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GIVING — Florida Hospital Fish Memorial employees collected nearly 400 pounds of food items for Martha’s Cupboard on Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. From left are Enrique Calandra, Fish Memorial chaplain; Sue Remington, volunteer at Martha’s Cupboard and Orange City United Methodist Church; Beth Grant, Fish Memorial senior chaplain; Janet Chilcote, pastor at Orange City United Methodist Church; and Rob Deininger, Fish Memorial CEO.

Hospital staff donate food

Florida Hospital Fish Memorial employees collected nearly 400 pounds of food items for Martha’s Cupboard on Giving Tuesday, a movement that celebrates and supports philanthropy on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, following Cyber Monday.

Martha’s Cupboard is a food-pantry ministry of Orange City United Methodist Church. Food items are received from donations and distributed at the 3rd Saturday Community Connection.

“We have seen an increasing need for people in our community, especially at the end of the month and from job loss,” said Pastor Janet Chilcote. “Many people come to our church seeking help with food, often for the first time in their lives.”

Martha’s Cupboard is open 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. during the week. Anyone can stop by, fill out an assistance form, and receive a bag of groceries. For more information, call 386-775-3068.

As of Jan. 2, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is now known as AdventHealth Fish Memorial.

Chamber’s 2019 officers announced

The West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the members of its 2019 board of directors.

Serving in the coming year will be Kelly Moore of Kelly Moore Photography, president; Greg LeFils of LeFils & Company LLC, treasurer; Laura Engstrom of Alternate Design Plumbing, secretary; and board members Francine Rope-Mundy of FRM Commercial A/R Solutions LLC, Gary Sturgeon of Sturgeon Insurance/Allstate, Rob Slezak of Capital Choice Financial Group, Rich Gailey of Money Concepts Inc., Steve Siegel of Marbec Enterprises Inc., Mike Chimento of US Health Advisors, John MacFarlane of Central Florida Home Pros LLC, Bill Fairfull of Simplicity Solutions, Victor Ramos of the City of Deltona, and Past President Denise White of DM White Insurance Agency.

Business-school professor honored

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Isabel Botero, Ph.D., an assistant professor of family enterprise and entrepreneurship at the Stetson University School of Business Administration, was awarded the Advanced Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (ACFWA) and honored as a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) at the 2018 FFI Global Conference held in London, England.

To be named a fellow honoree, Botero had to achieve comprehensive professional knowledge and significant expertise over the past 10 years that may now be shared and used by family business owners and family wealth-management clients.

The Family Firm Institute (www.ffi.org) is an international professional membership organization of more than 1,800 individuals and organizations across 88 countries. It provides interdisciplinary education and networking opportunities for family-business and family-wealth advisers, consultants, educators and researchers.

“Becoming a Fellow for the Family Firm Institute is an honor for me because it highlights my collaborative work to help family enterprises around the world become better,” explained Botero. “It also acknowledges the importance of education and research in the field.”

Create your own business plan

A key to starting and building a successful business is planning. Sometimes, a business plan is required, but it’s not always the answer to creating a successful business.

Sometimes, you need to think lean.

SCORE Mentor David Terrell will walk you through a lean canvas to help you create a blueprint of your business at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. He will provide practical tips and tools.


— Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews


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