phillips said. The homes will be set aside for households earning up to 40 and 60 percent of the area median income.

Wed
14
Feb

Stetson University and Peace Corps team for professional development

PROUD PARTNERS — Stetson University and Peace Corps leaders gathered last fall to announce a new Peace Corps Prep program at Stetson. Pictured from left are Chad Chernet, Peace Corps recruiter for Central Florida; Dr. Wendy B. Libby, president of Stetson University; Erin Gibbs, chief of operations of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection; and Chip Wheeler, associate director of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment.

PROUD PARTNERS — Stetson University and Peace Corps leaders gathered last fall to announce a new Peace Corps Prep program at Stetson. Pictured from left are Chad Chernet, Peace Corps recruiter for Central Florida; Dr. Wendy B. Libby, president of Stetson University; Erin Gibbs, chief of operations of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection; and Chip Wheeler, associate director of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

The Peace Corps and Stetson University have begun a new partnership centered on an undergraduate certificate program that could help students grow their job-related skills and develop into better members of the global community.

Associate Director Chip Wheeler and Chief of Operations Erin Gibbs of the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection joined Stetson President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., in announcing the official launch of the Peace Corps Prep program during Stetson’s annual Values Day last fall.

Wed
14
Feb

Local beer-makers brew job growth

 PARTNERS IN BREWING — Andy Sistrunk, left, and Robbie Carelli, shown here among their brewing vats, are the founders of Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. in DeLand, the first craft brewer in West Volusia.

PARTNERS IN BREWING — Andy Sistrunk, left, and Robbie Carelli, shown here among their brewing vats, are the founders of Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. in DeLand, the first craft brewer in West Volusia.

PHOTO COURTESY PERSIMMON HOLLOW

Breweries accounted for more than half of the employment growth within the nation’s beverage-manufacturing industry from 2006 to 2016, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS.

And two West Volusia breweries — Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. in DeLand and Central 28 Beer Co. in DeBary — contributed to that job growth.

Persimmon Hollow, which opened in late 2014 at 111 W. Georgia Ave. in Downtown DeLand, started out with one full-time employee (Robbie Carelli) and four part-timers, including Carelli’s partner, Andy Sistrunk. The two recently said the company now has five full-time employees and six part-timers, with plans to add up to three additional full-time workers and several more part-time employees this year.

Wed
07
Feb

Senior apartment complex planned

COLORFUL BUILDING — This rendering submitted for city approval shows the colors intended for Banyan Cove Apartments.

IMAGE COURTESY CITY OF DELAND

COLORFUL BUILDING — This rendering submitted for city approval shows the colors intended for Banyan Cove Apartments.

HOMELESS CAMP — This is some of the trash and debris left behind by homeless campers on property that will become the site of Banyan Cove Apartments, a 100-unit complex for senior citizens in north DeLand.

HOMELESS CAMP — This is some of the trash and debris left behind by homeless campers on property that will become the site of Banyan Cove Apartments, a 100-unit complex for senior citizens in north DeLand.

BEACON PHOTO/ERIKA WEBB

Plans are underway for building a 100-unit multifamily apartment complex for senior citizens in north DeLand.

The DeLand Planning Board Jan. 17 voted unanimously to recommend approval for Banyan Cove to the DeLand City Commission, which is expected to discuss the project possibly as soon as its Feb. 19 meeting.

The nearly 8-acre site, at the northeast corner of the intersection of North Street and North Clara Avenue, is behind Gateway Village Shopping Center and across from a fire station and Nordman Nursery on West International Speedway Boulevard.

Boca Raton-based Banyan Development Group proposes to construct a handicap-accessible complex with two four-story residential buildings, including 37 one-bedroom, 675-square-foot units; 16 one-bedroom, 754-square-foot units; and 47 two-bedroom, 914-square-foot apartments.

Two entrances, on the northern side on International Speedway Boulevard and on the southern side along North Street, are planned.

Wed
07
Feb

Tax prep done free: Stetson student volunteers assist taxpayers

VOLUNTEER PREPARERS — Assistant Site Coordinator and Stetson student Mark Hodae and volunteer Isabel Botero, a Stetson employee, go over some of the materials they’ll use in providing tax-filing help.

VOLUNTEER PREPARERS — Assistant Site Coordinator and Stetson student Mark Hodae and volunteer Isabel Botero, a Stetson employee, go over some of the materials they’ll use in providing tax-filing help.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

Stetson University School of Business Administration recently announced that the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be offered on the DeLand campus to eligible taxpayers through April 13.

The free tax-preparation service started Feb. 1 and is located in Room 322 of the Lynn Business Center, 345 N. Woodland Blvd.

The VITA program is co-sponsored by the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, Stetson’s M.E. Rinker Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy, and Stetson’s Center for Community Engagement.

The program has nearly 60 students registered to become certified VITA volunteers this year. Each tax return is reviewed for quality control by the VITA site coordinator, a student assistant site coordinator, or members of Stetson’s Accounting Advisory Board who donate their time and expertise to serve as mentors to the student tax preparers.

