Business

Wed
06
Dec

College offers culinary classes in Spanish

THE TEACHER — This is Abdiel Laboy, one of the culinary-arts instructors in a 13-month, Spanish-language program at Florida Technical College in Kissimmee.

THE TEACHER — This is Abdiel Laboy, one of the culinary-arts instructors in a 13-month, Spanish-language program at Florida Technical College in Kissimmee.

PHOTOS COURTESY FLORIDA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

THE PUPIL — This is Maribel Sperduto, a culinary-arts student at FTC in Kissimmee.

THE PUPIL — This is Maribel Sperduto, a culinary-arts student at FTC in Kissimmee.

Program could come to DeLand

Florida authorities estimate that around 30,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to the Sunshine State since Hurricane Maria hit their home island. The lingering question is whether they’ll find jobs.

Florida Technical College President James Burkett, Ph.D., is betting that they will. He is convinced that the Florida economy is healthy enough to incorporate the newcomers, and is gearing up to offer them career guidance.

As a first step, the school is launching a culinary-arts diploma program fully taught in Spanish. The program started Nov. 27 at the Kissimmee campus, but similar programs may start soon at the DeLand campus.

Wed
06
Dec

Skilled-nursing center celebrates 50th anniversary

WEARING WELL — This original section of what is now Parkside Health and Rehabilitation Center stretches alongside South Amelia Avenue in DeLand. This first part of the facility had a larger companion building added in 1984.

WEARING WELL — This original section of what is now Parkside Health and Rehabilitation Center stretches alongside South Amelia Avenue in DeLand. This first part of the facility had a larger companion building added in 1984.

Heather Jackson

Heather Jackson

Parkside Health and Rehabilitation Center in DeLand has hit the half-century milestone.

Parkside offers an array of services for both short-term and long-term stays, said Heather Jackson, who has been its administrator for almost six years.

Residents can be admitted for short stays for rehabilitation after surgeries or other procedures, or receive long-term skilled nursing care. Parkside also offers specialized wound care, infectious-disease management and control, and hospice and palliative care, Jackson said.

“We accept Medicare, Medicaid and most managed-care insurance,” she said. “We’re licensed for 122 beds, and we average 95 percent occupancy.”

The facility first opened as DeLand Convalescent Center in 1967 in a 13,902-square-foot building facing Amelia Avenue on a nearly 5-acre parcel, according to Volusia County property records. In 1984, a 20,204-square-foot addition was built perpendicular to the original structure.

Wed
29
Nov

DeLand Chamber names interim executive director

TEMPORARY BOSS — Amanda McHugh Worrall has been appointed interim executive director at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and Orange City Alliance. The DeLand native is a former marketing director for The Cloisters and holds bachelor’s degrees in marketing and  business administration.

TEMPORARY BOSS — Amanda McHugh Worrall has been appointed interim executive director at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and Orange City Alliance. The DeLand native is a former marketing director for The Cloisters and holds bachelor’s degrees in marketing and  business administration.

PHOTO COURTESY DELAND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

After the sudden departure of its former executive director and before a plan is finalized for finding a replacement, an interim top officer has been appointed at the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and Orange City Alliance.

Amanda McHugh Worrall is a DeLand native with degrees in business management and marketing who most recently was the marketing director for The Cloisters in DeLand.

Chamber President Susie Dolan said McHugh Worrall is personally and professionally invested in the community. McHugh Worrall is active in the Rotary Club of DeLand, the Junior Service League, and the Volusia Young Professionals Group.

She also serves on the Florida Hospital DeLand Foundation board, is a graduate of Leadership West Volusia, and has been an active member of the DeLand Chamber and an engaged member of the Chamber board.

Mon
20
Nov

Riviera Bella grows by nearly 300 homes

The Henin Group, developer of the luxury Riviera Bella community spanning 240 acres overlooking the St. Johns River in DeBary, is expanding the award-winning community by an additional 293 single-family homes.

Jerome Henin, president of the Winter Park-based Henin Group, says there are only 150 homesites remaining for new homes within the original 415-unit Riviera Bella development.

“The logical next step is to expand on that success by adding adjacent homesites and more amenities,” he said. The newly acquired 66-plus acres is directly across Fort Florida Road and near Lake Konomac.

The two projects will be interconnected by a new next-generation Envera security system. According to Henin, the system, which is being retrofitted throughout all the first phases of Riviera Bella, features live 24-hour video surveillance and interactive monitoring at all amenities and at every entrance.

Mon
20
Nov

New Goodwill store opens, includes help center for job-seekers

IMPRESSIVE STRUCTURE — This new Goodwill store and Job Connection Center is at 1600 N. Woodland Blvd. on DeLand’s north side. It replaces a smaller, retail-only store about a quarter-mile south.

IMPRESSIVE STRUCTURE — This new Goodwill store and Job Connection Center is at 1600 N. Woodland Blvd. on DeLand’s north side. It replaces a smaller, retail-only store about a quarter-mile south.

