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Business notes - Port Orange
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Posted: 2013 Feb 01 - 06:00

Broker gets contract on riverfront condo site

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank has been named exclusive broker for a 6.2-acre commercial development site on the Halifax River in South Daytona.

Mark Eilers, managing director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, said the riverfront site could be perfect for a luxury condominium, hotel or mixed-use development and the timing is equally good: impact fees for development of the site are discounted 75 percent for the next two years.

The site offers 603 feet of riverfront and PUD zoning that allows development of 372 units, or 60 units per acre. The site's Mixed Use 1 designation in the City of South Daytona permits residential, commercial, office, lodging or public uses.

Mr. Eilers and associate Jason Archer are leading the marketing assignment for the property.

Entrepreneur training program starting

The Center for Business Excellence's Communications Manager Lou Paris has taken on additional responsibilities as business development and communications manager and launching a new entrepreneur training program, Startup Quest, in April.

Startup Quest's mission is to empower and train educated, underemployed and unemployed individuals in the skills needed to become entrepreneurs. It will help them understand commercialization of technology from the university system and federal labs, and to understand business owners' challenges and needs in a startup environment.

Startup Quest will culminate in a competition in which teams of these individuals will be allotted 10 minutes to present their business plans to a panel of investors/judges.

"Startup Quest's success will depend heavily on business and economic development partnerships, which we are currently cultivating," Mr. Paris said.

Startup Quest is made possible through a multi-regional workforce board/University of Florida partnership grant funded by the U.S. Dept. of Labor. For more information, call (386) 323-7088 or e-mail louparis@cbe-fvc.org.

COA announces new additions to its team

Cathy Coates has joined the Council on Aging as its new marketing director.

Ms. Coates joins the council after six years as the community liaison for Florida Hospital HospiceCare. She will be responsible for marketing, public relations and fundraising efforts.

Dan Warren joined the council in November as chief financial officer. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Mr. Warren began his accounting career with Olivari & Associates in the 1990s. For the past 18 years he has practiced in public accounting or in the insurance industry in Nashville, Tampa and the Ormond Beach area.

Priscilla Chanfrau joined the council in June as the Living Gifts Foundation Director. Ms. Chanfrau will be helping individuals create a lasting memory for a loved one by making planned contributions to support elder services.

For more information, call (386) 253-4700 Ext. 216.

Law firm helps veteran-focused motorcycle group provide computer training

Port Orange-based law firm Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell has joined with Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club Florida Chapter 8, a non-profit veterans-for-veterans group, to offer free computer training for veterans.

The sessions will be led by Rolling Thunder board members John Trask and Ken Paul.

Classes, which are planned for every two weeks at alternating sites, will include training in MSWord, Excel, Power Point and basic internet searches.

Class sizes are limited and reservations are required. More information, including class dates and times, is available by calling (407) 797-4848 or (386) 503-7009, or e-mail kpofusa@yahoo.com or jrtrask1950@cfl.rr.com.

Winston James Development reports 50 percent increase in sales

Winston James Development reports it closed on sales of 17 new luxury homes in 2012 at the Villages of Royal Palm in Port Orange.

The firm posted 18 contracts for sales during the year, said Jamie Adley, president of the Villages of Royal Palm and vice president of Winston James.

Adley said Villages of Royal Palm saw a 50 percent increase in closed sales during the period.

The average sale price during the period was $250,000.

Two ready-to-move-in homes are available for sale now at the Villages of Royal Palm, priced from $275,000.

Three more homes under construction range in size from 1,300 square feet of living space to 2,600 square feet. All three homes will be completed in the spring.

Kohl's is looking for outstanding youth

Kohl's Department Stores will be accepting nominations for outstanding young volunteers beginning next week for the 2013 Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program. Nominations for kids ages 6 to 18 will be accepted Feb. 1-March 15 at kohlskids.com, and nominators must be 21 years or older.

Through the program, Kohl's will award more than 2,300 young volunteers more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes to reward kids who have made a positive impact on their communities.

Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl's stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl's gift card.

More than 200 of the store winners will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education.

Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education, and Kohl's will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner's behalf.

To learn more about last year's winners, visit kohlskids.com.

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