Wed
31
Jan

Rejuvenating airplanes is a soaring local business

SHOWING OFF — East Coast Aircraft co-owners Paulus and Marta proudly show off their first recently completed full-size business-jet rejuvenation project. The custom-striped plane, a Gulfstream 550, marks an expansion in the size and complexity of work they are now undertaking.

SHOWING OFF — East Coast Aircraft co-owners Paulus and Marta proudly show off their first recently completed full-size business-jet rejuvenation project. The custom-striped plane, a Gulfstream 550, marks an expansion in the size and complexity of work they are now undertaking.

PHOTOS COURTESY EAST COAST AIRCRAFT

JAMMED PAINT SHOP — From the street side, you get no idea of how busy East Coast Aircraft’s paint hangar really is. This view, taken from the taxiway side of the shop, shows at least six planes in various stages of preparation or painting. Several additional planes are being worked on at a hangar next door, where interiors are refurbished.

JAMMED PAINT SHOP — From the street side, you get no idea of how busy East Coast Aircraft’s paint hangar really is. This view, taken from the taxiway side of the shop, shows at least six planes in various stages of preparation or painting. Several additional planes are being worked on at a hangar next door, where interiors are refurbished.

Just five years ago, a Brazilian-American couple moved to DeLand with a dream of creating a business of repainting and refitting airplanes to give them a new lease on life. DeLand Municipal Airport had a hangar they could rent, and they had a relative living here, so they signed a lease and put up a “The Paint Shop” sign over their hangar.

That first year, Paulus and Marta Nobrega had all they could handle bringing East Coast Aircraft Co. to life, while also bringing their first of two daughters to life. They struggled to finish painting two small planes a month at first, but they kept their price low and hired and trained skilled crew members.

Paulus oversees and works in the paint shop, Marta is the office manager, and her father heads up the interior work.

Wed
24
Jan

DeLand Chamber installs officers

NEW OFFICERS — The DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce’s officers for 2018 are sworn in by Mayor Bob Apgar (back to camera, right). From left are Joe Hearn, president; Hector de Jesus, president-elect; Keri Wagner, treasurer; Amanda Agnew, vice president; and Susie Dolan, immediate past president. Not pictured is Amanda McHugh Worrall, secretary, who was emceeing the event.

NEW OFFICERS — The DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce’s officers for 2018 are sworn in by Mayor Bob Apgar (back to camera, right). From left are Joe Hearn, president; Hector de Jesus, president-elect; Keri Wagner, treasurer; Amanda Agnew, vice president; and Susie Dolan, immediate past president. Not pictured is Amanda McHugh Worrall, secretary, who was emceeing the event.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER — Former Sheriff Ben Johnson reminisced about growing up in DeLand, mentioning businesses and merchants who were key to the sense of community a half-century ago.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER — Former Sheriff Ben Johnson reminisced about growing up in DeLand, mentioning businesses and merchants who were key to the sense of community a half-century ago.

New leadership is in place for the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance.

At its annual meeting and installation event Jan. 22 at the Museum of Art - DeLand on North Woodland Boulevard, the 2018 officers and members of the board of directors took oaths of office administered by DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar.

The new officers are: Joe Hearn of Joe Hearn Events, president; Hector de Jesus, of Florida Hospital DeLand, president-elect; Amanda Agnew of State Farm Insurance, vice president; Keri Wagner of DaVita Labs, treasurer; and Amanda McHugh Worrall, the Chamber’s interim executive director, secretary. The immediate past president is Susie Dolan of Waste Pro.

The 2018 directors are Suzanne Forbes, Amy Gipson, M. Scott Kelly, Brian Leatherman, Katie Mentor, Josh Poertner, Mark Russell and John Wanamaker.

Two special awards were presented: to Kitty Allen as Volunteer of the Year, and to Mark Russell as Committee Chair of the Year.

Wed
24
Jan

Sweet Spot to move north

FROM HERE — Pictured above, Sweet Spot’s longtime home has been 115 E. Rich Ave. in Downtown DeLand.

FROM HERE — Pictured above, Sweet Spot’s longtime home has been 115 E. Rich Ave. in Downtown DeLand.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

TO THERE — Sweet Spot will occupy this former Subway restaurant building at 1200 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand. A new Subway was built next door, shown at right in this photo.

TO THERE — Sweet Spot will occupy this former Subway restaurant building at 1200 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand. A new Subway was built next door, shown at right in this photo.

After nearly nine years in Downtown DeLand, Sweet Spot is moving to a new location on North Woodland Boulevard.

Owners Jimmy and Melissa Brissey are in the midst of renovating the former Subway restaurant at 1200 N. Woodland, and hope to open their homemade ice-cream shop by the first weekend in March, Jimmy Brissey told The Beacon.

“That’s our target, but we don’t know how things are going to unfold,” he said, noting that renovations could take longer than expected, and another business they own needs unexpected attention.

Sweet Spot originally opened in April 2009 at 115 E. Rich Ave., next door to Bellini’s Deli & Italian Restaurant. But when Scott Groth — Jimmy Brissey’s uncle — sold the restaurant last summer, Sweet Spot started losing business.

“We lost 40 percent of our foot traffic, and sales decreased after he left,” Brissey said. “That inspired us to look at another location.”

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