BEACON PHOTOS/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

HELP FOR JOB-SEEKERS — The new Goodwill facility includes a Job Connection Center, where people can get job training and placement services for the first time in West Volusia at a Goodwill facility.

HELP FOR JOB-SEEKERS — The new Goodwill facility includes a Job Connection Center, where people can get job training and placement services for the first time in West Volusia at a Goodwill facility.

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida has opened a larger retail store and a Job Connection Center on the north side of DeLand — providing its job-training and placement services to West Volusia residents for the first time.

Located at 1600 N. Woodland Blvd., the 25,000-square-foot facility will provide assistance with career counseling, résumé-writing, interview skills, computer training and job placement. The center also will offer a resource library and a computer lab.

The new facility also will feature a more spacious retail store, replacing the current location at 1560 N. Woodland Blvd.

“We have a long history of loyal shopping in West Volusia, and we thought the public would support a larger store,” said Bill Oakley, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, in an interview with The Beacon before the new store’s Nov. 9 ribbon-cutting and grand opening.

Wed
15
Nov

Waffle House to expand DeLand’s ‘breakfast district’

EMPTY, FOR NOW — This vacant lot at 1120 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand will be where Waffle House opens a new restaurant in about a year. The site is within a quarter-mile of a Denny’s and an IHOP, and less than a half-mile south of a Perkins Restaurant & Bakery.

EMPTY, FOR NOW — This vacant lot at 1120 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand will be where Waffle House opens a new restaurant in about a year. The site is within a quarter-mile of a Denny’s and an IHOP, and less than a half-mile south of a Perkins Restaurant & Bakery.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Waffle House, a Georgia-based chain of 24-hour restaurants, has bought property on North Woodland Boulevard on which to place its second eatery in West Volusia.

There’s a Waffle House at 414 Deltona Blvd. in Deltona, as well as one each in Port Orange and Ormond Beach.

The DeLand site, at 1120 N. Woodland Blvd., is less than a quarter-mile south of two other 24-hour, breakfast-dominant chain outlets — a Denny’s that opened last year and an IHOP that opened in 1978.

In addition, a Perkins Restaurant & Bakery is about two blocks north of IHOP; although it’s open just 6 a.m. to midnight (1 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights), it does serve breakfast at any time.

Wed
15
Nov

Stetson unveils role-play sales labs

LAB EXPERIENCED — Chase Levesque, a senior in the Centurion Sales Program, poses next to a split-screen shot showing how the two-camera system in the sales labs records simultaneously the seller and the person being sold to. Students and their professors can review the videos and see what a student did well and where he or she might need improvement.

LAB EXPERIENCED — Chase Levesque, a senior in the Centurion Sales Program, poses next to a split-screen shot showing how the two-camera system in the sales labs records simultaneously the seller and the person being sold to. Students and their professors can review the videos and see what a student did well and where he or she might need improvement.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

OFFICIALLY OPEN — Stetson University recently cut the ribbon officially opening the School of Business Administration’s Centurion Sales Program role-play laboratories. From left are John Riggs, D.B.A., executive director of the Centurion Sales Program; Neal P. Mero, Ph.D., professor of management and dean of the School of Business Administration; two unidentified students; President Wendy B. Libby; Stetson alumnus and program benefactor Leopoldo Fernandez and his wife, Marilina Fernandez; and two more unide

OFFICIALLY OPEN — Stetson University recently cut the ribbon officially opening the School of Business Administration’s Centurion Sales Program role-play laboratories. From left are John Riggs, D.B.A., executive director of the Centurion Sales Program; Neal P. Mero, Ph.D., professor of management and dean of the School of Business Administration; two unidentified students; President Wendy B. Libby; Stetson alumnus and program benefactor Leopoldo Fernandez and his wife, Marilina Fernandez; and two more unidentified students.

PHOTO COURTESY STETSON UNIVERSITY

Stetson University’s School of Business Administration recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of five new role-play sales laboratories for its new Centurion Sales Program.

During the event at the Lynn Business Center on the DeLand campus, two local business partnerships were also announced and celebrated.

The event opened with Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., addressing the standing-room-only event.

“We are thrilled to partner with this savvy businessman,” Libby said, indicating Leopoldo Fernandez, a Stetson alumnus and entrepreneur who has owned two major businesses in Spain. “Sales is the fuel for driving business forward, and we thank Leo for driving Stetson forward.”

The sales program was made possible by a donation from Fernandez, in honor of his father, Genaro Fernandez Centurion.

Wed
08
Nov

New DeLand Subway opens; another business to occupy old eatery

NOW OPEN — A new Subway restaurant opened Nov. 1 at 1204 N. Woodland Blvd., next door to its longtime former home (brown building on the left in this photo). It seats more than three times as many customers as its former location, which will be renovated and leased to another, as-yet-unnamed company.

