After approximately a year-and-a-half with the county, Brad Burbaugh has a new title and expanded duties — which now include oversight of the ECHO and Volusia Forever programs.

Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed three military- and veteran-related bills to establish a “Purple Star Campus Program,” to help transitioning service members gain workforce ‎training, and enhance veterans’ preference in hiring.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has stopped accepting new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications from most lenders almost a full month before the $292 billion program’s application deadline. 

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) in May announced Florida’s Return to Work initiative. This program is focused on encouraging Floridians to return to the workforce, helping employers attract job seekers, and continuing to fuel the state’s economic growth. 

AdventHealth is now offering expanded medical services following a major upgrade to its Orange City facility that also consolidates and adds to all of AdventHealth’s obstetric care in West Volusia, according to a news release announcing the opening. 

The boards of directors for SMA Healthcare (SMA), the leading behavioral health agency in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties, and The Centers, a behavioral health agency based in Marion County, have agreed to a merger, effective July 1. 

 M/I Homes’ Newport model home is open and ready to welcome prospective buyers at Rivington, the unique 296-acre master-planned community off of Fort Florida Road, west of U.S. Highway 17-92 and a quarter-mile from the DeBary SunRail station.

Florida will end its participation in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, the $300-per-week supplemental FPUC payment, effective June 26 as part of the Department of Economic Opportunity’s “Return to Work” initiative.

Forty nonprofit organizations across the country will each receive a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program to help fund neighborhood improvement projects, according to a news release.

For seven years in a row, a named storm has preceded the June 1 official start of hurricane season. This year, it was Tropical Storm Ana, which dissipated in the North Atlantic in mid-May.

Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed into law House Bill 7061, Florida’s Tax Cut Package, which he says will ensure the state of Florida remains one of the most tax-friendly environments in the nation.

Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, has opened at 2375 S. Woodland Blvd., in Country Club Corners Shopping Center on DeLand’s south side.

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Stetson University has announced it will break ground this summer on the new Cici & Hyatt Brown Hall for Health & Innovation. The end result will be a 120,000-square-foot science complex for students studying the health sciences, environmental sciences and other fields.

Launch Credit Union will host a series of free “Shred Days” at three Launch CU branches, including the one in Orange City. Members of Launch CU and nonmembers are invited to stop by and have up to five boxes of their papers shredded from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on select dates.

Bee Realty Corp is growing to deliver an outstanding customer experience to even more buyers and sellers. Two staff members were recently added to the hive: Whitney Marzan as a broker assistant to Bee Powell, and Tracy Parks as marketing director.

Maintaining and monitoring Volusia County government’s financial transactions is a big job. A nearly 13-year veteran of county government, Lynne Urice has been overseeing the job as the acting accounting director since March 2020. And now, she has landed the permanent position.

A new partnership among four state colleges (including Daytona State College), the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and the national nonprofit SkillUp Coalition has been established to create new pathways to opportunity for workers throughout the region.

Each year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognizes the very best in American small business for their achievements in eight areas, plus the Small Business of the Year with a grand prize of $25,000. Businesses must meet certain requirements to be eligible.

Hold-ThyssenInc., a full-service commercial property firm based in Winter Park which leases and manages Enterprise Plaza in Orange City, recently closed on a five-year lease with SalonCentric, distributor of salon professional products in the center located at 2499 Enterprise Road.

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America continues to make progress toward a post-pandemic world, but, especially in Central Florida, unemployment is still elevated and thousands of job seekers are still trying to get back in the workforce.

The board of directors of McKim & Creed Inc., an engineering and geomatics firm with offices throughout the U.S. — including 10 locations in DeLand and elsewhere in Florida — is pleased to announce that Steven W. Smith, PE, was appointed the company’s next chief executive officer effecti…

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) allows small and midsize employers, and certain governmental employers, to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees t…

The requirement for unemployed Floridians to prove they are searching for work could go back in effect in late May, if Gov. Ron DeSantis allows his waiver of that requirement to expire.

Volusia County’s search for a new emergency management director led all the way to Monroe County and the home of the Florida Keys — where they know a thing or two about storm response and emergency preparedness.

Council on Aging of Volusia County (COA) recently welcomed Robin Markus as the organization’s marketing, communications, and events manager.

Due to a scheduling conflict, the West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce has changed its legislative breakfast to a luncheon this month at DeBary Golf & Country Club.

Self-Help Credit Union in DeLand, like its three dozen counterparts in Florida, Virginia, and North and South Carolina, is offering college students a chance to receive a $1,000 scholarship to help further their studies.

The pace of the airline-industry recovery is accelerating. More than a million people have passed through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints each day during the past week.

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools received a $30,000 grant from Duke Energy Foundation to create powerful communities in Volusia County through teacher classroom mini-grants and Volusia County Schools’ Project IBIS (Investigating Biomes in Science) at Rose Bay in Port Orange.

Dream Finders Homes recently opened its first model home and already has nearly sold all of its 42 homesites in the new Rivington community along the St. Johns River in DeBary.

It’s costing motorists a little less to fuel up their vehicles lately as gas prices continue to slowly decline from this year’s highs set in March.

Under the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act and previously under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the Employee Retention Tax Credit, a provision of the CARES Act, has been extended and expanded.

The National Restaurant Association collaborates with safety experts from government organizations, academia, the public health sector, and corporations to bring operators the most up-to-date guidelines to ensure safe on- and off-premise dining.

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