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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Realtor achieves membership in global real estate network
Gus Laserna of Realty Pros Assured was awarded the Certified International Property Specialist designation.
He joins a worldwide network of real estate practitioners with expertise in working with international clients as well as serving the growing multicultural population in the United States.
The designation is awarded by the National Association of Realtors. Mr. Laserna was formally recognized at the organization's Realtors Conference & Expo in November.
To earn the designation, Realtors complete coursework devoted to learning cultural differences and international business practices. Designees must also prove achievement in international real estate transactions.
Mr. Laserna office's is at 2110 Oceanshore Blvd., Suite B, Ormond Beach.
The Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce recently presented its Teachers of the Quarter awards.
The latest honorees are Laurie Tingler of the Pace Center for Girls, Diane Haleama of Hinson Middle School, Kellee Deriggi of Ormond Beach Elementary School, Saundra Murray of Ormond Beach Middle School, Debbie Treur of Osceola Elementary School, Sue Fox of Tomoka Elementary School, Stephanie Glaenzer of Pathways Elementary, Steve Waterman of Pine Trail Elementary School and Dennos Scaccia of Seabreeze High School.
The Ormond Beach chamber is at 165 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach. For more information, call (386) 677-3454 or visit Ormondchamber.com.