NOW OPEN — A new Subway restaurant opened Nov. 1 at 1204 N. Woodland Blvd., next door to its longtime former home (brown building on the left in this photo). It seats more than three times as many customers as its former location, which will be renovated and leased to another, as-yet-unnamed company.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

BRIGHT AND AIRY — The interior of the new Subway shop follows design and amenities guidelines the parent company introduced earlier this year, including several self-order kiosks, colors inspired by fresh vegetables, and a roomier dining area.

BRIGHT AND AIRY — The interior of the new Subway shop follows design and amenities guidelines the parent company introduced earlier this year, including several self-order kiosks, colors inspired by fresh vegetables, and a roomier dining area.

SELF-ORDER STATIONS — Customers in the new Subway eatery can order and pay for their food before they even get in line, just by using one of these self-order machines. A similar kiosk is in the restaurant’s drive-thru lane.

SELF-ORDER STATIONS — Customers in the new Subway eatery can order and pay for their food before they even get in line, just by using one of these self-order machines. A similar kiosk is in the restaurant’s drive-thru lane.

After several months of delays, a new, 55-seat Subway restaurant on North Woodland Boulevard finally opened a little more than a week ago on Nov. 1.

Wes Bennett, a principal in the franchising company Florida Sub Systems Inc., said weather was the biggest factor in delaying the scheduled summer opening.

“The storm delayed us a little bit, and there were construction-site issues and a lack of power,” Bennett said. Despite the delays, however, “it turned out very nice.”

The new eatery at 1204 N. Woodland Blvd. includes everything Bennett promised it would in an interview earlier this year, most notably a drive-thru accessed from Mandarin Avenue on the north side of the property.

The drive-thru will allow customers to place their orders via a keypad at a kiosk, without talking to anyone inside. If paying with a credit card, Bennett said, the kiosk also can handle that without human intervention.

Wed
08
Nov

DeLand Chamber searches for new leader

DEPARTED LEADER — Lacey Ekberg, who was hired as the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce’s executive director this past January, has resigned to handle family business matters after her father, brother and another relative died this year. A search for her replacement has not yet begun.

DEPARTED LEADER — Lacey Ekberg, who was hired as the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce’s executive director this past January, has resigned to handle family business matters after her father, brother and another relative died this year. A search for her replacement has not yet begun.

BEACON FILE PHOTO/COURTESY LACEY EKBERG

Ten months after landing what was thought to be its leader well into the future, the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce is once again searching for a new executive director.

Lacey Ekberg, who started Jan. 3 following a six-month search, has quit so she can focus on family business issues spawned by several deaths in her family, said Susie Dolan, this year’s Chamber president.

“She had several deaths in her family over the last year, [including] her father, a brother and a sister-in-law,” Dolan said. “She’s been having to go back and forth between here and Texas and Idaho,” where the family businesses are.

With all the traveling, Ekberg apparently found it difficult to focus and felt she had to be with her remaining family to help run the businesses, Dolan said.

“We’re definitely disappointed,” she said. “We were so excited when she was hired, and she was, too.”

Ekberg’s last day on the job was Oct. 27. Efforts to reach her were unsuccessful.

Wed
01
Nov

Morgan & Morgan sets up shop in DeLand

BRANDED BUILDING — Orlando-based Morgan & Morgan, which recently opened its 41st office in DeLand, has emblazoned the firm’s name on two sides of the New York Plaza office building Downtown. The office is in Suite 315.

BRANDED BUILDING — Orlando-based Morgan & Morgan, which recently opened its 41st office in DeLand, has emblazoned the firm’s name on two sides of the New York Plaza office building Downtown. The office is in Suite 315.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

ATTORNEY IN RESIDENCE — Martin Jaffe, left, is the attorney who will be working in Morgan & Morgan’s DeLand office in the New York Plaza office building. He is shown with Wayne Carter, executive director of the MainStreet DeLand Association, during the law firm’s open house to showcase its new office.

ATTORNEY IN RESIDENCE — Martin Jaffe, left, is the attorney who will be working in Morgan & Morgan’s DeLand office in the New York Plaza office building. He is shown with Wayne Carter, executive director of the MainStreet DeLand Association, during the law firm’s open house to showcase its new office.

BEACON PHOTO/JAN GIROUX

John Morgan, founder of Morgan & Morgan

John Morgan, founder of Morgan & Morgan

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

A number of prominent law firms headquartered in Daytona Beach or Orlando have satellite offices in DeLand or elsewhere in West Volusia. But none of them has emblazoned the firm’s name on a high-rise building.

Until now.

Morgan & Morgan, a personal-injury law firm based in Orlando, has opened an office on the third floor of New York Plaza at 100 E. New York Ave., which for many years was known as the Dreka Building. The building is on the southeast corner of New York Avenue and Woodland Boulevard.

Eighteen-inch-tall letters spell out the firm’s name between the second and third floors on the sides of the building facing both major thoroughfares. The lettering went up in mid-September, according to Michael J. Smith, a partner and attorney in the firm’s Tavares office who oversees Morgan & Morgan’s expansions outside of Orlando.

The cost of the naming rights was rolled into the lease, Smith said, and was not a separate expenditure.

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